With nearly a century of experience making exceptional shoes and boots in America, our history is a distinctly homegrown success story. As we get ready to celebrate our 100th anniversary, we couldn’t be prouder of the more than nine decades of expertise that go into every pair of our footwear



From the beginning, we’ve been focused on innovation. In 1922 Elbert W. Allen founded a company in Belgium, Wisconsin that made shoes with responsive cork insoles instead of the awkward metal nails and shanks used in footwear at the time. Due in part to his own abilities as a salesman, Allen’s groundbreaking designs quickly found a following with anyone who appreciated a lighter, more flexible dress shoe that was much more comfortable from the very first wear.



After supplying footwear to the US Army and Navy during WWII, we gained a life-long fanbase among returning GIs who discovered the remarkable quality of our shoes and boots while servings overseas. In the following decades as we introduced styles like our Park Avenue and Strand oxfords that remain best-sellers to this day, getting fitted for your first pair of our dress shoes became an important rite of passage for fathers to share with their sons.

The team in Port Washington with entertainer Ernest Borgnine behind the wheel of the Wingtripper, a giant, drivable shoe that was used for local parades and events in the Milwaukee area.



Along with successive generations of leaders in the business, legal and cultural fields, we can count several US presidents among our dedicated customers.