How Two Shoemakers Are Bucking The Offshoring Trend

Most shoemakers left the United States for cheaper factories abroad decades ago. Here’s how two small, family-owned firms with strong consumer followings—Sabah and Okabashi—are bucking the trend.

Mickey Ashmore started Sabah, which makes shoes inspired by Turkish slippers, after being gifted a pair of traditional ones and searching out the best factory in Turkey that could make a more modern version. But these days, the company’s charismatic founder and CEO is excited about something closer to home: This spring, he quietly opened a new shoe factory in El Paso, Texas, to test new materials and styles of his shoes, which he calls sabahs

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