Brown or Olive?

It can be hard to tell the difference between our brown and olive leather online.  To be honest, in certain lighting it can be hard to tell in person, too.  Where brown is a warm color, olive is cool.  It's the color of tree bark, and wet driftwood, very natural.  These photos feature our Middle English in Olive and they're the perfect neutral color for someone with an olive skin tone.  My friend, Jasmine Crowe is a nice example of this. 

Jasmine took time out of her busy totally relaxing lake vacation to model for me and I love the way we were able to quickly put together a very handmade (in the USA) outfit.  Homemade necklaces, handmade shoes, and a favorite Moop bag made in PA, accented with leather that passes through our shop. 

Moop Shop, PA  Aurora Shoe Co, NY

Moop Shop

Our Auroras are getting a lot of time in at the lake these days.  Where are your Auroras taking YOU?  Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram (#aurorashoes).


Handmade Shoes for (big) Kids

The other day my oldest son and I stopped in to see Uncle Dave at the shop.  He took a short break to chat with us and then one thing led to another, and we walked out the door with the smallest pair of Aurora Shoes I've ever seen (Women's 5 C) walking under the happiest face I'd seen that day. 

And what did my little (big) boy do when I asked him to model these pristine shoes?  He did what little (big) boys do;  he climbed his favorite tree.  I almost said something about the scuffing, but I bit my tongue, partly because Dave and I wore our first pairs to do everything under the sun when we got them 20 or so years ago, and partly because that's what full grain leather is all about.  It can take a few scrapes and bruises and somehow come out looking better for the wear. 

Silk Oak and Aurora Shoe Co.  handmade in the finger lakes
handmade in the finger lakes
Handmade Shoes for Kids

Where are your Auroras taking YOU?


Summer Has Arrived in Aurora

I don't know if there's anything more relaxing than a summer night on the lake with a small camp fire and a couple of acoustic instruments making soft music in perfect harmony.  Photo shoots are always fun, but this one was a real treat.  Jordan and Stephanie brought their guitar and mandolin along and the young (and recently married!) couple made sweet music while I snapped away.  Here are a few favorites...

Handmade leather shoes, NY

Middle English, New Mexican

Aurora, NY summer

This is summer in Aurora.  Where are your Aurora's taking YOU these days?


Meet the Neighbors: Woolen Moss

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.
It was a real treat to meet with Kate Lamarre, owner of Woolen MossKate sews beautiful clothing using organic and natural fabrics and simple, classic designs.  Last week we scooted over to nearby Firelight Camps to check out their new(ish) glamping operation and to capture some photos.  There are so many hidden treasures in our area, and it was fun to put a few of them together for this photo shoot!

West Indian

Handmade American Apparel

Firelight Camps


Ithaca Farmers Market

One Mother's Day weekend, three old friends, two outfit changes, a bunch of laughs, and plenty of sunshine combined to make a nice little time at the Ithaca Farmers Market.  

Where are your Auroras taking YOU?

Ithaca Farmers Market


Spring in Aurora with Jane Morgan's Little House

Spring has arrived in Aurora!  After one of the longest and coldest winters on record, we are finally able to shed the snow boots, leave our winter coats on their hooks, and step outside into some sunshine.  Our friends and Jane Morgan's Little House graciously lent us some new spring outfits for a long-awaited spring photo shoot.  Below are our West Indian in olive, and our Chinese in navy and brown. 

West Indian Leather Shoe
Aurora, NY

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