Robert Mathews grew up in a shoemaking family. His grandfather did research on foot health and shoe design in the 1920s and ’30s at Antioch College and was a pioneer in the field of natural footwear. Rob learned the basics of his craft at an early age and has been expanding his knowledge and skills ever since.

Expert Craftsman

Rob has a keen eye for detail and does meticulous work. He is an expert pattern maker and a dedicated problem solver. He listens carefully to what his clients need and want in their custom footwear.

In 1998 he received his professional certification in pedorthics, after study at The University of Oklahoma at Okumulgee. This allows him to work with your podiatrist to incorporate all of your prescribed requirements into your custom made shoes.

Rob & Barbara

Rob was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Middlebury College, where he met his wife Barbara. They have worked together since 1975. Barbara is involved in the design and making of the shoes, as well as taking care of their clients and organizing the business. Her talent for color and design is much appreciated by clients when they are selecting their latest custom creation. Together Rob and Barbara have created a business, raised a family, and restored their antique farmstead. They especially enjoy the challenges and satisfactions of fulfilling the particulars of every order and love hearing from happy customers who are wearing their handmade shoes with comfort and delight.

Hear from some of Our Clients

“I LOVE THE SHOES! THANK YOU so much… the detail is exquisite… We should go into the design business.”


“I received the shoes, and as usual, I am thrilled. Please never retire.”

Hanover, NH

“They look awesome! Thank you so much!!”


“The exquisite Sacramento Bag in Black Ostrich arrived the same day as our visitors from Wales. I couldn’t wait to open the box – four pairs of eyes all registered approval. Your kindness to me in Evanston and your apparent love of your craft were so positive. Now I have your creation to enjoy. Thank you so much.”


“Thank you again for the simply gorgeous travel bag and the most comfortable shoes. It was, I am sure, a labor of love.

Daytona Beach

“Thanks to you both. The feeling of the shoes, name inside, have made me SO excited and happy. I wore them at breakfast and just giggled at how nice they are. You have my utmost gratitude for these works of art. ”


“The shoes you made for me are still my favorites and have hit the ground all over the United Sates and Europe. ”


“The boots arrived today and are gorgeous. What’s better, they feel like an embrace. We had our first freeze last night and I’m using that as an excuse to wear them tonight.”

St. Louis

“The shoes arrived and were worth the wait. Fabulous! Thanks.”

Evanston, IL

“Shoes are here. They are gorgeous and they fit perfectly! Thank you!”


We’ve gone solar!

We are excited to announce that we have gone solar! In 2013, ReVision Energy installed thirty solar panels on the roof of our 200 year old barn. These supply all the power for our studio.