Get to Know Us
Cord Shoes and Boots is an Atlanta-based company making shoes, boots, and leather goods. We design and manufacture quality footwear and accessories using traditional construction methods, resulting in products that are comfortable, durable, and long lasting. Our pride in the craft of shoemaking is evident in the quality of our designs, the integrity of our products, and the transparency of our manufacturing process. All of our products are 100% designed and made in our shop in Atlanta, GA.
Cord was founded with the belief that less can be better. We hope to inspire our customers to buy better things instead of more things.
Know your shoes. Tread happily.™
How We Abide
LESS BUT BETTER
Cord produces a limited line of men’s and women’s shoes. Most brands put a large premium on variety, volume, and speed to market. We focus on producing a small, carefully curated product line. We design and make shoes that a customer buys to wear season after season.
Cord creates modern footwear inspired by time-tested and classic styles. From our lasts to our patterns, we design with an uncompromising attention to detail.
MATERIALS: QUALITY + KNOWLEDGE
Put good in, get good out. The materials make the product. We know where our materials come from and how they are made. Our shoes and accessories are made using leather tanned to specification by the Boaventura family in Alcanena, Portugal.
Some of the finest leather in the world, the leather used in our uppers and accessories originates from the best quality full grain hides in the Iberian Peninsula. Drawing on nearly 100 years of excellence and tradition, the Curtumes Boaventura Tannery processes its leather completely from raw material to finished hides. Boaventura leather is produced using a classic tannage from their proprietary recipe, followed by a retannage utilizing high-tech waterproofing systems, and then it is finished with anilines and oils to give the leather its rare and complex appearance.
From our lasts, to our hardware, to our supplies and packaging, we also continually strive to source American. We're proud to say that many of our materials—and 100% of our labor force—are American made.
SMALL SCALE, HIGH QUALITY
We don't like the short cuts taken in most high volume manufacturing operations. All our products are made by hand and carefully inspected at every phase of production. We believe in taking the time to hand cut our patterns and hand last every shoe. While our careful construction methods ensure long term wear and comfort, our small scale allows for the attentiveness and level of customer service you won't find with other footwear brands.
DURABLE SHOES, COMFORTABLE SHOES
Cord Shoes and Boots are made using 100% sewn construction, not cementing or bonding. This creates durable shoes that can be re-soled and repaired, not thrown away. We build shoes and boots for the long haul.
GOOD BOOTS FOR WOMEN
Too many footwear companies place the bulk of their emphasis on male styles. Cord is a woman-owned business, and we believe women should be able to buy quality shoes that don’t fall apart after one season. Catering to women is a priority for us, not an afterthought. We also believe that women need good work boots—something without a heel or a pointy toe. Holla at the woman who can wear a mean boot!
PRIDE IN WHAT WE MAKE, PLEASURE IN MAKING
We are making shoes because we love making shoes. A lot of heart and grit goes into every pair that leaves our shop.
DO NOT GET BORED, GET BETTER
We strive everyday to be better than we were yesterday. We take pride in what we do and the products we sell.
SHOP DOGS + COFFEE (SIMULTANEOUSLY, AT YOUR OWN RISK)
Poe: Cord’s reigning shop dog keeps us sane.
Coffee: We drink a lot of it.