Third-generation shoemaker in Tempe sells custom kicks

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Randy Lucas grew up watching and learning his father's craft and has now taken that knowledge and is using it to create unique takes on sneakers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Randy Lucas grew up watching and learning his father's craft and has now taken that knowledge and is using it to create unique takes on sneakers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Randy says the next step is to work with the larger shoe companies to see if there is a project that they can work on together. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Randy says the next step is to work with the larger shoe companies to see if there is a project that they can work on together. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

At Broadway Shoe Repair, they are taking three generations of shoemaking and repair and are now using all that knowledge and skill to create some unique shoes.

Anibal Lucas has owned the shoe repair shop for 30 years and has taken the knowledge his father, a sandal maker in Guatemala, handed down to him and has passed onto his own children.

"To have my sons working over here and also my daughters work here too and my wife, I think it's one of the more important things I feel in my life," said Anibal.

Randy Lucas grew up watching and learning his father's craft and has now taken that knowledge and is using it to create unique takes on sneakers.

"People kept asking do sneakers, do sneakers," Randy said. "Now we're almost doing like at least a release or two a month of exclusive styles that we try to make here at the shop."

"That's why we take it slow. If money's the goal then we'd be cranking out 30, 40 pairs a day," Randy added.

For Anibal, he said it's great to see his sons work so hard.

"I see they enjoy doing it. Some days they come early and stay late, and I really feel proud of that," Anibal said.

Randy says the next step is to work with the larger shoe companies to see if there is a project that they can work on together.

"If we did have the assistance of a big company like Clarks, Nike, Adidas we could probably push it a little further, but at the same time we like keeping it close and family," Randy said.

Randy has sold his custom shoes to NBA players and music producers. He will also have some of his shoes on display at Palabra in March.

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