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George Schoun started what would become George’e Boot Barn over 50 years ago from a labor of love. He worked as a farmer and a full time shipping clerk at Shaw Shoe Factory located in Coldwater, Michigan. The owner of the factory gave George permission to take home any returned or defective boots and shoes for free or a minimal charge. He soon realized he had a great opportunity to help his friends, family, and fellow farmers with free or inexpensive work boots profiting only 25 cents to $1 a pair.
With humble beginnings the first store was in an unused chicken coop. Word of mouth was the main advertising and soon neighbors, friends, and family came buying his boots and shoes by the bushels.
George’s Boot Barn through the years grew into a new 4 room store supporting multiple new products for his loyal customers along with a savvy saleswomen, his wife Ireta. It wasn’t unusual to open the store after hours to service a customer in need.
Today George’s Boot Barn is still a family owned business and proudly remains on George’s family farm. My mom Ireta is still the number one saleswoman at 94. Moving forward, in 2008 George’s Boot Barn went online now serving repeat customers worldwide.
Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take pride in our company, our commitment to customer service, and in the products we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our catalog.
We look forward to serving you. There is a lot of competition out there, but at George’s Boot Barn you’ll know every boot comes to you with a certain old fashion service.
I'm Barbie and proud to be George's daughter. Besides being a nurse I happily inherited the love of fitting customers with great fitting boots. Randy my husband and I love sailing in Florida. It was our dream for years and one day we said "lets do it".
Today George is no longer with us, but his legacy of selling quality products live on.
From mowing 8 acres of grass on the farm to selling boots she remains our #1 sales gal!!!