George Vlagos, founder of Oak Street Bootmakers, is the son of John Vlagos, a reputable cobbler born in Pagrati, Greece. Growing up, George spent his days observing and learning as his father’s cobbler assistant. Today, George and his team operate out of Chicago with the mission of preserving the tradition of American Bootmaking. They offer the world’s only collection of shoes and boots with Goodyear Welt, Genuine Handsewn, and Stitchdown construction methods crafted entirely in America. All of Oak Street’s footwear is fully recraftable (meaning it can be re-soled again and again), backed by their Factory Guarantee, and made using the finest and most durable materials available.