St Andrews Shoemakers Ltd originated at the hands of the late James Senior in the 1980's and the tradition has been carried on by Linda & Tom Struthers since 2001.
Linda's dance feet started tapping at a very young age to the Scottish Country Dance Music of her great uncle, the music maestro the late Sir Jimmy Shand and continued throughout her school years to adulthood. Tom's introduction to Scottish Country Dancing was much later but he progressed with much enthusiasm. With an established family business in the Ghillie Brogue Kilt-shoe and Accessories Industry and an approach from Jimmy Senior himself as his own retiral approached, incorporating and developing the dance shoe business seemed a logical progression. The rest, as they say, is history!
As Scottish Country Dancers themselves Linda and Tom travel around the country, and as far afield as New Zealand, enjoying dance weekends where they combine their hobby with their business interests, listening and staying in touch with ideas and suggestions from Scottish Country Dancers and their teachers. They also have on-going close links with local Highland Dance schools and their teachers, many of whom send their pupils directly to the warehouse in Glenrothes for advice and fitting.
Many new developments have resulted from a simple suggestion, an example being the Fochabers Ghillie which originated from a discussion with Ann Taylor, residing in Fochabers at the time. The Braemar Wide resulted from considering the wider feet of Australians and New Zealanders who are fortunate enough to spend a lot of their time wearing non-restrictive sandals.
The company has its own tannery producing the finest gloving leathers to our own specification. Using the latest technologies we are assured of consistent leather thickness throughout the shoe which in turn ensures a standardised manufacturing approach across our ranges. We are able to use a lighter weight and finer grained leather which allows the shoe to feel like a second skin around the foot.
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