Acme Boots was founded in 1929. Two Chicago shoe manufacturers, Jessel Cohn and his son, Sidney, decided to move their children’s and infants' shoemaking plant from Chicago, Illinois, to Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
They set up their business in a two-story brick building on Crossland Avenue and called it the Acme Shoe Manufacturing Company. At first, they made sandal-like footwear for children and infants under the name Just-Kids. In 1935, the senior Cohn returned home from a business trip to Texas. Cohn took a pair of boots back to Clarksville to see how they were made. He studied the boots carefully, noting every detail of their construction. After his inspection, he and his son decided they could produce the same boots on an assembly line, allowing them to sell the boots for a better price. A short time later, the Cohns dropped their children’s footwear line in favor of the boots and re-named the company Acme Boots. In the 1940s, Acme Boots became the largest maker of cowboy boots and remained the world's largest until the mid 1980s.
Acme Boots has since been held by various corporations, including Arena Brands of Dallas, Texas, which licensed the Acme Brand to the Texas Boot Company of Lebanon, Tennessee in 2000. In 2002, Texas Boot put the Acme Boot brand up for sale, where it was purchased by H.H. Brown, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, and placed under the Double-H Boots brand label, where it remains today.
Styles of boots made: cowboy boots and work boots.
Value: Acme boots present a moderate value for the price paid. The boots are not as well-made as others.
Bootmen's experience: bhd's experience with these boots has been bad. Three pairs of Acme boots have worn poorly and have become very uncomfortable to wear.
Availability: Many licensed third-party vendors sell Acme Boots, but they are not as widely available as they were in the 1980s and earlier.
Custom sizing: Not available.
How to order: Try on and purchase in brick-and-mortar stores or from on-line vendors.