The Stetson Shoe factory

back in the day

Above: Expert craftsmen working in the blessed sunshine at the Stetson Shoe factory, Main Street, South Weymouth, Massachusetts – 1920

Banister Shoes

Stetson Shoes

Above: Master Cordwainers at their workbenches in the Banister Shoes manufactory and in the Stetson Shoe factory.

A cordwainer crafts shoes from new materials. The word comes from, "A worker in cordovan leather." A cobbler repairs shoes. Shoe factories were built to be long and narrow so that each craftsman had direct access to a window for perfect lighting. Women worked in shoe factories, too, as stitchers, primarily. Very few images exist, sadly,

though their roles in the shoe industry were critical. Imagine shoes without stitching or hand-detailing!

For a thorough report on women in the shoemaking trade, please see:

Women in Industry: The Manufacture of Boots and Shoes; Edith Abbott,

Published by the University of Chicago Press

Stetson Boots for Men:


To learn more about the E.H. Stetson Shoe Company, please visit the:

Digital Commonweath: Massachusetts Collections Online