The White’s legacy began in 1853 when Edward White created a solo boot making venture in pre-Civil War Connecticut shoeing loggers and soldiers. His son, John, briefly took his master craft to the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia in 1880 before relocating the business in 1900 to the Pacific Northwest where it remains today. In 1910, John’s son Otto grew the family business into the White Shoe Company based in Spokane, Washington. The White family built a reputation for producing some of the finest boots in North America, and Otto, an extraordinary innovator who created Arch-Ease and held patents on logging boot designs, remained active on the factory floor until his death in 1972. Always directed by a Master Shoemaker since its founding, White's Boots has remained committed to its original quality and craftsmanship legacy producing their workboots exactly the same way since their founding. The painstaking construction of the all-leather insole, midsole, and shank generate White’s signature high arch and provide a solid yet moldable foundation that will form to the foot without compromising durability. Each boot is hand-lasted, hand-welted, and hand-bottomed by master bootmakers, a process that involves more than 25 unique hand production steps. This construction method is essential to White’s legacy in maintaining a vanishing skill set that is as physically demanding as it is technical to provide a durable, fully rebuildable, lifetime boot — just like Edward White's 1853 original creation. Buying a White’s hand-sewn stitchdown boot is stepping into a long history of craft, dedication, and old-world quality that is increasingly rare, enduringly valuable, and has made the company an international icon in the work boot market.