VALUE: The worth of a thing; it’s utility and ability to produce or procure good. As we work to fill your orders here at Gracious May HQ, we want to thank YOU for seeing the value in our MADE IN USA shoes. Thank you for your orders, thank you for your support! -Love, Gracious May (SHOP the MAMA-JANE HERE)
Late night pumping out your orders!! Gracious May, the brand, celebrates 12 YEARS in June. There have been serious highs and lows, but to this day I still feel like I have the best job ever. The Lord is good!!! Love, Gracious May
“Does Made in the USA always mean high quality products?”
I had the pleasure of a radio interview with Amy at CovidVirginia.com (102.5 FM in Roanoke, VA). We talked about the USA Wardrobe Movement, Gracious May shoes & clothes, and Made in the USA products in general. During the interview she asked a really good question: “Does ‘Made in the USA’ always mean high quality?” I am going to share the answer to that question in this post and give you 5 tips for getting the best quality when you shop for Made in the USA Clothing!
The short answer is: not always. If you have been following me for a bit, you will know that 2 years ago I started the process of quitting fast-fashion and buying made in the USA clothes (read more here). While most made in the USA Clothing brands put a major emphasis on quality, I have learned from a few unfortunate experiences that I need to do a little digging before I buy.
Made in the USA clothes and shoes are often more expensive than their imported counterparts. In return for the higher price, many American Manufacturers pack as much quality as possible into their products. Here are 5 tips for choosing the best quality possible when shopping made in the USA products! These 5-tips have helped me find the best quality when I am shopping for made in the USA clothing on the internet.
5 tips for finding the best quality when you shop Made in the USA Clothes and Shoes!
Look for an “About Us” page. The best way to connect with the quality a brand puts out, is to get to know the brand! A brand’s About Page should share their story and/or mission statement (look for a button to it at the top or bottom of the homepage). If the brand has a video (like Gracious May’s video here) watch it and see if it tells you anything about the quality of the products and how they are made.
Look for a blog or social media page. Here at Gracious May, we use our blog and social media pages to give you a closer look at how we make our products. I have found that other quality American Made Clothing brands do the same. It’s often a great way to find out what kind of materials and quality an American brand puts behind their product!
Look for Customer Reviews. Customers say it best! Look for customer reviews on the website of social media pages to see what customers are saying about the quality of the brand’s products.
Avoid sketchy-looking sites. You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but more often than not the quality of a brand’s website is a reflection of the quality of their product. If a brand is investing in high quality products, they will likely invest in a good website (and good photos). A picture is worth a thousand words!
Be wary of prices that are too low. High quality, American Made clothing generally doesn’t dip below a mid-range pricepoint (unless the brand is offering a unique promo)! Be careful of websites that advertise “Made in the USA” and rock bottom prices.
These are a few of the tips that have helped me as I have shopped Made in the USA clothes and shoes these past 3 years! I hope they help you as you make an effort to do the same. Please subscribe to the USA Wardrobe Movement and once you do, I will immediately send you my 5 Tips for Building a Purposeful Wardrobe.
I believe it is so important for Americans to make an effort to shop USA made products, and I believe it’s equally as important for American Made clothing brands do deliver the highest quality possible.
These American made shoes for Women are genuine leather and Made in Texas! They come with a 3 year limited warranty, and blister free guarantee! Soft, yet durable. A lovely ladies flat for day to day. Shop in sizes 5-11.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
Gracious May: specializing in Made in USA Shoes since 2009!
Gracious May Shoes are handcrafted in the heart of the USA! We are giving you a behind the scenes look at that process with our latest video (above)! Here at the Gracious May workshop we prep, finish, and ship our Made in USA Shoes to customers around the world! We have been manufacturing footwear for babies, children, and ladies since 2009 and that manufacturing has always happened right here in the USA. We aim to be at the frontline of fashion with our designs by releasing new styles on a monthly basis! With each new shoe we put out we make efforts to maintain and improve upon quality manufacturing methods. This makes for a pair of shoes that outlasts the trends remains stylish and functional year after year! Shop our full collection at GraciousMay.com !
We make Shoes for Baby…
Baby is where it all started for Gracious May! Even though we’ve grown to feature footwear for children and ladies, we have kept up our line of soft sole baby booties. With our baby shoe line, we aim to create adorable shoe for baby that are functional and comfortable! Gracious May baby shoes are made of vibrant designer fabrics and often feature HAND STITCHED flower embellishments. We don’t stop at style, though! When it comes to our made in USA baby shoes, we have TWO major goals: #1 creating a baby shoes that STAY ON your baby’s foot and #2 making a flexible, yet durable soft sole. We are happy to say that our customers rave about the fact that Gracious May shoes stay on wiggly baby feet!As for the sole, Gracious May’s made in USA baby shoes feature a suede sole for sizes 0-12 months. This allows for a flexible shoe that doesn’t force your baby’s foot into any unnatural positions during those important fast-growth stages. In addition to flexibility, the suede adds an element of durability to our baby shoes. Unlike most infant booties which have a cloth sole, Gracious May baby shoes feature a suede sole that will far outlast cloth. Our infant shoes are soft, sweet, and perfect for growing, baby feet!
We make Shoes for Children…
Durable, designed to match every outfit, fantastic fit: these are just a few of the things we focus on when designing Gracious May Children’s shoes! We also like to throw in a splash of whimsy with shoes featuring puppies, horses, and butterflies! Our made in USA Children’s shoes feature a rubber soles for traction and support. We also like to use materials such as genuine leather and suede to increase durability. When designing our children’s shoes we make an effort to choose colors that will match a wide variety of outfits! We truly aim to create a pair of unique and versatile shoes that are worth your investment. Each pair of Gracious May Children’s Shoes comes with a limited warranty. Many of our customers return year after year for Gracious May Classics, saying that they are their child’s favorite shoe!
We makeShoes for Ladies…
We designed our ladies shoes because our customers wanted Gracious May Shoes to match their children! It took us 7 years to develop the Gracious May Mama Jane, but customer feedback says our women’s shoes were worth the wait! These shoes are genuine leather with a cloud sole for maximum comfort. Our ladies mary janes are designed with a sleek, streamlined silhouette and classy buckle closure. Our women’s shoes are made by hand here at the Gracious May Headquarters in Texas. Here is what Gracious May customers are saying about our made in USA Women’s shoes:
“Just wanted to let you know that my shoes arrived and I love ’em. Not only the most comfortable shoes I’ve owned in a long time, they are also the cutest!” -Jane Z.
“The most comfortable shoes I own!”-Customer
“These USA made shoes are going to rock your boat. Comfy, beautiful and stylish.” -Leah F.
We MakeShoes for AFO Braces…
Did you know that children with Cerebral Palsy often have wear AFO braces? In 2015, we began taking custom orders from moms who wanted cute shoes that would fit over these AFO Braces. In 2018 we launched shoesforAFOS.com where customers can shop a full line of Gracious May footwear specifically designed for children who wear AFO Braces! We custom make our Shoes for AFO Braces according to your measurements. These shoes are made at Gracious May Headquarters. In addition to shoes, we also make Boots for AFO Braces. It is our goal to provide the special needs community with a fresh outlook on daily life in Orthotics by creating customized footwear that does not compromise style!
The Bible tells Christians that no matter what we do, we should do it all for God’s glory. Gracious May’s foremost goal in business is to glorify God. Whether it’s making shoes, or answering customer service calls and emails; we want to honor the Lord in the way we serve you. We hope to represent Him well in the quality we present in our products and in the efforts we make to excel. The work we do here on earth will fade with time, but the word of God will stand forever! We encourage you to read more about the Bible, God’s Word, here.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Shoe of the Month by Gracious May!
A Gracious May Goal is to be the first name in Made in USA Footwear! It’s a big goal, but it’s one we are actively investing in here at Gracious May. We are investing in this goal by focusing on quality worth returning for. Additionally, we strive to present you, the customer, with fresh styles on a regular basis! Two ways we do this are through regularly scheduled releases that flow with the seasons (boots for fall, mary janes for spring, etc.), and through Gracious May’s “Shoe of the Month”. Shoe of the Month is a new and fresh Children’s Shoe launched once a month and available until sold out. These shoes often feature whimsical prints like puppies, horses, butterflies, kitties, and more!
Gracious May is part of the 1% of shoes still Made in USA!
Only 1% of the shoes worn in the USA are actually made in the USA! This is an astounding fact when we consider that the United States was once the worlds leading manufacturer of footwear. Back in the 1960’s, the United States produced 97% of the footwear on the market. Here at Gracious May we are so grateful that our shoes are part of the 1% that are still made in the USA! There is truly something special about wearing a product that was made in the country you’ve been born and raised in.
Small batches, HUGE attention to detail!
Gracious May Shoes are finished out in small batches! We seldom work with more than 50 pairs at a time, allowing us to keep tight reigns on quality. Keeping the batches small allows us to focus in on details that set handcrafted shoes apart in today’s market! Polishing is done by hand, embellishments are stitched one by one, and hardware is hand-selected. These efforts are put forth with the intention of creating a pair of shoes that is worth your investment.
10 years of experience goes into each pair of Gracious May Shoes!
10 years of shoe-making experience goes into each pair of Gracious May Shoes! We strive to create footwear that is worth your investment. Over the past 10 years our footwear manufacturing processes have grown and expanded: bit by bit, layer upon layer. Shoemaking is truly an art. It is one that is developed and improved over decades; handed from one person to another and passed down from one generation to the next. Shoes that are made by hand in the USA are fading from the marketplace. Gracious May is so grateful to be part of the 1% of footwear that is still made by hand in the USA!
Shoes that invest in her future…
When you purchase from Gracious May, you are investing in Gracious May’s vision. A Gracious May goal is to revive US manufacturing! When you buy a Made in USA product, your money stays close to the communities that directly affect you. Our hope is that, through the revival of US manufacturing, we can provide a wider range of job opportunities for the coming generation. Gracious May aims to invest in a bright and productive future for the ones we love most. Creating a job market that is teeming with opportunity for creative, hard working job-seekers is part of the Gracious May vision. Thank you for shopping Gracious May!
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Carry Gracious May’s Made in USA Shoes in your store!
Nearly every item from the Gracious May Marketplace is available at wholesale prices (to qualifying retailers). Every store and boutique should have a portion of their floor space dedicated to USA Made Products. In addition to the quality that artisan made shoes and clothing add to your store, carrying USA Made Products helps to convey to your customers that you care about supporting local communities!
This is going to be short, but sweet. I hope it gives you a boost today. As a company we want to prioritize encouraging you in Christ. I pray these verses do just that…
“I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.” Psalm 17:6-9
What does it take to support a local businesses? Big government? A specific leader in office? A majority in congress?
It takes you and me making the effort. Making the effort to connect with our neighborhoods, the businesses on main streets, and the people that live next door.
Simple? Yes. The easiest choice? Not always.
At Gracious May, our products have been made int he USA since we launched in 2008. It is our goal to support the communities closest to us through local manufacturing. We want to encourage you to do the same:
Choose community over convenience.
So today, make that choice: support the businesses in your community. Skip buying produce on Am*zon and go to your local Farmer’s Market. When you do shop online, try and source a USA made product from a small business.
This is short, but a message that’s at the front of my mind today. So many people are wondering what’s next. The answer to that lies not in any shift in government, but in the day to day choices we make.
Choosing to trust in the Lord.
Choosing to say what’s right when it isn’t easy.
Choosing habits that perpetuate community over convenience.
That’s all for today! Thank you all so much for supporting Gracious May’s vision with your orders, comments and virtual support :).
Owner and Founder at GraciousMay.com
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-5
✨✨A BRAND NEW HIGHLIGHT AT GRACIOUSMAY.COM: The Gracious May Gift Guide!! ✨✨ Each item in our gift guide is unique, handcrafted, and USA Made. We have gifts for baby girl, baby boy, children, and Ladies! Scroll for a direct link to each category!
The Gracious May Gift Guide is updated with new and unique gifts year round! Whatever you are shopping for; be it Christmas, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Mother’s Day, and beyond, Gracious May’s Gift Guide is chock full of gifts for all!
THE GRACIOUS MAY GIFT GUIDE IS LIVE and full of unique gifts for nearly everyone on your list!!!
We have pulled together the best, made in USA gift items from the Gracious May Marketplace and put them into one easy-to-shop category. We have Gift Collections for baby girl, baby boy, toddler and big girl, toddler boy, and ladies (aka mom and sisters!). Gift Wrap is included with all Gracious May Gift Guide orders, and shipping is free for orders of $25+ (just be sure to use the code “GiftGuide” at checkout)!
“The fact is, that in a world full of ‘stuff’, we as shoppers are in search of meaningful, unique gifts for the ones we love…”
Gracious May’s gift guide features gifts that are hand made in the USA. Each item has heart and quality behind it! Our gift guide includes some of our best gift items for baby, toddler, children, and mom!
For the last 10 years, Gracious May has been widely recognized as a Made in the USA footwear brand. Footwear is still our signature and mainstay here at Gracious May, but beginning in March 2019, we began to transition GraciousMay.com into a Marketplace. The Gracious May Marketplace is dedicated to featuring the best Made in USA items available. We don’t simply carry a product because it is Made in USA, we are setting the bar higher. The items at the Gracious May Marketplace are unique, handcrafted, and USA Made! We are setting the bar high for USA Makers and creating a marketplaceplace that is dedicated to featuring the best of the best!
It’s a Gracious May goal the be the best unique gift destination on the internet!
It is our goal at Gracious May to be the best unique gift destinations on the internet! Each item in the Gracious May Gift Guide ships quickly and arrives beautifully gift wrapped. We live in a world where “stuff” is piling up everywhere. The glut of cheap products creates a hunger for product with value, gifts that are unique, and USA made items with real stories behind them. Gracious May’s aim is to be an oasis of beautifully crafted products in a mass-produced market!
The Gracious May Gift Guide is easy (and fun!) to browse!
Gracious May aims to provide you with the best gifts available for every person on your list! We have curated collections based on gender and age group. This makes shopping easy! We have gifts for baby and newborn; which are perfect as baby shower gifts, or for use as pregnancy announcements. We have gifts for toddlers and children; which are perfect for birthday parties, Christmas gifts, Valentines, and beyond! We have gifts for mom, gifts for sisters, and gifts for wife! We strive to provide you with a well-rounded selection so that you can make Gracious May your one-stop shopping destination.
Meaningful gifts for mom!
Mother’s Day is a time when it’s especially important to choose a unique gift for mom! To find a beautiful gift for mom, browse our Gift Guide for created especially for Mamas. Build the perfect gift, by choosing a variety of handcrafted items from the Gracious May Gift Guide for Mamas. You will find handcrafted jewelry, footwear, handbags, and headbands. Choose one or two of these items, then let us do the gift wrapping for you!
“The products in our Gift Guide are not only unique, they are handcrafted in the USA by local artisans!“
Each item in our collection of unique gifts for moms is tested and approved by the Gracious May Team. Many of the items we feature in our Gifts for Mama section are actually products that ladies here at Gracious May HQ wear and use daily!
We have unique gift options for both BOYS and Girls!!
Our selection of unique gifts for baby includes: booties, soft cuddle blankets, bibs, beanies, and more! We have items for both baby boy and baby girl. Add a monogram to our baby blankets and bibs to create a personalized baby shower gift! We know that baby boy is sometimes overlooked. Yep, girly bows and sparkles are easy to find, but equally adorable gifts for baby boy can be a challenge to hunt down. Here at Gracious May, we have so many adorable options for baby boy. We’ve got Blue Suede Shoes, Handmade Puppy Dog Beanies, and cozy-soft blankets in several boy colors! If you need a unique baby shower gift for boys, Gracious May has you covered!
We’ve removed headache!
In each of our gift guide sections we aim to provide you with enough options to create a complete gift, without subjecting you to the headache of sifting through 900 different products. You will notice that each Gift Guide section has around 15 items in it at maximum. We did this intentionally. We know that when it comes time to shop for the perfect gift, decision making can be the culprit for so much stress! At the Gracious May gift guide we have boiled it down to some of our best options. We have assembled a selection of our best products. We have also made sure the colors and styles in each section coordinate well with one another. This allows you to checkout with a combination of items that creates a well coordinated gift. We have eliminated the grunt work that goes into shopping so that you can enjoy the process of buying and giving a unique gift!
Complimentary Gift Wrap on orders of $25+!
Each order of $25+ from the Gracious May Gift Guide is delivered gift wrapped (just be sure to use the coupon code, “Gift Guide”)! When you are at checkout, you also have the option of adding a personalized gift message to your order. Whether you arrange to have the gift shipped directly to the recipient or not, your gift arrives wrapped and ready! A simple bow is tied around a logo-stamped box to create a refreshingly sweet presentation.
Gracious May has a unique gift for every budget!
The Gracious May Gift Guide features unique gifts with prices starting at $10! Whatever your budget, there is something here for you! Here at Gracious May we make an effort to put more emphasis value than pricepoint; however, we do understand that budget often comes into play when gift-giving! We have handmade gift options for nearly every budget: $10, $15, $25, $35 and more. We aim to provide you with the most unique, handmade gifts that will accommodate your budget. Our lower priced gift items make great birthday party favors, Valentines, stocking stuffers, and more! Whether you need a head to toe gift for a birthday party, or just a small party favor item, Gracious May has options for you!
Made by hand:
Here at Gracious May we put an emphasis on curating a Marketplace full of truly handcrafted items! There is so much character and value in items that have been assembled by hand. By purchasing a handcrafted, USA Made product you are investing in the life of a local maker. You are investing in those who rely on your faithful support to stay in business. You are passing on the torch, so-to-speak, and realizing that your purchases (no matter how large or small) make an impact!
See how Gracious May’s products are made!
We love to connect with our customers through video! At the Gracious May Channel, you will see all of the videos we have created around our products. Through our videos, we hope to show you just how much love and attention to detail goes into each item from the Gracious May Marketplace! We invite you to head on over and watch a few of those videos about our made in USA products. Additionally, you can watch these videos on the product pages when you are shopping.
Revival from the bottom up!
At Gracious May we are serious in our efforts to revive US Manufacturing. As we have actively worked towards this goal, we have realized that it is the small businesses that make the more serious impact. In fact, small businesses make up over 95% of the US economy! Creating a platform for well-crafted, USA Made products is one of the ways that Gracious May is actively working to revive US Manufacturing.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
“Too bad it’s not Made in USA”. I think my family might be sick of hearing this from me when we are out shopping major retailers. The reality is: the way I shop has changed. I look at labels, and if it is an imported product that could be sourced from a USA supplier, I think twice before I buy.
The first tag I used to look at was the price tag, now it’s the label that tells me where the product was made.
Even buying second hand supports local businesses in a big way. My shopping process usually goes something like this:
“I like this, but can I find it made in the USA?”
“Okay, if I cannot find a made in the USA option that’s in my budget, could find a local second-hand seller with a similar item?”
If I can buy a second-hand item from a local seller, I am supporting a local business in the same way I would support a USA manufacturer. Plus, this gives me the ability to repurpose and avoid directly stimulating the mass imports of foreign goods that may not be ethically manufactured.
December is a huge shopping month, and I want to encourage you to shop small. Go to your local farmer and artisan markets, search out handmade businesses, and be willing to buy less so you can support more. More ethics in the US marketplace, more thoughtfulness in the types of gifts you give, more quality, and more opportunity for local businesses to heal through your support.
This is a short post, but I hope it makes a big impact on the way you think and shop this Christmas Season!
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