Handmade in the Heartland: Dehner Company Boots

Posted at 1:11 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 08:11:20-04

Inside an inconspicuous manufacturing building on Martha street, workers craft artisanal boots by hand. 


For more than 100 years, the Dehner Company has made boots. 

The boots that would grow to be known worldwide for their incredible fit and fantastic look had their beginnings in 1875 in the small town of Junction City, Kansas.

According their website, "it was there, in a small German shoe repair shop, that Carlton C. Dehner first noticed a pair of boots sitting in the back room. Dehner was so taken by the quality and workmanship of the boots he asked, “Why don’t we put in a factory and make these more available?” 


In 1929 the company moved to Omaha, shipping out their first pair of boots in 1930. 

Today, thousands of boots are crafted every year and shipped out worldwide to eager customers.