Provo couple marching path of success with high-end shoe business

The BYU grads founded the multimillion-dollar company out of their two-bedroom apartment

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  • ConservativeUtahisBest Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 10:47 a.m.


    I happen to know Korey Stevens personally served my mission with him in Cambodia. And if you think he is the type of person to use and abuse people you have some serious issues. That fact that you would even jump to that conclusion without even knowing the person is hypocritical of you and the points you are 'trying' to make.

  • Mpaige Provo, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 8:59 p.m.


    Mallory here! One of the founders of Taft. If you look into the brand a bit more you'll find that we're very transparent about our factory because there's nothing to hide. Our workers are not exploited, we conduct factory visits regularly and the factory is a happy, positive place to be for everyone. It's actually a platform of our brand - our shoes are made by adults - true craftsmen and women - who are paid a living wage. Many of them learned shoemaking from their families and are passionate about it. We chose our factory carefully, because all the concerns you've expressed were ones we had as well. We are very, very proud of our production, because we feel that if any of our customers popped into the factory for a visit, they'd be incredibly happy with what they see. In our shoe boxes we even send out pictures of our workers along with little bios about them and their families. They're truly like family to us.

  • JimmyJoeJoe Portland, OR
    Sept. 18, 2017 2:19 p.m.


    Don't leave us hanging - who actually makes the shoes? The story implied the manufacturer was a Spanish company. It sounds like you may have information that would indicate otherwise. Share, share, share.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 11:32 a.m.

    Congrats to this couple.

    But this does point out the differences between neoclassical economics and Marxian economics. Neoclassical says I shouldn't care about the status of the workers making the shoes. Marxian says I must.

    Why didn't the D-News reporter ask some more questions about who makes the shoes? Well, because in capitalism we just don't do that. Well I do. And all of us should.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 10:49 a.m.

    So the shoes are being made by workers in Spain? They are providing the value for this project. What do the workers get for it? Probably not much.

    On the positive side, this enterprise is an example of the Worker Self Directed Enterprise for which I advocate. Unfortunately the labor in Spain is providing the true value, and that labor is being exploited. Count on it.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Sept. 18, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    @Lolly wrote,

    "It proves again that the opportunities still exist if a person can see them and then follow eternal principles that work."

    Which "eternal principle" are you talking about?

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Sept. 18, 2017 9:40 a.m.

    Just another reminder that I didn't accomplish anything over the weekend.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 7:36 a.m.

    It is nice to have such a positive article to start the week. It proves again that the opportunities still exist if a person can see them and then follow eternal principles that work.

    Sept. 18, 2017 12:57 a.m.

    "I really liked that their shoes had a classic look but they're different from everybody else" Personally I don't see the difference, they look like a good quality shoe that would cost half what they are charging. Clearly something I don't see, so good thing I'm not in this business.

    But, congrats to them for a great job and self-financing a startup is very, very rare!