COMPANY HISTORY

The A G S Footwear Group, now in its third generation of family ownership, is an
over 80 year-old firm specializing in the servicing the footwear industry.

The Beginning…
Established in 1932 as a shoe components wholesaler, Acme Leather Company was created by Alex and Sarah Jacobs with the primary objective of serving the material and component needs of local cobblers. The original staff of the company consisted of the Jacobs and a warehouseman. As the company grew through the 1940's and 1950's, the geographic area increased and the product offering was broadened to "front room" items to service shoe and department stores.

Growth…
In the 1960's, the second generation of Jacobs took the helm and the operation was broadened to include rubber footwear and weather related overshoes. As the 1970's arrived, the firm began importing and distributing athletic footwear and children's footwear to department stores, chains and independent retailers in addition to its burgeoning accessories business. In order to have a title that reflected a more general product mix, a new name was created Acme General Supply.

Positioned for the Future…
In the late 1980's/early 1990's, the third generation of family entered the business. To create new distribution channels and serve new customers, the Company broadened its distribution reach as well as established its own group of brands in footwear. A medical division was established to be a complete resource for pedorthists, ortho-shops and footcare specialist. In 1990 the CUDAS® brand footwear line was born. CUDAS® is an outdoor/active lifestyle footwear brand with distribution to active lifestyle retailers, sporting goods and shoe stores.. In 2001, the SUPERIOR BOOT CO® brand was born to further develop the weather boot business and service shoe stores, equestrians shops and feed and seed supplies. In addition, a private label footwear division exists to work with great partners to leverage our knowledge niche and develop specialty OEM product for name brands, catalogs, chain retailers.With a need to reach back and connect to a shoe nameplate another name adjustment was made, A G S Footwear Group.

Today…
For over 80 years the company has grown from its founders and one employee to a multi-national full service importing, distributing and sales organization.
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