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    Boots With Roots | Summer 2012 Out Here Magazine

    Americans love their cowboy boots and Justin Boots has always been there to supply them

    booted foot in a stirrup
    Out Here

    By Leah Call

    Photography by iStock

    There is a bond between a person and their cowboy boots. Perhaps it has to do with style or functionality. Perhaps it's based on comfort and durability. Whatever the reason, cowboy boots are a footwear fashion that has stood the test of time.

    "I think it truly ties back to our roots as Americans and the American west. That attitude and that swagger and pride," says Lisa Lankes, vice president of communication for Justin Brands Inc., maker of Justin Boots, one of the best-known early cowboy boot brands.

    H.J. Justin, who crafted the first pair of Justin Boots 132 years ago, held this philosophy: "No boot shall ever bear the Justin brand unless it is the very best that can be produced from the standpoint of material, style, and workmanship."

    The Justin family applied that same craftsmanship to shape a company that has survived more than a century.

    "The company culture is very much defined by the Justin family and what they stood for in terms of how the brand and the company presents itself to the western industry, to the western consumer," says Lankes, who has worked for Justin for nearly 18 years. "We are not some company that stepped into making boots because it was fashionable and trendy at the moment. We've been making boots since 1879."

    AN AMERICAN TALE

    The history behind this quality footwear is as rugged and enduring as the boot itself. Justin tells the company's story on its website (justinboots.com) beginning with the first boots made in Spanish Fort, Texas, in 1879. Justin Boots quickly became the preferred footwear of western cowboys.

    In 1908, H.J.'s sons joined the business and 17 years later the family business moved to Fort Worth, where its headquarters remain today.

    Justin Jr., the last Justin to run the company, stepped down in 1999. Before his death in 2001, he was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

    H.J.'s grandson, John Justin Jr., who took over the company in 1948, partnered with Acme Brick to form Justin Industries in 1968 and later acquired Nocona Boot Co., Chippewa Shoe Co., and Tony Lama Boots, its biggest competitor.

    Justin Jr., the last Justin to run the company, stepped down in 1999. Before his death in 2001, he was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

    In 2000, Berkshire Hathaway bought Justin Industries and expanded its production to include other styles of work boots. With three U.S. processing plants, Justin is the largest domestic footwear manufacturer in the United States.

    When people hear that Lankes works at Justin, 98 percent of them want to tell her a boot story. "They want to tell me about the first pair of boots they bought, or got as a gift, or were married in, or the pair that their grandfather handed down to them," she says.

    Cowboy boots are a staple not only for cowboys, but also country music artists, athletes, politicians, and just about anyone.

    Everybody loves having a pair of cowboy boots in their closet, Lankes says.

    "It gives them a different look. They walk a little taller. They have a little more attitude," she says. "It's a classic footwear."

    Leah Call is a Wisconsin-based writer.

     

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