The story of the san antonio shoemakers™(sas) family begins with its founders, terry armstrong and lew hayden. terry and lew had a vision of how genuine leather shoes should be made. with determination, and the support of their families, the two pooled their resources to start their first factory in a corner of an unused aircraft hangar on the south side of san antonio. in 1976, san antonio shoemakers was born. today, we continue to handcraft our shoes from only the softest, highest quality leather. just one pair of shoes may go through up to 100 different steps. there are 14 primary operations that take place in our factories like leather selection, die-making, cutting, lasting and more. within those operations, approximately 80 different skilled pairs of hands are carefully constructing and inspecting each shoe to make sure the sas shoes you choose are the best made pair of footwear in your closet.