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SHOE LAB NYC manufactures fashion footwear prototypes, sales samples and quick-to-market small batch orders as well as acting as an agent for foreign production.

From sketch to shelf, SHOE LAB NYC will help designers navigate the shoe development process.  With the capability to rapidly produce prototypes, sales samples and small test run production, we enable the startup as well as the established wholesale or retail customer to speed to market with quality products and on-brand styling, gaining competitive advantage and growth.

Empowered by our long term relationships in the finest factories and suppliers around the world, SHOE LAB NYC can enable any business to gain traction in the challenging but exciting footwear market.

In 1948 my grandfather and father built a shoe factory in New England.  Frustrated with the antiquated machinery and shoe making methods in the factory, my father traveled to Italy during 1956 and marveled at the shoe making processes and craftsmanship he found there.  Hiring a french designer he began importing shoes from Italy and moved the family to Padua, near Venice, in 1969.  Until 1980 I lived and worked in Italy increasing my knowledge, apprenticing besides some of Italy's foremost shoe makers and designers.

Over the years I've created shoe collections for many american and European brands. In 1991 I created my own footwear brand, David Aaron.  In 1996 we merged with Steve Madden (SHOO).  Most recently we have created several business and worked as consultants with start ups and well established RTW branded companies wishing to enter the footwear industry.

Since working as a leather cutter in the factory I've preferred working at a standing desk.  A few years ago I designed one for my office and have since sold them from this web site.  Click to read the review of my acrylic standing desk, I call the GIRAFFE DESK.  We believe for a healthier lifestyle, standing instead of sitting all day is an excellent solution. The GIRAFFE DESK and produce it in the hills of Virginia.

 ...for information on purchasing one email, david@shoelabnyc.com

core77 reveiw

the younger son, Jared, a photographer and my partner in this business adventure

my desk in the shoe labratory in the factory on 38th street, NYC

our Spanish design studio