In 1892 Albert Weinbrenner (age 27), starts a business with partner Joseph Pfeifer repairing and selling boots and shoes out of a storefront at 140 West Water Street in Milwaukee. - they called their new cobblery "Weinbrenner and Pfeifer."
In 1918 The Thorogood brand of work boots is introduced and enjoys wide popularity for creating specialized boots for many trades.
In 1950 the Boot style #633 is introduced as a premium job-fitted roofer boot with lace-to-toe secure-fit construction. This boot will set the standard and with a few technological advances through the years will remain in Weinbrenner's product line...up through today - style #633-1.
1964 Thorogood introduces the Hike 'n Camp - The Official Boy Scout Boot. The boot featured a unique wedge sole (no heel) and a reinforced moccasin style stitching. This boot style will become Thorogood`s all-time best selling boot style.
47 years later, this boot is considered widely as the signature boot for the construction industry. Quality construction and comfort, plus special oil-tanned leather, hightlight the 14 variations now available under the American Heritage label. The original 1964 design is still available - style #814-4201.
In 2013 Weinbrenner is America's largest manufacturer of "Made In USA" footwear - over 125 styles - primarily focused on quality job-fitted work boots. Two factories in Wisconsin continue to serve the company; with the Merrill operation as the headquarters. Bucking the trend of companies moving all or most of their production out of the country, Thorogood Shoes remains dedicated to keeping a majority of its production in the United States.
Thorogood Shoes continues its tradition of innovative design in the work boot industry and is widely.
respected as a leader in quality and comfort - after 120 years it is one of the most trusted brands in the industry. Today, Weinbrenner makes 250 styles of occupational safety work and uniform boots.
To further demonstrate its commitment, Thorogood has implemented a Quality Management System which conforms to the requirements of the International Standard ISO 9001 certification.