History

Weinbrenner Shoe Co. maker of Thorogood® Shoes, is an employee owned company that has been manufacturing footwear in Wisconsin since 1892. Thorogood® footwear is defined by our honored heritage, quality craftsmanship, and unmatched comfort. With over 125 styles of American Heritage footwear handcrafted by Union Tradespeople Thorogood’s® Job-fitted footwear is built to get the job done. Building America isn’t a job for the faint of heart and Thorogood’s® Job-fitted footwear is a trusted tool you can count on to get it done. Lace up and go to work with confidence.

1892

Albert H. Weinbrenner, at the age of 27, opens a cobblery in Milwaukee with partner, Joseph Peffer serving “Jobbing” trades.

1900

Albert H. Weinbrenner Co. is formed.

1916

First catalog printed. Company has more leather cutting machines than any other in U.S.

1917

“Job-fitted” concept introduced. Weinbrenner is a major contributor of boots to U.S. Army in WWI.

1938

Company takes first steps into safety footwear production.

1942

Company celebrates 50 years in business. Converts to all-military footwear for duration of WWII, producing combat and dress styles. Military footwear also becomes popular with civilians.

1943

Company workers organize under International Boot & Shoe Workers Union. Management and workers continue outstanding relationship through today.

1964

The Official Boy Scout Boot: The Hike n’ Camp is introduced with wedge sole and moccasin-style stitching. It becomes the company’s best-selling boot of all time and is still available in its original design today.

1988

Company purchased by local group including six employees. “ThoroGard” division created featuring high-tech occupational safety footwear.

1992

Weinbrenner celebrates 100 years in business. “A Century of Lasting Quality”

2000

Weinbrenner employees took ownership of the company through ESOP.

2001

Within three days of the September 11 terror attacks, Weinbrenner donates and ships 300 pairs of durable work boots to Ground Zero for those working in the rubble. Another 200 pairs followed three days later.

2014

1892 heritage line of handcrafted, fashion-forward lifestyle boots is introduced, built on the iconic No. 60 last.