Justin Original Workboots

Justin Original Workboots

About Justin Original Workboots

The Justin Boots story began in 1879, when H.J. Justin left Lafayette, Indiana to start a new life in Spanish Fort, Texas. Initially a boot repairman, H.J. soon began his own boot company working out of his home.

When a railroad was built in Nocona, Texas in 1889, H.J. moved his family and business there to capitalize on the bigger market opportunity.

In 1908, John and Earl came to work for their father, and the company was renamed H.J. Justin and Sons. In 1910, Justin boots were sold in 26 states, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba for $11 a pair.

John, Earl and Avis took over the business after their father's death in 1918. In 1925, the brothers moved the company headquarters to Fort Worth.

In 1948, John Justin, Jr. purchased controlling interest in the company. It wasn't long before H.J. Justin & Sons was growing again. In 1968, the company made a deal with Acme Brick, another Fort Worth company with pioneering roots, to form Justin Industries.

Nocona Boot Company became part of Justin Industries when John Jr. purchased the controlling shares from his aunt, Enid Justin, in 1981. Three years later, Chippewa Shoe Company was added to the Justin family of brands. And in 1990, Justin Industries purchased competitor Tony Lama Boots after years of intense rivalry.

In August of 2000, Justin Boots was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett. With strong financial backing, a lasting tradition of quality, and a talented management team, Justin Boots today is stronger than ever.

Justin Original Workboots, Comfort & Safety Since 1879.

Filling a void in the marketplace in 1997, Justin Original Workboots originally launched as an extension to the iconic Justin Boots brand offering consumers a dependable workboot that stands up to the hardest conditions. Today, Justin Workboots combines performance, function, comfort, and stability with industry-leading technology to offer best-in-class footwear.

Justin Workboots maintains a commitment to domestic manufacturing with collections like J-MAX that is proudly handcrafted in the U.S. J-MAX is high-tech, top-of-the-line footwear for the worker who relies on boots for performance and comfort no matter the day’s job. An American brand supporting American heroes, Justin Workboots has donated over $50,000 to Camp Patriot over the past three years, an organization hosting outdoor adventures for disabled veterans.

Within J-MAX, Stampede, Hybred, Work-Tek, Double Comfort, Worker II and other boot categories, Justin Workboots offers comfort and safety solutions for brutal weather and severe working conditions, including: composite safety toes that meet or exceed ASTM F2413-11 standards for impact, compression, and Electrical Hazard at a fraction of the weight; MetGuard with Poron XRD impact-absorbing technology that meets or exceeds ASTM F2413 standards for impact protection; Achilles Relief System to eliminate weak spots in foot comfort by using stretchable material, high-density foam, and moisture-wicking anti-microbial lining; and well-insulated and waterproof exterior combinations.

Fit Guide, Boot Making and Care

Proper fit guidelines

There are three things you need to consider when buying boots: instep, ball and heel.

INSTEP: Unlike shoes with laces, a boot has only the instep to hold it securely to the foot. Hence, proper fit in the instep is of utmost importance. The fit should be snug, not tight or loose. The snugness is governed by the instep fit and the width of the throat. If the instep is too loose, the boot will slip excessively in the heel. To remedy this, you may need a more narrow width to shorten the circumference of the throat. This will reduce slippage without cutting down on the length of the boot. Slight slippage is necessary to obtain a proper fit.

BALL: When you walk or run, you bend your foot at its widest part. This is called the ball. Same with boots. The ball of the foot should rest on the ball of the boot. If the boot is too short, the ball of the foot will sit too far forward and force the toes into the toe box.

HEEL: A new pair of boots will slip slightly in the heel because there is nothing to prevent the heel of the foot from riding up slightly. When the boot is new, the sole is stiff. As you wear the boot the sole is “flexed”. With time, most of the slippage will disappear.

Ultimately, the decision on a proper fitting boot rests with the wearer.

Boot Making

Consider the labor involved in making a pair of boots: It takes more than 100 steps to produce one pair of Justin boots. In addition, more than 16 square feet of natural leather goes into every pair, making it easy to see why Justin boots are such a great value.

Skilled craftsmen are specially trained to make these high-quality boots. Once the pieces are cut, the craftsman starts by cementing the piping to hold the parts in place while another skilled craftsman stitches the pieces together. In the old days, boots were topstitched by hand. Today, technology has allowed us to quickly and efficiently sew the topstitching using a computer. After a few more steps, the vamp is stitched to the front quarter and the pull straps are inserted. The process of shaping, called Freeze Form Molding, begins.

The boot maker shapes the boot over the last using nails to hold the leather. The boot is now given its final shape. Excess leather is trimmed and the outsole is applied. After several finishing touches including heel trimming, inking and burnishing, Justin boots are ready to wear.

Leather Care

Find your leather type below to learn the best way to care for it


  • Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  • Clean thoroughly with leather conditioner or balm.
  • Apply a thin coat of neutral shoe cream and rub with a soft cloth until leather shines.
  • For a high luster, apply a thin coat of wax polish (neutral paste on light colors; matching paste on dark colors). Brush or rub again.


  • Remove loose dirt with a soft nylon brush.
  • Do not use conditioners; conditioners may discolor the leather.
  • Treat with two coats of Water & Stain Protector when boots are new. Allow to dry between coats.
  • Keep free of mud and drying elements.
  • On snuffed grain, use a fine abrasive paper lightly on the areas that are already snuffed.


  • Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  • Replenish oils occasionally with an all-purpose conditioner.


  • Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  • Frequently apply thin coats of reptile conditioner with a soft cloth.
  • Let dry, then buff with soft cloth.


Metguard with PORON® XRD™

MetGuard uses PORON® XRD™ Extreme Impact Protection to shield the top of your foot from painful, debilitating injuries.


GORE-TEX® membrane with durable knit backer seals out water but releases perspiration.

Handcrafted in the USA

A wide selection of styles still handcrafted right here in the USA.

J-Max® Double Comfort®

The NEW J-Max® Double Comfort® System is our classic Double Comfort® System packed with new technology.


The OrthoLite® insert provides lightweight breathable comfort that doesn't fade over time.

Justin Jel™ Comfort

Talk about walking on air - or in this case, super soft cushioning gel - Justin Jel™ inserts are the ultimate in comfort technology.

Justin Stabilization Technology®

Justin's Foot Stabilization insert technology uses dual density medical memory foam to stabilize the foot while still allowing it to move as needed.

Snake Guard

Snake Guard with Emtexglobal technology offers rugged outdoor puncture protection.


TecTuff is high-performance leather specially treated to offer exceptional abrasion and stain resistance.

Justin Ultrathotic™

The Ultrathotic is a removable, moisture-wicking polyurethane cushion designed for all-day, shock-absorbing comfort.

3M™ Thinsulate Ultra Insulation

In cold work environments, Thinsulate™ Ultra keeps your feet warm without sacrificing flexibility.


Superior technology keeps your feet cool and dry.


Waterproof boots are pretty much a necessity when your job calls for working outside in the rain, mud and muck. Our waterproof leathers make sure your feet stay dry no matter what the conditions.

Steel Toe

When it comes to foot protection, nothing beats the effectiveness of steel toe boots.

Composition Safety Toe

Finally, a toe that meets safety standards without weighing you down.

Electrical Hazard

For those working in environments where the chance of exposure to electrical currents is high, electrical hazard boots are the way to go.

Aluminum Safety Toe

Aluminum toes offer lighter-weight protection while still meeting or exceeding ASTM standards for impact and compression.

Achilles Relief System®

This complete back-of-the-heel system offers flexibility, support and breathability to eliminate weak spots in foot comfort.

Double Comfort™

At the heart of the Double Comfort® system is the revolutionary new orthotic insert working directly with the Orthotic Texon®/Poron® Insole.

J-Flex® Flexible Comfort

The patented J-Flex Flexible Comfort System® helps make Justin Boots the most comfortable boots you’ll ever own.

Puncture-Resisting Insole

An ASTM and CSA-rated textile insole protecting your feet from pointed objects more effectively and more comfortably than a steel plate.