Fuck Yeah Made in USA

I feel it incumbent upon me, with all of the factory videos floating around in the world, to create the Fuck Yeah Made in USA Tumblr. A few of the most recent additions to the world of footwear factories are below in all of their 5D glory! I’m sure I am missing a bunch of stuff here, so submit your favorites in the comments below. [Fuck Yeah Made in USA]

Comments on “Fuck Yeah Made in USA

    sinuheon September 7, 2011 @ 1:31 AM:

    The Stronghold is my obviously biased favorite…


    Chéon September 7, 2011 @ 1:31 AM:

    Esquivel Shoes (Made in California): http://www.vimeo.com/11150577

    Strawfoot Handmade (Made in California): http://www.vimeo.com/23565242

    Kevinon September 7, 2011 @ 10:33 AM:

    very cool post. not sure if you’ve seen this yet or not. pretty fascinating look into how a Steinway piano is made. Some great characters: http://www.notebynotethemovie.com/

    Matt Pon September 7, 2011 @ 11:36 AM:

    Nice. Looking forward to watching all these videos. Keep up the good work.

    Paulon September 7, 2011 @ 12:17 PM:

    Shameless plug for my small factory/workshop:


    Thank you!

    Patrickon September 7, 2011 @ 12:35 PM:

    Danners whole “Standards” video series.


    Jared Shepardon September 7, 2011 @ 12:46 PM:

    Granted it’s not in the same ranks as some of these heritage brands, but Lincoln Supply makes great t’s and cotton items all made in the US. http://vimeo.com/21508040

    Robert Hohneon September 7, 2011 @ 2:09 PM:

    Great videos. Looking forward to the tumblr. I’m not exactly sure why these videos would be any less inspiring had they been shot at shops in Canada or Mexico or Norway.

    MOAon September 7, 2011 @ 2:25 PM:

    Great idea! Any chance you can turn the “follow” function on?

    Keep up the great work, Michael.


    Ray Hullon September 7, 2011 @ 3:43 PM:

    Let’s not overlook the western front: ElPaso and the US cowboy boot industry centered there: Lucchese, JB Hill, Stallion, Tres Outlaws, Rocketbusters and some others, but these are the handmade, high-end makers, all featuring gorgeous custom design and made-to-measure works of art.


    Ray Hull

    Maxon September 7, 2011 @ 4:05 PM:

    Soulcraft cycles

    A. Frankelon September 7, 2011 @ 4:30 PM:

    Nice idea sir. Roy Denim has a pretty rad one here: http://vimeo.com/16075230

    Sean Sculleyon September 7, 2011 @ 4:39 PM:

    Wonderful and moving.
    An invaluable record.
    Nice to see such fine people making things with care and consideration.

    Daveon September 7, 2011 @ 5:36 PM:

    Great idea, good job

    johnon September 7, 2011 @ 8:55 PM:

    aren’t wolverine boots made in rockford, michigan? not wisconsin as stated here…

    KENYANon September 7, 2011 @ 9:22 PM:

    Vintage Inspired Signage….. Made right here in the USA.

    Luv this post by the way MW…!

    Whitley Welleron September 7, 2011 @ 11:42 PM:

    That Mr. Williams is some “Important Shit”. Well done sir.

    CSPon September 7, 2011 @ 11:56 PM:

    I know Red Wing is a client of yours, but Thorogood also makes their boots and shoes in U.S. (in Wisconsin since 1892). I just bought a pair, and they’re so soft and comfortable right out of the box.

    Mark Lon September 8, 2011 @ 11:04 AM:

    Mast Bros–http://vimeo.com/13664547


    RJon September 8, 2011 @ 12:55 PM:

    New Balance

    christopherauguston September 8, 2011 @ 1:45 PM:
    The Ambassadoron September 8, 2011 @ 10:25 PM:

    Not to make the process any less interesting or appealing, but any idea what the factory workers’ benefits are like? Health insurance, retirement…probably non-existent. Hand-made, US made, is all cute and stuff, but who/what are we paying for? Just a thought.

    Jonathanon September 9, 2011 @ 10:42 AM:

    This whole “I buy Made in USA because it must be better” thing is kind of stupid (and probably racist). Humans are humans, and if they make something with passion and love, and provide for their families – I couldn’t care less if they’re European, American, Asian, African or whatever. Celebrating Americana and seeing amazing American artisans is fascinating and awesome, but it doesn’t mean Americans are a better “race” of manufacturers just because they are American.

    And by the way, there are still sweatshop-like factories in New York City (garment district). That’s not something to celebrate.

    sinuheon September 9, 2011 @ 9:30 PM:

    Lot’s of great films in here.

    @Jonathan you just don’t get it. It’s not about how it’s made or what race makes it. It’s about supporting your community and your community will support you back.

    vintageoddsandendson September 10, 2011 @ 5:03 PM:

    West Coast Shoe Company (Wesco), best boots ever made:

    Richardon September 10, 2011 @ 11:43 PM:

    that dude Johnathan is a fool. ever been to China, seen the factories producing as cheaply as inhumanly possible crap quality items? I have. lots of passion and love there.

    charlieon September 11, 2011 @ 7:53 PM:

    Jonathan…..I have been making clothing in the USA for the last 30 years. 20 years ago there were many many factories in NYC. the garment center. At that time, most were Union.
    You can almost count the factories in the garment center now on one hand…in the 60’s 90% of the clothing sold in the USA was made here. in the 70’s 75%..80’s about 30% so on…now…. less than 10%
    There is a connection between unemployment and importing cheaply made products from China…and what richard said..ever been to China…Talk about sweat shops!
    (don’t get me started on how china in polluting the earth…even more than us.)

    Simon Tuntelderon September 11, 2011 @ 8:16 PM:

    Great idea. A good source for inspiration!

    Joshuaon September 11, 2011 @ 10:04 PM:
    Joshuaon September 11, 2011 @ 10:08 PM:

    Sweet, you already had the second RD video! Cheers

    BFon September 12, 2011 @ 12:58 AM:

    Am I stupid, or is anyone else having trouble reblogging these tumblr posts?

    brennan woodson September 12, 2011 @ 8:36 AM:

    Fucking brilliant.

    don don September 12, 2011 @ 5:17 PM:

    how could you forget imogene + Willie!


    Joshuaon September 12, 2011 @ 8:54 PM:

    I couldn’t resist this post:

    I think you would be interested in looking at some furniture.


    Beautiful, gorgeous, woodworking designed originally by George Nakashima. It is what I’d describe as Asian, American, Modern in style.


    They re-size antique four poster bed frames. They also do reproductions. Very cool stuff.


    Mid Century Modern, manufactured in LA, streamlined furniture that is well built.

    Cheers to everyone,


    Jonathanon September 12, 2011 @ 11:10 PM:

    I’m know sweatshops in China are terrible. Of course! That’s not my point. I just say that people who think ‘Made in America’ is necessarily better than other countries are fools.

    Shaun Garciaon September 14, 2011 @ 11:39 AM:

    Great stuff out of Nashville TN


    Daisyon September 16, 2011 @ 11:52 AM:

    This is such an awesome idea! #USAFTW

    EJ in Philadelphiaon September 16, 2011 @ 7:29 PM:

    Jonathan, Here’s one argument for why a “Made in America” product can be better.

    The people in Brunswick and Freeport, Maine who manufacturer the classic L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Boots actually wear the boots they make and have an appreciation for what works and doesn’t work when walking around in typical Maine conditions of rain, snow, and mud. There’s some degree of confidence and trust in knowing that the people who make these boots also wear these boots and would be among the first to know if there were improvements that could be made. Extensive product testing and product improvement within an immediate feedback loop. If you think these workers don’t have incredible pride in their work, a real sense that the iconic products they are making are going out into the world as representatives and ambassadors of Maine, think again. Although it’s not impossible, I have a difficult time believing that typical Chinese factory workers wear or use or would take the pride in maintaining and improving quality in the products they make as much as their Maine counterparts. Also, having a good idea what a Maine winter is like, I have some confidence that a boot made by Mainers to conquer Maine weather will certainly be good enough for a Philadelphian. That’s my argument for why where a product is made/manufactured is important.

    O, and a decent L.L. Bean video of the boot factory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZmL8xZyipY

    Kyleon September 19, 2011 @ 2:25 AM:

    Seconding Mast Brothers chocolate. They’re brothers with beards. And they freaking love chocolate. And sailing.


    Seamuson September 19, 2011 @ 4:21 PM:

    Come on, how could you not have Nokona on the American list!? These are some of the finest handmade, made-in-America, baseball mitts. They are a testiment to the glove making art!



    Donon September 20, 2011 @ 1:05 PM:

    Seriously, do we need the profanity? It’s not only vulgar, but juvenile as well. You are better than that.

    Janeon September 21, 2011 @ 12:20 PM:

    Rock on City of Red Wing.

    Bruce Bon September 22, 2011 @ 10:15 PM:

    Here’s the latest from Red Wing, about their Puritan sewing machines.


    They don’t just hire Americans to make their boots, they employ a trio of mechanics just to keep those brilliant 100-year-old-machines running like the day they were made. And to the post that asked about wages and conditions in these factories, just take a look at those faces in the Red Wing films. There’s a reason for all the wrinkles: It’s a job for life that allows Americans to buy a home and raise a family.

    Jane Son September 22, 2011 @ 11:22 PM:

    Thanks for having such a nice list. Where are all the women’s clothes? There seems to be plenty of things made in the US for guys but I saw very little for women other than jeans. Does anyone know where I can find some nice tailored clothes for women (that don’t look like they are made for old ladies)? Nice pants, button down shirts, sweaters, etc.

    Nnekaon September 24, 2011 @ 11:38 PM:

    Love this post! Here are two more:

    cydwoq shoes:

    calleen cordero shoes:

    Nnekaon September 25, 2011 @ 12:28 AM:
    Kevinon September 26, 2011 @ 3:49 PM:

    Forgot about Lyon & Healy harps. Made in Chicago, i pass the factory on the “L” everyday to and from work. Totally fun to look in the windows as i go by. There’s 3 vids here after the first paragraph: http://www.lyonhealy.com/about.htm

    Alyssaon September 29, 2011 @ 3:11 PM:

    Love to see all the American made products. Here’s another video for your list (Aurora Shoe Co. Made in rural, Upstate, NY using American materials):


    Seanisseyon October 1, 2011 @ 2:11 AM:

    Filson still makes many of their items here state-side.

    Videos were obviously made in relation to the vans collaboration but still give a cool look into the Filson factory especially in part 2 of the video series.



    Patchon October 4, 2011 @ 12:44 PM:

    Dusty Signs is nice and simple.

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