Grizzly Boots are all artisan made by using traditional leather working methods. No two pairs are exactly alike. Materials and craftsmanship have come together to make our boots comfortable and durable for a lifetime, and their appearance reflects the artfulness, happiness and skill of our craftsmen. Grizzly Boots are old world style for a new world application, whatever you do.
Who makes the boots?
In the year of 1928, in the small town of San Sebastian Spain, Cruz Albizu was born. From these humble beginnings he was to become one of the worlds premier boot makers. His career began at the age of 16, when he went to work for a small boot maker close to his home. He apprenticed for 3 year under 3 different boot makers learning his craft, working for no money at first, but eager to learn the art of boot making.
At the age of 20 he was drafted into the Spanish Army, where he used his skills to keep the boots of the soldiers in his command in top condition. During his 18 months of duty with the Army, Cruz, a religious man, visited the local monastery where he befriended the Monks. Cruz used his skills by producing sandals for the Monks, and in return for his work the Monks would prepare some meager meals for him and give him a small payment.
It was in 1957 that Cruz decided to immigrate to the United States. His first job was in Oregon but not as a boot maker; he was hired as a cowboy on a ranch. Cruz was unable to find work as a boot maker until he relocated to Spokane Washington in 1970, where he was hired by Whites Boots.
At Whites Boots Cruz proved he was not just a boot maker, but a Master at his craft. He quickly became the top producer in both quality and quantity. He stayed at Whites for 13 years, before he left to open his own business, Cruz Custom Boots.
1989 the opportunity to purchase Grizzly Boot Company, then located in Montana, presented itself. Cruz made the purchase, relocated the company to Spokane, and has been producing Grizzly Boots ever since.