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Talent Tuesday: Barry

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today it's all about Barry, who's been making shoes here since the early 1960s.
 
 
 
We joke that he came with the building when our great grandfather bought it in 1962. Barry's job involves cleaning all the shoes that come off the production line, lacing them, as well as stamping and packing each shoe box. 
  
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Talent Tuesday: Mikey

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today we're featuring Mikey, who's worked here since July 12, 1989.

After Derek and Ron have lasted each shoe, it's Mikey's job to rough the leather that has been lasted under each shoe. This helps the sole of the shoe hold onto the leather when they get attached. On the right side of the photo, you can see soles...


Talent Tuesday: Ron

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today we’re featuring Ron, who's been here for fifteen years as a side-heel laster.

After Derek places the stitched uppers on the lasts (you can see a bunch of them in the bins behind Ron) and runs them through the toe laster, Ron's job is to run the shoes through a separate lasting machine that folds under the sides and heels....


Talent Tuesday: Derek

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today we’re featuring Derek, our toe lasting man! 

Derek has been operating our toe lasting machine for eleven years. Derek's dad actually also worked here in lasting as well. Donna and the fitting room ladies will send the stitched uppers, just like you see in the photo, upstairs to Derek where it's his job to select the correct lasts, tack the...


Talent Tuesday: Donna

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today we’re featuring our very own Donna, who's been making shoes here for almost 20 years.

 Donna started making shoes at another shoe company in the area in 1976. We were lucky she came to us after that manufacturing facility closed. Donna takes great care of our fitting room as the forelady in charge of all stitching. Along with the other...