About Nettleton

Nettleton Shoes - Shoes of Worth Since 1879

“Only the Cunning of Human Skill – the highest degree of perfection is achieved only by the immeasurable “knock” or skill acquired by the human eye and hand. Nettleton still makes shoes entirely by hand. Such fine craftsmanship
characterizes everything that issues from Nettleton workrooms.”

The company was founded in 1879 by A.E. Nettleton in Syracuse, New York, U.S.A., as a manufacturer of high end gentlemen’s footwear. Nettleton Shoes has been serving the desires of our discriminating customers for more than 132 years. The company has provided footwear to some of the most sophisticated individuals in the country with special request coming from high ranking military officers and U.S. Presidents alike. Edward A.Tognoni purchased Nettleton Shoes in the 1970’s expanding the company’s reach internationally.

A Family Business

The Nettleton Group is presided over by the Tognoni family. Ed Tognoni holds the position of company president overseeing all of the company’s operations. He is the driving force behind footwear design, manufacturing and quality control. His guidance and tutelage is invaluable in keeping the Nettleton Shoe at the forefront of the footwear industry. Other close family members are active in the day to day operations of the company. Each one of them has the same commitment to quality and upholding the tradition of the Nettleton brand.

Footwear as an Art Form

The Tognoni family considers the design, manufacture and offering of footwear to be an art form. Our roots run deep in both footwear and the arts. Our paternal great grandfather was a master shoemaker in the Tuscan region of Italy in the 19th century. Our paternal grandfather was a stone cutter in the marble quarries of Tuscany. Our maternal grandfather was the purveyor of a large music business in the Midwest. He and his business associates organized to bring Maestro Arturo Toscanini to St. Louis, Missouri for an unprecedented concert. Our father Edward Sr. was a master sculpture that carved works of art in stone for some of the most iconic buildings in the Midwest region of the U.S. Additionally he was accomplished on the violin and mandolin playing classical and Italian folk music for members of the family. We have a commitment to quality, fit and producing a shoe that is worthy and a source of pride to our family of artisans.

The Tradition Continues

Today as an integral part of the Nettleton Group, Nettleton Shoes carries on with the finest in footwear for gentlemen. The styling is both classic yet incorporates the fashion nuances expected by today’s savvy customer.

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What Makes A Nettleton Shoe?

What makes a Nettleton? Nettleton Shoes are much more than just a pretty face. There is much deep inner beauty which is appreciated by gentlemen that know fine things and fine living.

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Caring For Your Nettleton Shoes

Congratulations on owning a pair of Nettleton shoes. We present our recommendations in caring for your investment. Please click to learn more about keeping your shoes looking their best!

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Our Choices Of Leathers

Nettleton shoes use calfskin for our shoe uppers. Calfskin is commonly used for high-quality shoes, wallets and other similar products. Calfskin is particularly valuable because of its softness, and tight fine grain

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