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In 2004, we discovered our first pair of Peruvian boots while backpacking through South America. The quality of the materials used and the craftsmanship that went into making them were immediately clear to us. This led us to bringing these handcrafted shoes to the United States.

Since 2010, Fortress has worked with family-owned and operated factories and workshops to maintain the quality and craftsmanship that first inspired us more than ten years ago in Peru. We always ensure that the working conditions of the people who create our shoes are safe and that they are paid fair wages.

Handmade in Peru

Peru has a rich history of creating quality, hand-crafted goods, and our shoes are no exception to this.

Fair Trade

We focus on ensuring fair wages, gender equity, and good working conditions for all of our shoemakers.

Timeless Design

We strive to create shoes that are refined and versatile, with an eye for classic silhouettes that will stand the test of time.

Our Shoemakers

We partner with some of the best shoemakers in the world to craft shoes using natural materials and responsible production practices.

We believe the people who make our shoes are just as important as the people who buy them.

shoemaker cutting patterns into leather
shoe lasts on shelves in a factory
leather cut for shoemaking
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