Founded in 1978: Based in Portland, Oregon

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Founded in 1978: Based in Portland, Oregon

At the age of 13, Bill Crary began working in his father’s boot factory, Danner Boots. For 18 years, Bill worked his way up through the factory, learning every aspect of crafting quality boots through practice and detailed instruction. In 1978, Bill started his own custom boot making business. For the last 38 years, Bill Crary and his family have been hand-crafting custom boots and shoes catered to the individual needs of their clients, including disabled veterans, rock stars, professional athletes, diabetics and anyone with a taste or need for custom footwear. It has been Bill’s lifelong dream to bring this same quality directly to consumers. 

The truth is: Over the past 30 years, countless American footwear manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to cheaper labor overseas, resulting in a significant decline in the overall quality and durability of boots.

“Our passion is to craft high quality American boots, built on generations of knowledge, and merge it with the styles of tomorrow.”

- Bill Crary

Crary make boots of unparalleled quality and comfort at their family-owned and operated factory in Portland, OR, USA using the best manufacturing practices, highest quality materials, and generations of boot making know how.  Their boots look good, feel amazing, last longer, and perhaps most importantly, they are able to offer them to consumers at the same price they would pay for significantly lower quality boots. 

THE BURNSIDE BOOT

The Burnside was named after an iconic east-west thoroughfare in Portland, OR.  Burnside Street became notorious in the 1860s for liquor and card rooms that drew sailors from the docks.  These days, Burnside Street maintains its grit, but also houses industrial, commercial and residential establishments.  The boot is as tough and diverse as its namesake.  Wear these to work, on your motorcycle or to your favorite watering hole. In comparison to a boot of similarity, the Red Wing 1907 Boot, The burnside is handmade in Portland, OR. The leather is full grain, cowhide sourced by SB Foot in Minnesota with full leather lining.

Burnside Boot (Trukee Red)

THE MT. HOOD & PACIFIC CREST BOOT

These boots manifest Crary's roots: Bill Crary’s father, Bill Danner, originally designed this boot in 1964 to hike Mt. Hood.  They have revived the original DNA of this boot.  Put them to the test on the mountain or take them right to the streets to flaunt your style.  They are so comfortable; you’ll never want to take them off. The Pacific Crest boot was designed for consumers looking for a heavy duty, yet incredibly beautiful hiking boot.  Made with a heavy duty suede leather, combined with a Vibram lug sole, this boot can conquer the Pacific Crest Trail or simply look good walking about town.

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