THE BAXTER HERITAGE STORY
PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN OWNED
The tradition hasn’t changed much nor has the tough quality that Australians have come to expect from a handcrafted icon – Baxter Boots.
A handcrafted Baxter boot will tend to fit you like a glove and this is ensured from the start by a process of traditional examination of the hides.
All hides are examined for pleasing grain and texture and to feel if the leather is hard wearing. Hides that are too thick and inflexible are rejected.
From individually selected hides, uppers are carefully cut out and stretched under heat and pressure to form and shape the front of the boot.
Then the edges are trimmed and smoothed to create an even finish. Elastic sides and pull- on tags are then double-stitched into the leather upper to ensure longevity.
The lasts that Baxter use are designed for fit and comfort and this process has been in use for over a hundred years ensuring the best fit for our footwear.
Selected Baxter boots are made with fully welted soles. The welted sole is something you should be aware of when considering a pair of boots because the laborious, yet crucial welting method ensures the uppers won’t start to separate from the soles, which can happen with cheaply made footwear.
In the welting process the leather upper is stitched on to a tough leather welting strip. The sole is then stitched on to the welting strip using heavy, specially waxed and toughened thread. The thread keeps the upper firmly attached to the sole for the life of the boot.
All the leather soled boots are made with top grade leather. Between the inner sole and outer solen, under the toes and ball of your foot, a layer of cork filling is added. The cork layer starts off flat but as your foot gradually wears the boot in, the cork moulds to the shape of the ball of your foot and toes so that ultimately, the boot really does fit like a glove.
We see our factory partners as an extension of the Baxter Family and look for shared values to create long and lasting relationships with our partners.
We work with family run businesses overseas that share our values of small footprint production and ensure safe and comfortable working conditions with the same ethics when it comes to employment practices.
The collaboration and teamwork between the expertise of the Baxter Family and the factory partners has created a high-quality product with the most up to date footwear manufacturing technology at affordable and honest prices.