I had the opportunity to visit iconic American shoemaker Allen-Edmonds' corporate-owned Shoe Bank in Port Washington just north of Milwaukee. The Shoe Bank is attached to the AE factory as well as their corporate HQ.
I visited after the workers had gone home so I wasn't able to see the factory but I had a chat with Chris who was working in the Shoe Bank. They're executing a steady expansion plan opening up stores in the US. Their fourth and largest NYC store will open this fall on 43rd St.
In the last 12 months they've enjoyed quite a bit of press coverage and visits as they are enjoying the resurgence of "Made in USA" and heritage brands.
View of wing containing AE corporate HQ
View of factory (left) and wing containing retail Shoe Bank (right)