Martha Delgado is a skiver and a San Antonio Shoemaker employee of 33 years. Skiving is the important step in our shoemaking process that makes the leather pieces fit snugly together. Without skiving, the shoe can look and feel bulky and even become very uncomfortable with rough edges.

Things were different at SAS when Martha first started. “It was a small little factory…everybody knew each other because we were all together,” Martha explains. She says as the factory grew, so did her work command. Years ago Martha only had to know how to skive only two or three shoe styles. Now, she says there are about 15 to 20 different styles she needs to know to skive each day; but she doesn’t seem to mind.

“Along the way, they have always treated me right,” Martha states, “They have always been there for me.” Martha says she enjoys working today, even though she doesn’t need the job as much as she did when she started. Now, Martha enjoys coming in to work each day to see her friends, to laugh, and to make some of the most comfortable shoes in the world. “If I didn’t like my job,” she continues, “I wouldn’t have been here for 33 years.”