Running Shoes

I have already blogged about New Balance, but since I bought another pair, let’s do another shout out.

Made in the USA running sneakers, sold right here in Maine at the factory store in Skowhegan.

BUT REMEMBER that not all New Balance sneakers are made in the USA, only some are. Be sure to check the label of each pair or ask the store clerk to point out which ones are.

newbalanceHappy running!



Fall is pretty much here, the floor is getting cold. We haven’t started the woodstove yet but my feet are ready for something more.

Everyone needs a good pair of slippers. A few years ago I was looking for a pair and had a hard time finding any made in Maine that I could afford. Plenty of companies sell moccasins with Maine place names to make you think they are made in Maine, but they are not. A few are actually made in Maine but were out of my price range.

Luckily my friend Gus found me a source at a fair made right in Ellsworth. Anne and Bob Dickens are the small company ‘Leatherworkers.’ They asked me to outline my foot on paper and mail it to them, and they sent me custom made slippers that are ridiculously cozy.

They are not tightly form fitting, but the inside is soft and fluffy and will keep your feet warm and toasty all winter long. They have held up great.


My pair are a little dirty but I spill things often.

I don’t remember the exact price but they were very affordable.

Bob and Anne Dickens, Leatherworkers: (207) 667-7925

Running shoes

Many Mainers know that New Balance makes athletic shoes in Maine. It is one of the last big companies making sneakers in the USA.

When I need a new pair, I make a stop into the factory store in Skowhegan to see what they have. There is a factory store in Oxford, ME too.

What many people do not realize is that not all of their sneakers are made in the USA, only some. You have to look at each pair and see. I have seen friends who are very disappointed when the look under the tongue of the shoe only to discover their New Balances were made overseas.

Be sure to look to see if they are made in the USA before you buy, and then lace up and hit the road!

You can buy New Balance footwear in lots of stores, including Lamey Wellehan stores across Maine, a terrific local business.