I got my Justins when I was Boot Manager for Sheplers in Las Vegas, NV 13 years ago. My boots still look like new and all I do is keep them clean and protected from weather with a good protection polish. I love wearing them as they are so comfortable and have never lost their style.
I love my first pair of boots. I have had them going on 4 years. They where my first boots for everything from my first fall,trail ride and my first win. These are tough boots. Been though dogs,mud and been steped on more times than anyone will ever know. I will always stick with these boots
As a young girl I was raised in a rural southern Arizona town. In those days the three C's, Cotton, Cattle and Copper ruled. I never saw my dad who was a cotton farmer wear anything on his feet other than boots. I can remember begging my mother to buy me boots like dads.
Every year in March one of the towns in the surrounding area had Stage Coach Days. I will never forget when I was about ten years old going into town to the "Maverick Western Store" to get my first pair of boots. They were Justin Rough Outs with a pointy toe. Oh was I proud. I don't think I even took the boots off to sleep. I wore them out!
Since that time I have owned more boots than I care to mention and still my favorites are my Doe Skin ropers that I keep resoling. Thanks, Justin for the good memories!
It was the mid 80's and of course if you were in the FFA you had to have a pair of Justin ropers. I remember getting that first premium check from the County Fair show and my parents let me buy me a pair of Justin ropers. In the mid 80's they just had the common brown, black, Navy and red colors, so I decided to get a Navy pair. Then for Christmas my parents bought me a black pair of ropers. Then in the Spring came the Annual FFA Blue and Gold sausage sale. They had prizes for the top sales person and of course I was only a freshman and being my first year, I didn't sell as much as one of the Seniors that top sales person. The next year Justin started coming out with diffrent kinds of colors and I had probably 5 diffrent pairs as soon as I got a new, Justin would make a better color. The next Spring, it was time for the Annual Blue & Gold Sausage sale and I had talked that Senior (who graduated) out of his list of buyers, because the Blue & Gold Sausage Company, as an incentive, was giving away a pair of Justin ropers (and you could pick and color you wanted) to the top sales person to every FFA Chapter and they continued this incentive program until I graduated, so by the time I graduated in 1988, I had 12 pairs of Justin ropers, every color that they made at that time and all I had to do was sell alot of FFA Blue & Gold Sausage. The FFA taught me alot things that I have used in my Adult life, and #1 thing, I am a great sales person (especially if it is sausage)!
This is not really a good story to tell. But we will tell it anyway. We lived on a dairy and the girls were out with their dad. My oldest who was ten, dared her sister, then 7, to go in the cow pens and see how deep she could get stuck. It was after Christmas and the pens were all nice and wet, and her in her new Justin boots. She got stuck,clear up to her waste. Her daddy had to dig her out, as we all were keeping the cows away, as they were curious. When she was finally unstuck, her dad crawled over the feeders and fell. Right on the concrete and onto his shoulder. He ended up popping his shoulder out of place and that was a trip to the emergency room. My daughter got hosed off, boots and all. Dad recovered and so did her feelings and her justin boots. Her little brother, Justin, now wears those boots. We just dont like to talk about em.
That would be my husband and the boots he wears. He is a Soldier in the United States Army whom knows the value of simplicity and comfort.
While he was deployed to Iraq for 15 months, our late night conversations would drift into our first meeting and how I knew he was all of those things, just by the boots he wore. He always explained that when his feet would be tired and sore from 17 hours in combat boots, he would overcome the misery by imagining himself being home slipping into his Justin work boots.
He'd say; “Darlin’, there’s nothing like sittin’ on the back of my truck wearing a ragged pair of Wranglers and my trusty ole Justin work boots with you laying in my arms watching a Texas Hill Country sunset. Purity I tell ya…a breath of fresh air and warmth that fills the soul.”
December 2007 my husband returned home…the first thing he did was slip into those Wranglers & Justin work boots.
Ever since I was a little boy, every birthday my grandfather would take me to get a new pair of boots. He had many pairs of Justin's and I would always get the same. I still have the last pair he ever bought me back in 1981. They are a bullhide w/ round toe. I still wear them today from time to time. They have been resoled many times. I also own and where many different styles of ropers and work boots by Justin. Nothing fits or last like a Justin boot.
I bought my first pair of Justin Boots last year when I was trying out for the Reno Rodeo Flag Team for the first time. I needed a new pair and these fit well and were priced right. I thought I looked really good out there for the try outs!
When I bought the boots, I thought they would be just another pair of boots; but now that I've had them for a year, they have become my favorite boots and I wear them every time I ride. Not only are they comfortable, but they wear really well and I've had many complements on them.
I didn't make the Flag Team, but I will not quit and will try out again this year wearing the same boots I bought last year. They still look great after all the rides they've taken me on. I really feel like a winner in those boots. This will be the year!
Quite by accident, I came across a pair of second-hand cowboy boots. They had a slightly rugged, yet classic look at the same time. They turned out to be the best purchase of footwear I've ever made. They are my Justin Bay Apaches. Those beautiful oil-tanned leathers are just the right balance of ruggedness, yet they always clean up to great enough to wear to the office. They look right with jeans or dressed up a bit with khakis. I can't say that I'm a cowboy out there on the range branding cattle, but the classic look of cowboy boots never goes out of style. Of all my cowboy boots, my eye's always first drawn to my Justin Bay Apaches. During the rugged Michigan winters, they're my primary footwear. With routine cleaning and a light coat of polish, they look like new. The snow and salt stains add character to them, but they always clean right up with no damage to the leathers. And those leathers never leak or thin out. They're as tough now as they day I purchased them (pre-broken in, mind you). I re-soled them after the first couple years of incessant wear. And I will continue to do so as these classic boots will be with me for the duration. I've since found a second pair of Justin Bay Apaches and they're every bit as tough and classic as my first pair. My first pair still gets plenty of wear. I'm not about to let either pair leave.
Some boots are made for memories. They're worn and scuffed and every little scuff holds another memory. Especially a Justin book that can last so long! But my Justins don't hold memories. They don't look back. When I put on my first pair of Justins a few years ago, I was looking ahead and marching straight on with those black Justins. I'd retired myself riding when my old quarterhorse retired. But then one day I thought I'd start riding again. I went to a local professional who set me up western. There I was the south side of sixty in that western saddle and chaps and those Justin boots.... Every step in them was a step to something new and exciting. Riding again. Wearing some really neat western clothes. Feeling ten years younger and feeling as good in those boots as they felt good to wear. So those boots don't represent what was. They're what is and the great stuff tht's gonna be. And that doesn't mean only at the barn 'cuase I wear those boots all over the city too. The only thing better than those Justin boots would be a second pair of Justin's. Well, that might not be better; it might just double the pleasure.
I have owned my burgundy pair of Justin's for over 20 years. I wore them to every concert, rodeo, and event I could - even if the occasion didn't call for western wear...I didn't care. I would even wear non western dresses with my Justins. Well, over the years, life happened to me in so many negative ways with one of them being gaining weight to the point where my Justins no longer fit me. As I would sit and stare at my tattered box in which they sat, I wished I could wear them again but my feet had gotten too big for them - but they never lost their own spot in my closet. I lost alot of weight over the past year and went to see Clay Walker perform at the local Cowboy's this past August (one of the many concerts I had attended there). I again looked at that tattered box (having been let down many times before because they still did not fit anymore), and thought..."oh just try one more time...I sure miss wearing my Justins." Well, I'm happy to say they FIT! I wore them with the most pride that night. Sure I could have bought more Justins for myself over the years but I LOVED those and they had such sentimental value. In addition, I have spent my last 18 plus years ensuring all the new kids born into my family (nieces and nephews since I have no kids of my own yet) got their first pair of Justins from me (and they did)! It was expected that I would take them shopping for their first Justins and I always did. NOTHING compares to Justins. Thank you for existing and being a part of my family's tradition and life.
I am proud to say that I wear my Justin boots to the very end. I am a teacher by profession and as you well know, we don't make lots of money, but we love what we do. Several years ago I was in the market for a pair of exotic boots and went shopping at a large retailer. I found a great bargain in a section of the store where they sold factory "seconds". I was able to purchase a pair of smooth quill crepe sole ostrich boots at a price I could afford. I wore them proudly. I received many compliments every time I wore them. As a 4-H Club Manager, I work with kids and their show animals. While preparing these show animals, I spilled some type of oil on them, and they were stained beyond repair. The soles are worn but I still wear them with pride. They are the most comfortable pair of boots that I have ever worn.
October 31 2004 I purchased my JUSTIN
TEKNO CREEP boots from Larry's Boots Midway MO.
At first I just wore them for dress up times.
Then I said to myself, why not give my feet the comfort that they deserve, by wearing my Elephant boots they are easy on my feet and feel so good when you spend a long time in them.
And why should I die and leave a unused pair of Justin Elephant Tekno Creep Boots for my wife's next husband to enjoy.
So I wear them not every day due to the fact I switch boots, so that they get a chance to rest and dry out, this makes them last longer.
This I learned in USMC at MCRDSD in 1969.
Today they are still serving well, I am pleased to have them.
I am very please with my Justin Elephant Boots.
Thanks for making a real book in the USA
not china crap.
When I was about thirteen years of age, my best friend gave me my first pair of boots. They were Justin boots, a not familiar name to me at that time. My best friend gave me those boots because his father had purchased him a new pair. His father was a civilian with the Laredo Air Force Base in our town.
Those boots I kept for years, ( my parents could not afford to buy me new ones) and when I outgrew them, I gave them to my cousin.
I still wear Justin Boots and I love their good fit. I was remembering my friend a couple of weeks ago and I remembered the boots he had given me. My best friend ( I called him brother) was killed in action in Vietnam on Mother's Day. Thanks for reading my story
PS: By the way, Laredo is still a cowtown. Lots of oil and gas and many horses.
My first boots were purchased after many visits to boot stores. Being new to Texas I needed some to go dancing (all C&W dancing is better in boots) and to look good. Black Lizzard, thin sole and Justin. I was told to be careful breaking them in, but went dancing that night and they helped me to dance great. After 14 years, five soles and 2 heals I am now told they can't be repaired (lizzard pulling apart) and will be in the market for a new pair soon.
In 1979, I was sworn in as a Highway Patrolman for the Arkansas Highway Police. The uniform requirements included the wearing of a round-toed, pull-on boot. When I went to the uniform shop to purchase my initial package, the salesman showed me three brands of boot that would comply with the regulations, one was the Justin Roper.
I wasn’t an experienced boot wearer, but I knew from hearing my friends talk that Justin meant quality. I selected the Justin Roper and tried them on – I walked out of the store wearing them. For the next twenty-five years I wore the Justin Roper as part of my uniform. The quality leather produced a beautiful spit-shine, and the materials and workmanship provided a comfortable and durable support. A good looking boot is essential to a professional uniform appearance. A well made boot is essential to protecting your feet against the hardship of spending long days working on highways and interstates.
In 2004, after twenty five years of service, I came to Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to teach Criminal Justice and Public Administration courses. My Justin boots came with me. Now I have more freedom of choice in my footwear, but I still wear Justin. In addition to the Roper, I have added Justin’s Rustic Cowhide Camp-Moc and Techno Crepes to my work-wear. I have found that Justin boots help me take care of my feet in the classroom as well.
From a childhood where boots were not allowed, I have grown to love the feel of a well made pair of boots. My daughters grew up wearing Justin’s, and still do. My 4 1/2 year-old grandson wears his Justin’s everyday.
I had never worn any type of boot before meeting a handsome cowboy of my dreams. He wears his Justin Workboots to work everyday of his life, as he is a welder who wouldn't be caught dead in any other boot. During leisure time, he loved to dance. He would put on his Justin lace-ups and we were off to dance the night away. Since no true cowboy wants to dance with a gal in shoes, he bought me a pair of tan lace-up ropers that matched a pair of his boots. A year later, we had danced into each other's hearts. We were married in jeans, very nice shirts and our matching Justin boots. That was 1995. We both still have those boots, and we love to wear them out dancing to this day. We wear them to remind us of "Justin" Old Fashioned Love Song.
I got my first pair of Justin boots when I was a youngster don't really remember the age, but now I am in my early 40's, being from the sticks in Central Texas Justin boots where and are a way of life. I join the U.S. Marine Corps at the rip age of 17 had to have my Momma sign for me, but couldn't ship out til I was done with High School and age 18.
When it was said and done twenty years later, I looked back and remember taking my boots all over the world as to where the Marine Corps took me and at times made me go, but always remembering nothing was more relaxing than my Justin boots and a good broken in pair of Wrangler Jeans. I went thru several pairs of Justin boots and resoles in my life time, but the simple fact was that they where always Justin Boots, cant beat the feeling of great pair of boots. Heck even thought why not make our military boots feel like the Justin boots make you feel, comfortable. But being a U.S. Marine you worn what was issued and required for your uniform. But when the day was done, I could pull those military issued boots off and put on my Justin boots, kick back and enjoy.
Now retired I can wear my Justin boots everyday as I see fit, and do, I am blessed to have a job that allows me to wear my Wranglers with those Justin boots, and having done my duty to my Country, I put my issued military boots up in my closet and just like me they have been retired.
Thanks Justin Boots for being a part of the American life style and that I had the privilege to serve this great Nation wearing my Justins.
God Bless America and Justin Boots!
Back in 2005, I worked for the NC Forest Service as a smokechaser. While on a 40 acre forest fire in some extreme terrain at 11 PM at night, I had to cross over some hot black spots where the fire had already burnt. I was worried that the extreme heat from the fire would melt the glue that holds the soles onto the boot. But to my surprise, it did not. I wore these boots the whole time I fought fires, and even still have them to this day. I still wear these on the farm where we grow and put up alot of hay. These boots are awesome. Not only did these boots protect my feet from the heat, fire, smoke and sometimes water, they were great support on such rugged terrain. I never turned an ankle wearing these boots. A forest service firemen can really test a pair of work boots. I would definitely purchase another pair of these boots. They can't be beat....
I have owned Justin Boots for as long as I can remember as they are not only the best looking boots but also the most durable. When I received orders for Afghanistan with the Army, I decided to take my boots with me. The military issues steel toe boots but after walking in them for about half an hour your feet feel like two lead blocks. I had only been in the country for about a month when I had my first day off from work. I decided to go with a fellow soldier to a flea market to find things I could send home to my wife and daughter. We had been at the market no longer than a few minutes when a vicious sandstorm came up. We only had seconds to make it to a safe place and that meant running for all we were worth, as well as plodding through sand which had already fallen. If I had not been wearing my boots I shudder to think of what might have happened to me as they gave me the protection and traction I needed. Justin Boots are the best constructed and looking boots in the world.
Ever since I was a farm boy I've worn cowboy boots, but none have compared to my Justin's. I have worn my Justin's not just as a work boot but as a dress boot as well. I have had pairs that I liked so much that I had them resoled time after time just so I wouldn't have to throw them away. The have lasted many a mile while I've driven a big truck. The durability of the crepe sole being scraped across the grate getting in and out was always rough on the soles but they lasted for a long while. Hauling cattle proved to be the toughest test for them though. Stepping in manure, cattle stepping on my feet, loading in harsh conditions, my Justin's never let me down always keeping my feet dry. I'm proud to wear my Justin's and when my wife thinks it's time to throw them away, somehow, they always just seem to get "retired" to our closet "just in case" we need an old pair of boots. Justin's will continue to be a part of our everyday footwear.
I don't have a pair of Justin Boots but I am up for new experiences.
Just as the US has embarked on a new beginning with President elect Brack Obama--I too would be up for the experience of wearing Justin boots. Maybe our next President could use a pair.
My first pair of Justins completely sold me on the brand. I had tried on every brand imaginable the day I bought them, and they were the only pair that was comfortable right there in the store.
I wore them for the next ten years driving a city bus and walking 1/2 mile every day to my relief point. They have been resoled and re-heeled only once, and still clean up like new. The leather is still as soft as butter and they still are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned in over fifty years of wearing western boots. If they ever wear out, I hope that you are still making the same model!
I was a horse-show kid growing up in western Pennsylvania and only got to wear my boots during practice sessions and horse shows, you know they were those fancy kind of boots. When one of my mother's friends moved to Oklahoma, we got to go visit. She had married a rancher on a working ranch and it was the trip of a lifetime! It was then that I learned about REAL boots and sure enough they were Justin Ropers. They were the most awesome boots I had ever seen and they were even wonderful covered with dirt! My family eventually moved to Oklahoma so that I could have more horse opportunity. I begged and pleaded for my own pair of Ropers and guess what, I got my very own pair of Justin Ropers for Christmas. I am now married to my own real rancher and guess what he wears everyday............Justin Lace-up Boots. Justin Boots are just plain sexy!
I was living in Lousiana when I met my (now) husband, Ronnie, who was from Dallas. Knowing I would be going to my first country bar (Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth), I had to have a pair of boots. I searched high and low in the few places in Shreveport for a pair of nice, COMFORTABLE dancing boots. I finally found my first pair of Justin Ropers. Well, 1 marriage, 2 kids and 11 years later, I still wear them, even living in Chicago! They've survived two-stepping nights, my wedding day, and all the snow Chicago can throw at me. I am looking forward to visiting family back in Ft. Worth next summer so I can buy a new pair. I'd take them over any pair of strappy black heels any day.
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- 2.My Justin workboots saved my foot, and possibly my leg.
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- 5.I have never had such a comfortable boot in my life!
- 6.Your work boots are the best I've ever worn
- 7.Cowgirl at Heart
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- 9.These boots were made for travelin'
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