Custom, handmade sandals

Behind the Sandals

I’m Matt Paisley. Since 1993, I’ve been a high school teacher, cross country coach, and an avid runner. Up until 10 years ago, I was running in standard shoes, and constantly endured injuries and discomfort. Then came the last straw - a herniated disc in my lower back. To me, a life without running is not possible. I could not simply stop! But, I couldn’t keep heel-striking in cushioned shoes either - the motion that shot searing pain up my legs and back. So...after catching wind of the new (or very old) barefoot running technique, I decided to give it a shot! I ran barefoot for some time, but quickly realized I needed a small layer of protection under my feet. Running sandals were the perfect option.

Along with rest and physical therapy, sandals helped me bounce back into running. I have been injury free for 10 years, and want others to experience this as well! As a long-time craftsman, I took my idea to the workshop, and have been perfecting the running sandal ever since. The process has not been easy, and I have learned more about the human foot than I thought possible. If I were to share a few things I have learned, these would be them:

Handcrafting is essential. Running sandals especially, which take a beating during every run, need to be custom-made. My sandals are incredibly durable, and I perfect every small mistake before it arrives at your door. I guarantee my sandals, and will either refund the sale price or craft you a new pair of sandals if you're not happy.

The sandals need to be perfect for every unique foot. Whether you have a small foot or large foot, a tendency to pronate or supinate, a flat-foot or high arch, every person’s foot is different. Each runner needs a unique shoe. For this reason, I have customers trace their foot and send me the dimensions (you will see at check-out).

Lastly, a craftsman needs to love his craft. I am passionate about what I do, and put my heart and soul into each pair of sandals.

Welcome to the website!