H.J. Justin entered the boot business in 1879. He left his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana and moved to Spanish Fort, Texas. With a background in boot repair, he quickly began his own boot company out of his home. After the railroads were built in 1889, H.J. moved his family and business to Nocona, Texas.
In 1908, when his sons joined the company, it was renamed H.J. Justin and Sons. By 1910, Justin boots were being sold in 26 states, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba for $11 a pair. After H.J.’s death in 1925, the company was moved to Fort Worth, Texas.
Nocona Boot Company became part of Justin Industries in 1981. By 1984 Chippewa Shoe Company was added to the Justin family of brands. Justin boots bought out Tony Lama Boots in 1990. Since then the company has flourished under the ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett.
There line of western were products has expanded since the early days to include wallets, belts, clothing, buckles, sandals, and of course Boots.