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Who ever thought we would be sharing a post about shopping, let alone shoe shopping. New Balance shoes are made in nearby Boston, but they also have a very large factory in Lawrence. So after a restful complimentary night at Walmart, we set off to spend our savings.

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Once we arrived in Lawrence, we were awestruck, and not because of the comically named Big N Beefy Burger shack we passed. Lawrence is best described as an authentic worn out factory town. One can easily drift off thinking about what Lawrence would have looked like during the 1940’s. Factories the size of small cities sit like old tombstones in a cemetery, row after row, deserted and forgotten (at least for now).

Had to grab a pic of Big N Beefy

Had to grab a pic of Big N Beefy

In comes New Balance Shoes, they purchased the Ayer Mill constructed in 1909 and converted it into a modern shoe making facility.

New Balance Lawrence Factory

New Balance Lawrence Factory on the Merrimac River

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Get your credit card ready

The Factory Store is massive, Most shoes are priced in the $35-$60 range

The Factory Store is massive, Most shoes are priced in the $35-$60 range

Another bonus: No sales tax on clothing or shoes in Massachusetts.

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Lets just say neither of us will be in the market for new shoes for a few years.

After escaping the mayhem inside, we admired the industrial beauty of Lawrence.

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Abandoned factory, missing most of its windows. The bridge we are standing on was built in 1888.

Looking up the Merrimac River from Duck Bridge.

Looking up the Merrimac River from Duck Bridge. Check out all those old factory smoke stacks.

Even if shoes are not your cup of tea, Lawrence is a must see if you are in the greater Boston area. (For us West-Coasters at least, Bostonians are used to this architecture)