Nocona Boots have a reputation as authentic, high quality western boots from a boot company with over 80 years history in bootmaking excellence. Today, Nocona is keeping in step with customer expectations through innovative stylings, new leathers, and new designs that reflect the same high quality standards that Miss Enid Justin established back in 1925. Nocona has a commitment to highest quality values in authentic western footwear.
Miss Enid Justin founded Nocona Boot Company in 1925. Her goal was simple - to carry on her father's tradition of making quality western boots in the town he loved.
Her father, H.J. "Daddy Joe" Justin, came to West Texas from Indiana in 1879, carrying with him hope for a new life. With 25 cents and some bootmaking tools, "Daddy Joe" set up a shoe repair shop. When he had enough money, he bought leather for a pair of boots, sold them, and bought leather for several more pairs. He started a tradition of fine bootmaking. When the cowboys came through on cattle drives, he'd measure their feet, and on their way back, they would pick up their cowboy boots. In 1887, the railroad came through Nocona, Texas, just south of Spanish Fort. So, "Daddy Joe" moved his family and boot factory to Nocona and the better shipping facilities.
After "Daddy Joe" died in 1918, other family members wanted to move the family cowboy boot business to Fort Worth. Miss Enid felt so strongly that "Daddy Joe" wanted the company in Nocona that she stayed. In 1925, her brothers packed up the equipment and moved to Fort Worth.
Miss Enid borrowed $5,000 to keep seven employees in her small shop and founded the Nocona Boot Company. At first, some men had trouble doing business with a lady bootmaker, but they soon discovered the quality of Nocona Boot Company was just as good as her late father's. Accompanied by her sister, Miss Enid made her first sales trip into West Texas in 1926. The discovery of oil near Nocona also brought many new customers to Miss Enid's young cowboy boot company. Nocona began making a 16-inch "lace-up" boot that was tough enough to survive the oil fields and the wildcatters kept coming back for more.
In 1981, the Nocona Boot Company merged with Justin Industries, parent company of the Justin Boot Company, bringing the bootmaking histories of the two family companies full circle.