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Weekly Feature: Drew

Drew's orthopedic and diabetic footwear that you've come to love and trust began from a small beginning over 130 years go along the Ohio River in Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1875, Irving Drew began his business of hand-making extra fine welt shoes for women with the assistance of only a few experienced shoemakers. This venture became known as the Drew Shoe Corporation (previously known as the Irving Drew Shoe Company).

The “welt” is a strip of leather which is sewn around the bottom edge of a shoe. This stitching (the welt seam) attaches the welt to both the insole and the upper of the shoe. The welt is folded out to form a point of attachment for the outer sole. The outer sole (two layers can be used in heavier shoes) is sewn to the welt, with a heavy-duty lock-stitch seam. (Loake Shoemakers, 25 April 2013)

As the company became more established, the quality of the shoes produced increased. This prospering business also increased, thus creating a sizable company. George Selby joined Drew in 1880 and the company was renamed the Drew-Selby Company. After more than 25 years of successful operations, Selby and Drew parted ways, with Selby founding Selby Shoe Company - a business that continued until 1957 (Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, 2015).

Following the Ohio River flood in 1937, Drew chose to move into the Godman Shoe Factory Building in Lancaster, Ohio, where it currently operates. Today, they operate all of their warehousing, distribution, and administrative functions from this location. With over 130 years of history behind it, the company has an excellent reputation "for beautifully styled footwear that protects and pampers feet in need of special care" (Drew Shoes).

"Drew Shoe has risen to the top of the medical shoes industry through [their] tireless commitment to innovation and choice" (Drew Shoes). This commitment has allowed them to become the number one manufacturer of orthopedic, diabetic, and other types of footwear designed to alleviate health problems. Not only are their footwear options therapeutic, they also "offer added depth, removable insoles, and one of the widest size/width combinations in the industry" (Drew Shoes).

Their collections range in styles from casual to athletic to dress with features that enhances the comfort of the footwear. Their newest collection is called Barefoot Freedom®. This design is intended for women who "demand style and beautiful craftsmanship," but desire the comfort and health benefits that Drew is famous for (Drew Shoes).

At Foot Foundation we offer styles for both men and women from Drew. Stop in today and find the fit that's right for your everyday needs.


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