The story of the San Antonio Shoemakers(tm) (SAS) family begins with its founders, Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden. The two first met in Pittsfield, Maine, but their passion for making quality footwear led them to San Antonio, Texas. After working for a local shoe company, Terry and Lew struck out on their own.
They 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.
They started small, with just 13 shoemakers and no marketing beyond word of mouth. The SAS reputation grew and became a name people could trust for comfortable, quality footwear. In 1985, SAS opened a factory in Del Rio, Texas, keeping their business in Texas while allowing for expansion.
Today SAS, continues its dedication to quality and comfort, while expanding the brand to include dozens of new styles and colors. Now, SAS’s line features everything from walking and athletic shoes to pumps, flats, sandals, and even new boots for women. The men’s line has expanded to include walking and athletic wear to dress shoes, and expanded fresh comfort casual offerings. Every day, SAS finds a way to help you Keep Moving(tm).
This shoe has the comfort that SAS is known for, BUT also has the loose heel that is so prevalent on all shoes today...back it goes.
nice shoe-just didn't fit and thought going up one size would make it too big. Sorry I had to return them
I LOVE SAS--made in San Antonio Texas, USA! Whoot! These are very cute flats with a subtle gold print over the black leather. Just adorable. They seem like they might slip off my feet if I ran or walked quickly, but I do not intend to do that. Also--the sole of the shoe squeaks like crazy on anything but carpeted floors, so keep that in mind if you might be wearing these to work or walk in lots of buildings with hallways. I am keeping them, however.
great quality and fantastic fit! I have a very wide foot and shoes that fit are few and far between. These are a little pricey but well worth it.
I love that these came in Slim widths. The heel fit good & snug...I don't really know...just some how these did not fit right. I may order again at a later date. I ordered both the 9S and the 81/2 S. I wear an 81/2 S in SAS. It fits me always! So, the 9 was too big--the 81/2...just not right. I ordered the Walk Easy & it fits. Maybe just the nylon uppers on the Sporty were not as supportive as the leather on the Walk Easy. But a great shoe for someone who does not have feet like mine. I love the feel of SAS shoes!
Ordered both 9 N and 9.5 N Kept the 9N because it fit true to size with a roomy toe box Haven't worn outside yet but they were comfortable walking around house Lately have found sizes different from year to year brand to brand and even within brands which makes ordering on line a real pain.
I wanted to like them - the dark pewter color is terrific, and would go with lots of things in my closet. They are well-made, were cushy, and a nice style. The size was small, though. I ordered my normal size (9.5B), and they were just a tad short. Also, because I had a high instep, the closure fastened only about half-way, leaving an unattractive patch of black velcro underneath. I returned them - so close, but not quite.
I love these shoes. I don't usually wear SAS, but these were a true find for me. As a symphonic musician I have to have black leather dress shoes for the stage. I always have trouble finding a shoe that is comfortable and yet fits all the requirements. This shoe is great. The Mary Jane style keeps the shoe on my foot especially on slippery stage floors. The footbed is so supportive that I don't need to use my custom orthotics. My orthotics fit in the shoe if I remove the footbed, but with the arch support and toe support that is built into the footbed, I don't need them. The sole is squishy and gives with you as you walk across hard surfaces. The heel is low enough to be comfortable but dressy enough to look great! These were a real find for my purposes.
These shoes are great! They were comfortable from the first minute I slipped them on. I have a long narrow foot and these shoes fit.
The SAS Maria looks okay and is sturdy but does not fit my feet. In running shoes I wear a size 5.5 2E in both Brooks and New Balance. I have been looking to replace my well-worn Sketchers Work Bikers Hobie mary-jane which is a size 5C, bought here at Zappos in 2009. The SAS Maria in a size 5 is too long and I step right out of the shoe. It is too narrow for the widest part of my foot. The toe-box is too narrow and my toes are squished. I typically change out the insole of my shoes with the New Balance stability insoles which provide good arch support. The SAS Maria has a thin foam pad at the arch which is not enough support for me. These are being sent back and my search continues.