naked shoes: the sabah dealer

 walk naked. leave your socks at home

yes we know it’s fall, but this is too good to hold off till next spring. so… jet-setters, peddlers of the city, philosophers, weekend warriors, day trippers… we have some advice for you… we tend to like products that have a story behind them. be it the craftsmanship, the origin, the material, their true value, or all of the above. here is a start, drop $170 doll-hairs on a pair of shoes that just gets better with time; some enviable, hand stitched slip-ons, made with integrity by people not machines. we are talking about sabahs. 

so what the hell are “sabahs”?

every pair of sabahs is handmade from high quality, naturally-tanned leather by cobblers in southeast turkey. these cobblers are trained in a disappearing skill of hand stitched shoe construction, unique to sabah, that has been cultivated over generations in the ancient bazaars of turkey. by employing this special technique, the sabah dealer creates footwear that is remarkably comfortable, simply made, and easy to repair. they tend to age gracefully and are made to accompany you in your travels.


the more you wear them, the more you love them and the more they love you back

your sabahs are going to fit snug to your feet, they are going to mold to your foot, and to your walking patterns on this earth

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“ok, you’ve sold me, now how do i get a pair?”

due to the traditional nature of the craft, the cobblers can only produce a limited quantity of sabahs every month. and so far we’ve bought all of them. although they do keep stock on-hand at the sabah house, the majority of sabahs are made-to-order for each customer and delivered within six to eight weeks, that is unless, you’re cool enough to pick them up yourself… (see ordering instructions below).

“yes, i’m cool enough to pick em up, tell me where!”

well… tucked away in the lower east side of manhattan is a secret showroom slash hangout spot with a great bohemian vibe happening. rumor has it that on sundays, the sabah house even throws down. it supposedly entails libations, live music, and if you’re into it… some great conversation. (the ts crew may or may not be spotted at a sabah sunday. you might just end up in some great convo with one of us bandits.) here’s how you can get there. email your order and ask to personally pick them up.

 “yes, i’m cool but not that cool.  first assure me that “the sabah dealer” isn’t what it sounds like”

“the dealer” (no, not that kind of dealer) is the brains behind the semi-exclusive brand. he is actually a former hedge-funder who wandered to turkey and was introduced to this age-old trade through a sweet little thang he was dating at the time. the dealer’s interest in the footwear and craft began the brand the sabah dealer, growing the business by grass-root practices into what it is today. if he isn’t being referred to as “the dealer” he goes by mickey ashmore, whose motto is “one bag, one pair.” not a bad motto, mickey, not a bad one at all. this globetrotting entrepreneur will remain a mystery man until you hit him up for your first pair. and trust us ladies, when we say… even if he wasn’t so charming, you would still want a pair. if you are located in east-jabib and cant make it to the lower east side don’t fret. just email the dealer and he’ll ship it to you. by kgb