Justin Share Your Boot Story

September 28, 2008
Justin To The Rescue
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Hi, my name is Robert. I work as a Security Officer at a local high school. We have approximately one thousand kids on our campus. My day starts something like this - I arrive at work and immediately I start to direct traffic coming in and out of our parking lot. I'm walking back and forth from the entrance to the exit making sure that all traffic flows smoothly. After everyone arrives, I walk around and check for car lights that have been left on and for cars that are on the lot without stickers on them. By then it's time for lunches. The kids start pouring out for their lunch hour. I have to check everyone that leaves to make sure they have off campus privileges. Twenty minutes pass and I have the second wave of lunches going out. About twenty minutes after that they start arriving back on campus. A few more odds and ends come up where I travel around the parking lot again and again. Now schools almost out and the parents come to pick up their kids. The buses arrive shortly after this. Then I'm off and running to make sure the bus lanes are clear. My poor feet and legs are so tired by the time I get off.

I go home and lie down on the couch and stretch out like a big yard dog. After five days straight of the same procedures I'm about beat. I complain all weekend about my legs and feet hurting. Then my wife gets up Saturday morning, full of energy and wants to go to garage sales. I get up and try my best to follow around after her. One day we stopped at this sale and they had stuff all over the front yard and in the garage. I hear my wife yell for me to get out of the car and come look at these boots. I got out and went to check them out. She said the boots have thick soles and looks very comfortable. They were my size so I tried them on and they fit like a glove on my feet. I asked the price and suddenly I was the proud new owner of a pair of Justin Boots. I went home and cleaned them up and polished them. They looked like a brand new pair. I had never owned a pair because I couldn't really afford them. Since I started wearing them at work, my feet and legs have stopped hurting. Their like miracle boots to me. If they ever wear out I'll do without something else so I can get another pair of Justin Boots because they came along Justin time. Know what I mean!!!

September 23, 2008
rockin m rodeo
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I got my first pair back in the late 80's i guess i must have been about 18. i helped out with a rodeo company near home for short pay and a good time .workin the stripin shoot ,loading gates,feeding livestock... what ever old man monken needed .......damn now he was a cowboy......anyway from the moment i slipped on my first pair of lace up ropers it was like walkin on air . three pairs of souls and 4 years later i had to retire them i actually duct taped them back together and wore them on dry day's after i bought my next pair. since then they are the only brand of boots ive owned and i dont see that changin ......oh by the way my son Justin loves the boots too.

September 19, 2008
Strayed and came back
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I got my first pair of Justins in 1979 and fell in love with them. I soon was hooked and shortly was begging my parents for another pair. Dad bought me another pair that was blue over light gray and they were even more comfortable than the first ones! These boots have been through heck and back and a little oil and some towels and they come back to life. I obtained a couple of pairs of reptile and thought that I didn't need any more pairs of Justins.

College, first job, got married, first child, second child, all passed by and the same Justins are still going strong. Been re-soled a few times, but they look just as good as when they were new. I tried the "new" style from your competitir that supposedly feel like tennis shoes. I feel like I cheated by buying boots made in China. And besides, they just aren't as comfortable as my Justins. Justin, you win! Went back a month later and bought another pair of Justins, and another a few months later.

I bought my wife her first pair this past Christmas and she also likes them better than your competitor's rubber-soled foolishness. She wears them to work once or twice a week. Now my daughter is sold on Justins and we just decided this week that we both need another pair...going in a few weeks to pick some out! Justin, as long as you keep making boots the way you do, I'll keep buying. At this point I have more pairs of Justins than I can wear out in a lifetime.

September 17, 2008
For Real
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My first pair of Justins were black kid leather with pointed toes. I pretty much have worn them to death. When they got a hole in the soles I had them re-soled. They are as good as new. A short time later I was at my car dealer's having my car tuned up when another customer, a woman, asked me "are those real?" I was puzzled at first, then I realized she was looking at my boots. Yes, I replied proudly. Justin's I said. Niceee, she said. Quality does get noticed.

September 17, 2008
JUSTIN BOOTS SAVED MY LIFE!
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Dear Justin Boots Company, JUSTIN BOOTS SAVED MY LIFE! I would like to share my story with you of just how good your boots are for everyday wear and tear as well as for protection. I have been a Justin boot and cap wearer for several years. It took five years for me to wear out a pair of boots. I wore the boots during High School and the following year. Just recently, I bought a new pair of boots about a month and half before my accident to replace these boots. July 5, 2008 on the day of my electrical power line accident, thank goodness I was wearing my Justin boots. I was helping a friend when a 7,200 volt power line arcked off electricity, traveled through the crane cable I had hold of, throughout my body, and out the sides of my feet. I spent the night at University of Kentucky Hospital for overnight observation for possible heart failure. Thank the Lord, the only problem I have is electrical burns from the inside to the outside of both feet. According to Mitchell Staton, a Lineman for South Kentucky Rural Electric Corporation (SKRECC) my good rubber soled Justin boots saved my life. Unfortunally, my new Justin Boots suffered as well. Both boots have burn holes from the inside to the outside. Since the accident, because of the electrical burns on the side of my feet, I can't wear anything but flip flops! As soon as my feet get well I will be buying a new pair of Justin Boots. I thought Justin boots was the best a man could buy before my accident, now I'm more convinced than ever. Justin makes the best boots! Thanks to Justin boots I'm still alive.

September 16, 2008
Happily Ever After
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I bought my fourth pair of Justins not too long ago. In July, my two best friends who I went to college with came to Austin, TX to visit me for a couple of weeks. On July 5, we went to the rodeo in Belton and went dancing afterwards. I have always wanted to get my boots shined and that night I was finally able to. I asked a group of guys that were getting their's done how much it was to get them shined and they said they didn't know but they would pay for me to get mine done. After I got my boots shined, the group of guys and our group hung out the rest of the night. In fact, one of the guys and one of my best friends are dating and are very happy together. Who knew just wanting to get my boots shined would turn in to love?:)

September 15, 2008
Hurricane Ike
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I work at a hospital in Beaumont Texas. When I knew I would be on my feet for a long time while we were under lockdown with Hurricane Ike,(it ended up being 36 hours) I pulled on my old Justins again.

It is a good thing I did. Look what Ike did to my house while I was at work.

I would have hated for my favorite boots to have gotten ruined with the rest of the stuff in my house while I was away!

September 15, 2008
Thank you, Justin, for making the best boots around.
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About nine years ago I was in the market for a new pair of boots. My friend told me I ought to check out Justin. When I went to the boot store, the folks that really know boots told me the same thing. So I bought a pair. After 9 years, I have worn my Justins up on the Athabasca glacier, in the Sedona desert, through the woods, and I even slogged through the mud with them after Hurricane Rita. They are without a doubt the best pair of boots I have ever owned. Thank you, Justin, for making the best boots around.

September 13, 2008
So glad I found Justins.
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Heres a story from the UK Its almost impossible to get footwear over here to suit me. It used to be once, but it hasn't been for over fifteen years. This is a major pain.

I like boots, not shoes, because when I was younger, I broke various bones in both feet in climbing accidents, and while they all healed up, I still get twinges, so I like the extra support boots give around the ankle. Also, I like to feel what I am walking on, so I want a reasonably flexible sole. I dont like my footwear to be too bulky or too heavy.

Unfortunately, once you move away from formal dress shoes, most mens shoes available in the UK for everyday wear are ugly clodhopping things with thick rigid soles. Frankly Id rather go barefoot.

I did once have a very nice pair of handmade boots, but they let the water in, so I got used to having cold wet feet all winter very winter. Im in Wales, which is the rainy side of the UK.

Then one day I got hold of a pair of Justin black cowhide Ropers. They were fine straight out of the box, but once Id worn them for a little while, they suppled and became really very comfortable indeed. And of course they are totally waterproof. Next I got a pair of tan marbled Deerlite Ropers. They are like wearing gloves on the feet! They are quite simply the best footwear I have ever owned, warm, dry, supportive around the ankles, and quite incredibly comfortable. Im going to have to buy another pair for my son, because he likes them too, and I want at least one more pair for myself.

My feet are warm, comfortable and dry all winter, which is a sensation Id almost forgotten, and I do not see any need to buy footwear from any other manufacturer ever. Bless you, Justin.

September 11, 2008
I bought a pair of Justin boots in October 2001
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I bought a pair of Justin boots in October 2001 from A & A Western here in Alexandria, LA.. I want you to know how well these boots have held up. I just now put cream on them to shine them up a little. I was looking at boots the other day and decided not to get a new pair (even though I could Use a a pair), simply because like I told the saleslady, mine fit like tennis shoes and I wear them to work everyday. I told her that i have had these for 6 and half years, she said not to tell her customers because she would use lose customers!! Yeah I could use a pair to get "cleaned" up in but these are perfect. I don't exactly know the model # but the registared # is Wk4762 0392947 0. My size 9D oil resistant Justins have been great.

September 10, 2008
Is there anything but Justin boots?
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Justin boots have always been around in my family and are very much a part of my life. When I was little I used to dress like a cowboy and wear my dad's Justins around the house. Eventually, when mom was satisfied my feet weren't still growing, I got my own Justins. I'd wear them till there was nothing left of them...totally gone. I've always watched to see what styles Justin would come out with. I had one of the first pairs of Justin lacers and had to have the first pair of crepe soles when they came out. When it came time to get married my groomsmen and I wore black Wrangler jeans, tuxedo tops, and of course black Justin full quill ostrich crepe sole boots that I bought each of them as a gift for being in the wedding. This was expensive but the guys were worth it and unlike a money clip or grooming kit they actually used the boots. My first born was even conceived wearing your boots. Even today it's not unusual to see me riding around in my old Jeep with a pair of well worn Wranglers on with my pants legs caught above the shafts of my favorite pair of Justins. My wife gets onto me and tells me to pull the legs down but I'm too proud of my Justins and I want to show them off. Thanks for what you do and keep it up.



PS I'm already looking for my next pair of Justins.

September 9, 2008
EMS and Justin go well together
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Started wearing Justin in the oilfield days 35 years ago and still wear them to this day. Tried them all, but nothing like a Justin.

Best boots out of the box you will ever wear.

Well in 1994 started working in EMS,(emergency medical services) as a Paramedic. One of the job requirements is black boots.

Well my black Peanut Brittle Iguanas look sharp with the uniform.

Taken a little ribbing about the cowboy boots through the years, but the ladies love them and when it comes to no slipping, the leather soles are the bomb.

Got no less than 4 pair at home now, choclate, brown and black.

I play golf a lot and was asked about the boots and my game, if Justin ever puts spikes on a pair, guess what.

September 9, 2008
Givin a bit of Spirit in Tikrit, Iraq
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I am from Liberty Hill, Texas but currently living in Tikrit, Iraq. I wear my John Deere Justin's everyday for 12 hours a day...I tried the Combat boots for about three days and went back to my Justin's. Walking on the rocks and in the sand, passing the scorpians and camel spiders...they don't stand a chance against my Justin's.

There are a lot of Texans here...AND they cant dance!!!! So, I went down to the Military MWR to check out what was going on and low and behold they have Country Night here in Iraq for the soldiers. ONE BIG PROBLEM: most of these young men and women don't know how to dance. I have started teaching the soldiers on my time after hours how to two-step, waltz and some line danicng (we didn't do the line dancing back home). If it weren't for my Justin's I wouldn't have been able to boot scoot all the way over here in Iraq. One special solder told me that after his tour he was going to get married and he wanted to be able to dance at his wedding...after spending time with him, he told me he was gonna buy some John Deere Justin's and dance with his bride. Thanks Justin for allowing me to give a little bit spirit back to the soliders that have given us so much.

Lori Ann

September 8, 2008
The long lasting Effect of Justin's
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One hot steamy night, in the Northeast corner of Oklahoma, the Will Rogers Rodeo had just finished. All of the redneck wild cowgirls was washing all the mud and lovely horse smell off our wonderful outfits and trucks at the local car wash. When these wonderful cowboys approached us and asked if we wanted a nice cold beverage to quench our thirst. We accepted with much pleasure and began to tell old country stories and catching up on the latest gossip.

Well like any young cowpokes do when wetting there whistle, they began to feel 10 feet tall and bullet proof. I was approached and was told that he bet the Justin Boots on his feet that he could kick the can out of my hand while I was taking drink and not hit my hand.

Me being one not to back down on a bet, was very amused at this mere hoedown.

Well to say the least, he did try to kick the can out of my hand but did in fact hit it. He in the mist of the wonderful kungfoo kick lost his footing and the Justin Heel met my check bone..Leaving the Long lasting Bruise of Justin on my left check for two weeks..... Never the less I Got The Justin's and ditched the guy! Moral of the story is....That Justin's leave a longer lasting impression than any man can!

September 8, 2008
copperhead vs. justin boots
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Back in my younger years I wore justin bootseveryday. Still wear boots to this day. One day I was picking wild blackberries and stepped off into a ditch right on top of a copperhead snake. I was thankful I had on those boots because if not that rascal would have bitten me. Those JUSTIN BOOTS saved my life.

September 8, 2008
I will never buy another brand of boots
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we go to PBR events during the year and before going to the finals in las vegas each year, i usually buy a new pair of boots. generally they are very uncomfortable or need months to break in. in aug. 2007, i purchased my new boots for this year - first time i have ever bought a pair of Justin's - and i will never buy another brand of boots. i put those boots on time after time since i bought them, sometimes for 10-12 hours a day and have never had any problem and they needed no break-in. i don't know why i never bought Justin's before but these are great - my husband could not believe i did not have to break them in at all. i am 71 years old and have never owned a pair of boots that were as comfortable as these. thanks, it will be Justin boots from now on, and i plan to live to be at least 105 years old.

September 8, 2008
No One But Me In Boots...
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Over the last Forty-Two years I have worn several different boot brands.Just shy of three years ago,I bought my first pair of Justin Bay Apache Cowboy Bo0ts.Without DOUBT the best fitting,longest-lasting,most comfortable pair of boots I've EVER worn!! I'll not buy a different brand again!

I have lived in ROCHESTER,MN. for Nineteen years,now,and I can truthfully say that I rarely see anyone but me wearing boots.Everyone thinks I'm "strange" because I rarely wear anything but my boots.I am a week from my Forty-third Birthday,and have been wearing Cowboy Boots literally All My Life. Thank You, Justin Boots, for making a Boot that doesn't make my feet wish they were somewhere else.

November 6, 2008
Not your typical Justin wearer
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I'm not a rough and rugged cowboy out there branding cattle. I live in the Midwest and work in an office. In the midst of the conservative dress and sensible crepe-soled shoes, I tend to stand out in my cowboy boots. My favorite pair is my Justin Bay Apaches. Those oil-tanned leathers are tough and stand up to the rugged Michigan winters. The slush, snow and salt stains clean right off and my feet stay dry. The classic, understated finish of the Bay Apache leathers look great with khakis at the office or with jeans on the weekends. They're an American classic and never go out of style.

September 8, 2008
Boot Scooten Two Step
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It began almost 32 years ago at a dance hall in a small Texas Town.I had on my red Justin boots and wrangler jeans, and all the usual daily and dress up clothes. This very nice looking and well mannered cowboy asked me to dance. He complimented me on my red boots and western outfit. He also had on justin boots and wrangler jeans,hat and red bandanna around his neck.Well, that was the beginning of a romance that lasted almost 32 years,we married and raised 5 Justin Boot wearing kids.I lost my cowboy on October 13th 2006 ,he had a bad heart problem. He always told everyone that those red boots was reason we met and married ! While I lost the love of my life,I still have those red Justin Boots,a little worn but still the best thing that ever happened to this Texas Two Stepper !

September 7, 2008
Justins take a lickin and keep on going
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After one of my girls used the arch of my foot as a take of pad it became necessary to put my foot in a boot that would allow me to keep going. My job requires a black boot, out came the dye and my home work Justins became my job Justins. Those Justins were the beginning. The photo is my second pair for work. They go through mud, the barn, wet pastures, rain and the Florida sun. Wipe them off and through on a fresh coat of polish and they are ready for my class A's again. They don't slip on wet tile floors, they are sure footing on rough ground and with a thick sock they are better than an ace bandage.

September 7, 2008
sharing Justin boots since 1881
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In a small town in Northern California , a modest little store opened for business in 1881.

Over the years the little town of Livermore has

grown from a ranching and agriculture center,

to a more urban and wine growing region. But

this one business has stood the test of time in Livermore for over 127 years. Baughmans Western Outfitters has been meeting the needs

of customers who appreciate the quality of Justin boots, from ranchers to bankers, and

anyone who appreciates the unique style of

western footwear. Baughmans has seen trends

come and go over the years, but one brand has

stood the test of time in an ever changing marketplace - for dependable work boots, or

after work recreation, Justin boots have been

our partner - and we plan of keeping that tradition alive for years to come.

September 7, 2008
Roy's Justins
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I grew up in an era when cowboys were heros. Every Saturday morning was a continuing series of westerns where the good guys in the white hats always won out. My favorite was Roy Rogers. As an adult I always loved to stop by Roy's museum in Victorville, California every time I passe through on Interstate 15. It was built like an old western fort and inside it had all the memorabilia that reminded me of that simpler time in my life including Nellybelle and Trigger, eternally on display. I've heard that many visitors got to meet Roy there as he wandered about the museum, but I was not that fortunate.

On one visit to the museum a few years ago, I learned that the museum was closing for good. All those precious items were being boxed up and shipped to a new location in Missouri. BUT they were going to have an auction to get rid of some excess and duplicate items. I just had to be there. I changed my schedule and booked a room in Victorville for the big event.

There was only one thing that I wanted, and that was a pair of Roy's Justin boots. I don't remember exactly what I had to pay for the boots but it was several hundred dollars - but the real motivation - aside from the fact that they were Roy's - was that they were emblazoned with a big R R on the shaft of each boot - initials that Roy and I shared.

They are now part of my collection of boots and I wonder who will care for and enjoy them when I join Roy and Dale in Cowboy Heaven.

Happy Trails

Bob

September 7, 2008
Old Girlfriend
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After having resoled my Justins several times I finally got a hole in the side of one. I did as always and took them back to the shoe shop to get them repaired. The lady looked at them and at me and said "Sorry, I don't think we can do anything for you'", I said, Maam don't tell me that, those boots are just like an old girlfriend, she said "old girlfriend?". I said yes maam, they sure are going to be hard to get rid of.

September 6, 2008
boots that last
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i have worn nothing but justin boots for the last 30 years or so. they are like an old friend--easy to get along with, comfortable to be around, and will listen to just about anything!!! now our secretary is wearing justins as well. great boots, can't say there is any better than a good justin--no matter what style you wear. thank you justin boot co. for quality and value and very reasonable prices

September 6, 2008
I owe it all to my Justins!
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My husband and I were introduced by Rob Smets at a rodeo in Nephi, Utah. I was working for a rodeo stock contracter and my future husband was a PRCA calf roper. We agreed to meet again at Ogden, Utah's rodeo where we planned to go dancing after the show. Unfortunately, the heavens opened up that night and it rained cats and dogs. My beloved Justin Ropers had a hole in the bottom of them that I had neglected to get repaired so my husband carried me into the dance hall that night so my feet wouldn't get wet. He then promptly bought me 3 roses and we danced the night away! Strange thing was the cut roses kept growing long after my new friend was back home... I even called my girlfriend to come see them sprouting leaves so I would have a witness! Must have been something to it because we're still together after 21 years, 2 sons, and of course,my Justins (with new soles)!

September 6, 2008
Definitions
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Well, if there is one thing that can be said of my Justin's, it is that they have "defined" me. People look and think "oh, just another horse person". That used to really upset me when I was younger because I was still firey hot about my opinions and beliefs. Today though when I pull them on, they define me still yet they give me a place in this world. I am one of the cowgirls you will see sitting on a horse at your local fair, or the person standing next in line behind you buying milk, and even the lady at the fancy bistro enjoying an evening out with friends. My Justins define me to be an American, a good citizen and a trustworthy friend. They have seen many, many miles of dirt, asphalt and arena sand and they continue to see more everyday. They can almost take the place of my trusted cowdog, almost.My boots have too many stories to tell and it would not give them their due to tell them anywhere but where they were so you could see the scars and marks for yourself. Maybe even run a hand over them. What I will say though is that they are very much a part of who I am and when I pull on my Justins, I feel like me.

September 6, 2008
double duty
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my boots serve as double duty for me. first is we live in rattlesnake and copperhead heaven in mo. i mow 4 acres by push mower. this boots have saved me from many a bite.in the summer you can not mow the lawn with out seeing at least 2. second is i travel a lot. with more than 1 million fly miles under my belt you can guess how many airports i have been in.when they get really crowed you always get 3 or 4 people stepping on your foot.i now longer get black and blue on my feet since i stared wearing my boots to the airports. this boots are a gift straight from heaven!!!

September 6, 2008
Walk the world with my Justin boots
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I can't tell you how many times I have relied on my Justin boots to get me thru a tough situation or just make my feet feel good. I purchased my first or only pair of Justin boots in 1988. These boots have been with me thru all my travels. I'm an engineer and have worn these boots all over Texas, New Orleans, Florida, Bucharest Romania, Greece, Italy and now in Colorado. They pack well and look great in any culture. I ride my Harley thru these mountain roads and can rely on them for comfort and warmth. After 20 years and 5 new soles; I am thinking about purchasing a new pair of Justin boots, but maybe I'll just get these old boots a new sole and another shine! Thank you Justin, for giving something in life that is so comfortable and reliable.

September 6, 2008
Special Justin's
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I have always had a pair of Justin's or 2 in my closet since moving to Texas many years ago. But my favorite memory of wearing these boots

happened 12 years ago today! You see on September 6, 1996 I wore my white Justin boots under my wedding dress. So as I stood in the church ready to walk down the aisle I had on the most comfortable shoes a girl could wear. I wore those boots all night long they make great dancing shoes!! And after the honeymoon I came home and had them dyed navy blue and continued to wear those favorite boots for many more years!

September 6, 2008
Growin' up without Justin Boots Ain't Right!
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I was three when I got my first pair of Justin Boots for my birthday. My Dad still has the picture of me trying on my first pair of pink boots. All growing up the only shoes I would wear whether it be to school, school function, church, or anywhere else I have always worn my Justin's. There is no other boot I would rather wear. And now that I have two children I know what my dad went through. My daughter got her first pair of Justin's when she was a year and a half old and she is just like me won't wear any other shoe. She is now 4 and just started Pre-K and they want her to wear tennis shoes for running and playing on the play ground, but she ain't budging. I can't blame her though. I just don't know what I am gonna do when it comes time to teach her to tie her shoes other then buy her a pair of lace up Justin's. My son, he is only two but the only shoes he has ever had have been Justin's. I wasn't about to fight him on the issue, so I just bought him a pair 6mths ago when I bought my daughter a new pair. I don't know how anyone grows up without Justin's. I am 27 year old female and from the south and am still a proud Justin boot wearer. To me there is no other kind of Boot or Shoe that fits and is as comfortable and works for any kind of shoe like a good pair of Justin Boots!

September 6, 2008
Saved my leg
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I was bailing hay this summer when at the end of the day I was throwing up the some of the last square bales when I slipped and lost my footing. When I did that the hay wagon tire caught my foot and started rolling up my leg. I fell straight down and rolled my leg straight as everyone on the wagon and in the field yelled for the driver of the tractor to stop. I could feel the pressure of the wagon and all the alfalfa bales weighing down it felt like my leg was going to snap any moment. Finally the tractor stopped and he back the wagon off of my leg. They wanted to rush me to the emergency room but I told them to wait I was in so much pain for a couple of minutes but then it went away. If it wasnt for the grace of God and those leather Justin ropers my leg should have been crushed. How else do you explain 12000 pounds of weight laying on this country boy chicken leg and it not breaking ? God was with me and those leather boots got stretched real good but i walked away with a little limp and some bruises and that was all. I even manned up and finish bailing hay that day !!! Thanks for making a great boot.

September 6, 2008
JUSTIN'S ARE #1
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I WORK AT A TRACTOR SUPPLY STORE , AND WE SELL THE JUSTIN ROAD &RANCH BOOT.

I BOUGHT A PAIR WHEN I STARTED AND THEY ARE THE BEST BOOT EVER THE SOLES DO NOT SLIP WHEN YOU ARE MOVING PALLETS OF FEED. I CAN PUT THEM ON IN THE MORNING AND NOT WORRY ABOUT MY FEET ALL DAY.

AND MY SUNDAY GO TO MEET'N BOOTS ARE JUSTIN'S 1564'S.

I HAVE BEEN WEARING JUSTIN BOOTS FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS AND THEY ARE THE BEST BOOT OUT THERE.

September 6, 2008
My son carries the name I wear.
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I've grown up country all my life. I had always dreamed of having a pair of Justin boots. Unfortunately I was not able to buy my first pair until I after I had my son in 1988. I decided I would dance, dance, dance to work the baby weight off. So I bought my first pair. I paid $80 for them. It was love at first step. So much so, I named my son, (that's right, you guessed it) Justin.

I eventually became a dance teacher in country/cajun music dance lessons. My clients would always ask, what the most important thing to know about how to learn to dance. I said you have to start off with the perfect pair of boots. "Justin Boots." Most of my clients went out and bought a pair by the next lesson.

Well it's 20 yrs. later, I've only put one complete sole on them, I wore them for my wedding under my dress, I have rode many trail rides and worked many cattle in my boots. I regret to say that I have had to retire them due to being old & worn out.

If those boots could talk. They would even catch George Straights ear. haha I love my Justin's so much, it was good enough to carry the name on with my son, Justin Lee Breaux.

September 6, 2008
The Boots I never thought I would own.
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I grew up a ranchers daughter and the money when I was little was very little. Not enough to get me my pair of boots that I have always wanted. So I would just pray every night for a pair. I did for at least 16 years and then my dads Boss took me into a big city where I have never been being a country girl and when we got there she asked me what I would like for christmas and I said a pair of boots. She said all right then we will get you a pair and I told her you do not have to do that and she said I want you to have your very own boots so I picked me out a pair of nice grey Justin lace ups and I loved them until they fell apart which was about 8 years. I was just glad to have my first pair and now I have two more pair. They are really comfortable. Keep up the good work on making them.

September 6, 2008
Jackrabbits
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My first pair of Justin Ropers were worn while photographing jackrabbits and road runners (meep-meep) in Santa Elina Canyon, TX about 9 years ago. I slowly and quietly followed the jack around some sagebrush. Suddenly it did an about-face running like the blazes in the opposite direction. I took one more gentle step to see what scared the jack. Curled next to some brush a sleepy eyed mountain lion looked at me. I froze, but then VERY SLOWLY backed away but, keeping an eye on the cat. What seemed like a very long time was probably no more then a few minutes. I wasn't bothered, but did learn some lessons.

Later I mentioned to the ranger at the visitor centre that I saw a mountain lion. He said that was a very rare siting, and I was lucky to have no trouble other then my heart being in my throat.

I can't say that my Justins got me in or out of trouble, but I was sure glad to be wearing them. I still have them, among others pairs. My Justin Ropers are my everyday, go-to boots. Love Em!

Oh, I didn't get a shot of the jackrabbit.

September 6, 2008
Inspired by Alias Smith & Jones!
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Years and years ago as a teeny I would watch the antics of Ben Murphy and the like in Alias Smith & Jones. Wanting a pair of these boots and hoping one day to meet the stars!!! Time passes in a big way......but on my 21st I was lucky enough to have a pair. Bearing in mind I live in England and these were purchased in America hoping they would fit and I would like them!!! Well they never left my side..... they have seen me through riding stories, marriage and two children, work, highs and lows of my life. I had lost count how many times they had been resoled and restored and they still kept going, through all our English weather too!

One day I heard on the radio Ben Murphy was visiting and I applied for tickets for one of his 'lunch chats' in Stratford-Upon-Avon, well the boots were finally going to meet their inspiration, I know not even weather they wore Justin's boot to me they surely did. It was a very unusual day but a lifetimes ambition successfully delivered, emotional and so much fun after many many years.

My boots were made for living and that is exactly what they do.

Thank you

October 24, 2008
Future Cowboy
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Seven years ago our first grandson was born to our daughter who was on active duty with the US Navy. Being a good Texas girl she named her son Justin Tyler...It was really only recently that she really did name him after Justin boots.....and Tyler, Texas. He's a second grader now, and all the little girls just giggle when Justin comes around in his Wranglers and Justin boots. His Justin belt buckle tops every thing off..

September 5, 2008
Born club footed
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My brother was born with clubbed feet. He went through wearing the heavy white shoes with a metal bar on the bottoms to hold his feet in place to look like other children's feet. He was in his crib trying to pull himself up using the rail of the crib like other babies do but couldn't. Our Great Uncle couldn't stand to see him struggle so much trying to learn to walk, he bought him his first pair of Justin boots when he was toddler. The boots did the trick his feet straightened out and he loved them. We couldn't keep up with him. If he wasn't walking he was climbing on cabinets it was the furniture. The Justin boots pulled his hills down and stabilized his feel & ankles. He has worn Justin boots for 42 years and worn out hundreds of pairs of boots over the years. Being a teenager/ young adult of the 1980's he he tried wearing tennis shoes for more than exercising, sports and being style, but has always come back to wearing his boots. He feel's a lot more comfortable wearing his Justin cowboy boots and work boots.

September 5, 2008
True Love Waits!
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I'd grown up always wanting a pair of cowboy boots but that was never able to be a priority growin' up. As a young adult my priorities as a single mom were to take care of my son. This meant letting go of my "boot dreams". Well It wouldn't be until I was married and 26 yrs old before I would finally get my first pair of shiny red Justin boots. Not long after,I decided against a mass mailing of family "update" letters to send out and had set them aside to throw away. Well, I accidentally picked up the envelope with the family reunion fund for my newlywed husbands family with them and threw them all away. Frantically, I called and got the dump and garbage collectors to let me go dig through the trash just as soon as they dumped it. There was a large amount of money in that envelope. Well, we climbed, crawled over and dug and dug. We didn't find the money but my new Justins got broke in and saved my feet from who knows what. They came out only with a small surface slit. So glad I didn't have on Tennis shoes as what ever did that probly would of went all the way through! Now I have five pair! One of which are my 14 year old first pair of red ones! Thanks Justin for waiting for me...(oh, Justin is the boot, my husband is Greg!)

September 5, 2008
Racing Boots
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My first pair of Justin's were broken in at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1996. If it wasn't for these boots I would not have been able to tour the speedway, as well as climb up to the stratosphere for a good seat for the fall race.

September 5, 2008
My Justins Grow
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when my Justins have reached the point, they can not be "saved" again , I use them for planters, they line the steps on the front and side of our house filled with wonderful flowers and plants.

September 5, 2008
Justin Boots My Kinda Boot
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I've always warn Justin boots since my first pair of Ropers in Texas at age 19.Even though I left Texas, My wife every yr for x-mas buys me another pair of 14 EE, special order.I can do anything in them, but i like the dress boot for all wear dress or casual! My son's wear there's for hunting, 4 wheelin' and country kicking.. I don't know what I'd do if they quit selling My boot! Please keep making them your a great company!

September 5, 2008
George Strait Tickets
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I got my Justin boots with tickets to a GS concert! I was all cowboyed up for the concert and love to wear them all the time, comfort plus style.

September 5, 2008
I Ski'd Enchanted Rock!
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Being a former Marine I am indoctrinated to the point of a phobia that theres nothing more important to me than my rifle, of course seconded only by the health care and welfare of my feet. With out comfortable feet, youre just not going to be worth beans at the end of the day. As I grew into a family man, I took care of my feet with the best protection I could put them in. I also used different boots for different jobs. While Justin is and was a favorite, I always had a good pair of broke in bush boots close at hand for that off the beaten path excursion.

On our first family excursion to west Texas that our son was old enough to understand and enjoy the rich historical value of the Hill Country, I put Justin to a test no mere mortal man should have to endure. We arrived early at Fredericksburg, checked into our bed and breakfast with ample daylight left and decided to make the run up to Enchanted Rock. For those unfamiliar with Enchanted Rock, its a large pink granite rock sticking 425 feet out of the other rocks strewn all over the place. Did I mention its granite? Inherently slick.

As we rolled to a stop staring at the monolith the fourteen year old voice of my son asked as the door was closing; Can I climb it? and was a hundred yards in front of the truck before his mother said Sure!

Being the loving husband and father that I am, I looked over at her and ask: It would be a pretty low lifed old man who let his son scale Enchanted Rock for the first time wouldnt it.

As My wife has done for over twenty five years now, she just made kind of a harrumphing sound and gave me the look.

If youve never scaled a four hundred and twenty five hundred foot round piece of granite rock in Justin riding boots, trying to catch a fourteen year old, you havent challenged yourself, your character or your foot wear. By reaching behind the seat and grabbing my Justin Boonie busters, I could have been ready to climb Everest in just a few minutes. Instead, I opted to go with what I had. An expensive Sunday go to Church meeting go to town dress Justins on with of course the Texas preferred riding heels. What was I thinking?

Three quarters of the way up, I caught the lad. When we reached the top, I had to take his picture, then he of course had to take mine. My picture is a natural and un-posed shot of me laying prone on my back spread eagled sucking air into my lungs. Did you know theres no water fountains on top of that rock? You would think that going up that hill would have been a challenge.

Oh but whoa is me. Did I mention Enchanted Rock is four hundred and twenty five feet of granite polished by millions of years of weather? I really hate to put this in writing in public for fear it will become an Extreme Sport. But to descend this rock, you lift your heels, skid forty or fifty feet on a tangent or right angle to straight down. You drag your heels and drop to your butt to slow down and or stop. To be honest, I was barely winded by the time I got down and back to the truck, although my boots were hotter than the fourth of July. I stuck them in one of those eco-something or other around the base of the rock. Theyd be mud holes in East Texas, but since there aint no mud there the scientist make them out to be some sort of miniature micro-environment of some kind. Well, Im sure glad I didnt get caught because I walked off with a large quantity of one of them environmental things in my boots. Felt real good too!

Now you can put your stories of stepping on a snakes to grab the head, been there done that. Water Moccasins, copperheads, rattlers and a chicken snake or three. Or you can put your stories of cutting a rug at your favorite honkey tonk with your favorite gal or guy through tobacco and saw dust until the cows come home, been there done that. Or, well, I think you get the idea.

Thats all fine and dandy. Fortunately the days of counting on our feet to get us out of a bind get fewer and farther between.

But that aint the end of the story. A few years back, I had a heart attack. Later on, I had open heart surgery. If youve never experienced this, which I pray you aint, wont and dont, then you wont know that from time to time daily that right leg swells up like a wall eyed mare on a winter morning when she dont want to be rode. So Ive not only been out of Justin Boots for about six years now, I had to give up a closet full collected over thirty years that were ALL still as good as the day I bought themwell, with maybe a little seasoning. Ive got two friends who think I am their benefactor because they have the same short fat foot size as me.

So the moral of this story is simple. If you aint wearing Justin boots, you aint wearing a decent, comfortable life long friend. Youre settling for second best! Unfortunately, the day may come when you have to settle for second best. Until then, I hope you get to ski down Enchanted Rock for you kids one day too!

September 5, 2008
THE BOOTS THAT NEVER DIE!
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I had a pair of my Justins boots in the back of my truck while driving to Reno ( up interstate 80 from California) one December morning. When I got to Reno I found that one of the boots wasn't in the bed of the truck. I figured I had lost a good pair of boot and that I was SOL. I still kept that one lonely boot as a reminder that you shouldn't just through your boots in the back of the truck............about 5 1/2 months later as i was driving that same highway and thought how i lost my boot and how funny it would be if it was still on the side of the highway...............as God as my witness....it was still there....a little weather beaten.....I stopped along the highway and ran across to get my boot.......a lot of saddle soap and elbow grease , and they were wearable.....

this happen about 22 year ago and this actually happen to my Dad....he is gone now but i still have his boots..this was one of the fondest stories I remember about my Dad.

September 5, 2008
Hard to believe the price and service provided!
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I have an unusual foot size, about 14 B, I ordered a pair of deer tanned boots 13 1/2 C thinking that would be correct and it was. Got the boots in less than a month, perfect fit and a very well made handsome boot at a very reasonable price for a custom made boot.

September 5, 2008
You're Not Cutting My Justins!
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I love my Justins. I picked up a used pair, at a thrift shop, and wore them, all the time. They were so comfortable, right off the bat, and unless I had to dress up, those boots were on my feet. I wore them doing everything from doing sword fighting demos, to dancing, to just hanging out, and then, at the age of 32, I had the chance to do something I had dreamed of for many, many years. I had the chance to ride a bull!
I jumped at the chance, like there was no tomorrow! And, I loved it, immensely. I started riding, every weekend. I never competed in any sort of 'professional' manner, nor ever did anything more than ride at the Sunday evening 'buck outs', or practice rides, but I was there, faithfully, consistently, and every chance I had. I was the only female rider out there, and the guys were, for the most part, pretty darned supportive, helping me out however they could. Even though, at first, I was just /terrible/ at it.
Finally, I started getting the hang of things, and doing alright for myself, making a decent showing out at the arena. I had quite a few fans, and some people showed up just to watch me ride. It was just awesome!
At any rate, I wore those Justins, each and every ride. I didn't own another pair of boots, and even though I was able to get another pair at this point, I didn't. I preferred my old, beat up and battered grey Justins, my old faithfuls.
On Father's Day, 2002, I went out to ride on a typical Sunday afternoon. I was the fourth or fifth person out of the chute, and the ride felt 'right'. I got bucked off before the buzzer, but, for the very first (and only) time in my life, I came off and landed on my feet! It was awesome. For the split second I stayed on my feet. The first thought that hit my brain was 'Wow! I landed on my feet!' And, then, just as quickly, and as I landed on my rear, my second thought was 'Oh my God, I broke my foot!'. I had landed on my feet, yes, but I also had hit a hole with one of my feet, and rolled my ankle, causing me to fall down. I looked around, and the bull fighters had the bull on the way out of the arena, so I was safe. Good thing, too, because I couldn't get up on my own, yet. I just /knew/ I had snapped my ankle.
One of the bull fighters, Justin, got to my side, and before he could say anything to me, I told him to pull my boot off, because I had broken something. He asked me if I was sure, and I told him, yes, I was very sure. As he reached for my boot, someone yelled not to take it off, because my foot would swell, and he hesitated. I snapped at him, "Take the boot off, because it is the only pair of riding boots I have, and they are NOT going to cut them off, because I AM going to ride again!" There were a few choice words inserted in there, by the way.
He did as I asked, and pulled my boot off, and helped me to my feet, and assisted me in walking toward the gate. I tested my foot, and found that I could (barely) stand to put my weight on it, and in true stubborn, bullheaded rider fashion, I pushed him away, and walked out of the arena under my own steam.
I then went to the ER, and found out that I had fractured my foot in four places, and chipped one of the bones. I am convinced to this day, however, that if it hadn't been for my trusty old Justins, I would have snapped my ankle, or had a much worse break than I did.
I wore those old boots many times more after that, once my foot was healed up once more. I still have that pair of boots, and, even if I never wear them again, I doubt I'll get rid of them anytime soon, if ever.

September 5, 2008
These boots were made for travelin'
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As a long haul trucker, the drivers truck is also home away from home. In order to cut down on housekeeping chores, I decided to stash a clean pair of boots in the truck just for driving. I'd take off my 'outside' boots, set them on a towel next to the drivers seat, put on my 'inside' boots and hit the road. I purchased a pair of Justin exotic sea turtles from Sapp Bros. Truck Stop near Omaha NE to handle the chore. That was in the early seventies and since then they have traveled through every state in the Continental US, Mexico and most of the Canadian Provinces several times. Having spent nearly all of their time 'inside', they still look nearly new with original soles and heels. In fact you can still read 'Justin' on the heels if you look close. How many miles? Don't know for sure but they have outlasted several trucks.

February 6, 2009
My Justin workboots saved my foot, and possibly my leg.
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Earlier this year, I was doing volunteer conservation work with the U.S. Forest Service in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, outside of Wilson, Wyoming, in the Teton Pass area. We were building a rock retaining wall, about 7000 feet into the "Big Rocks" trail, to support a new section of the horse and hiker trail. We were moving boulders down the hill to lay the foundation when a rolling boulder slammed into another that I was working with, causing a slide. Boulders slid down the hillside pinning my left foot between them and a permanently planted boulder. If it were not for the heavy duty sole of the boot, I am sure that my foot, ankle and leg would've been crushed. The width of the sole of my workboot was all that prevented my serious injury. Not being in a position to assist in moving the boulders, my buddy busted 2 shovels trying to pry the boulders away. Another suggested untying my boots and slipping my foot out of my boot. My foot came out fine, but we ended up leaving my boot between those boulders, and finishing the retaining wall on top of it. I plan to go back there someday to show my kids the trail I helped build, and also to pay my respects to my hero.....I mean my boot. Thanks for making the style# 0761.

September 5, 2008
My George Strait boots
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Well my story is that i really love these boots i wore them to the San Antonio stock show and rodeo and i got a lot of compliments. They really are great boots their comfortable and their tough I've had them for a while and wear them all the time cause i love them !

September 5, 2008
Justin boots are the only boots for my feet.
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After going through countless brands I bought my first pair of Justin slip ons in 2003 when going off to tech school. 5 years later and after getting a few other Justins to add to my collection this old pair of slip ons remain on my feet at this very moment with hardly a loose stitch and have saved my feet countless times in my mechanical field. In fact the Justins are the only boots I've wore that I can stand in a puddle of transmission fluid or oil without worrying about slipping. I've climbed into tree stands with them, hiked up mountains in them, and waded creeks and ponds with them. I've actually got a pair of loggers on order right now because I wanted some aggressive tread on the bottom. All I can say is as long as Justin makes boots, it has one guaranteed customer!

September 5, 2008
Cowgirl at Heart
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One of the very best things about growing up in West Texas with horny toads, tumble weeds and tornadoes were all the different colors that Justin Ropers came in. (I hope you bring back some of the vintage colors and add some new ones for us.) I'm now a Cool California Cowgirl, but my vintage Justin's along with my new ones help me stay in touch with my Texas roots.

September 5, 2008
Your work boots are the best I've ever worn
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I have worked on concrete floors for over 35 years, and I just want you folks to know I'm wearing out my 3rd set of you work boots. The company I work for changed policy, and your boots were no longer available for a few reasons, but I actually had my doctor request that I be allowed to continue wearing your boots for my knees and ankles. I'm not a big guy, but I've got a lot of hard miles on me. Your work boots are the best I've ever worn, on a factory floor or sorting cows, wherever. Thanks again!!

September 4, 2008
I have never had such a comfortable boot in my life!
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I recently purchased a pair of Justin Boots, smooth ostrich with the wonderful innersole. I put them on for the first time at 6:00am went to Yellowstone and walked all day, got back to Cody and went dancing until, well lets just say I had my new boots on a VERY long time. I have never had such a comfortable boot in my life! And did I mention I have rhuematoid arthritis, so finding anything that is comfortable is hard to do. I can't wait to ride in them. I have told everyone that will listen how great they are.

September 15, 2008
Without a doubt, the best pair of boots
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About nine years ago I was in the market for a new pair of boots. My friend told me I ought to check out Justin. When I went to the boot store, the folks that really know boots told me the same thing. So I bought a pair. After 9 years, I have worn my Justins up on the Athabasca glacier, in the Sedona desert, through the woods, and I even slogged through the mud with them after Hurricane Rita. They are without a doubt the best pair of boots I have ever owned. Thank you, Justin, for making the best boots around.

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