Back at the turn of the last century, footwear was a bit different than it is now. For one thing, slippers weren’t simply fuzzy-lined foot warmers that kept your feet off the cold floor. They were something men wore when they took off their work shoes or boots to enjoy an evening at home. And Romeos were some of the most popular slippers around. Let’s take a quick walk down History Avenue and get to know the background behind today’s Romeos.
Hard-Working Guys Have Always Liked Romeos
According to advertisements from 1928, the men’s Romeo slipper was made from kid leather and available in brown or black. These ‘slippers’ had rubber heels, fleece-lined insides, the traditional elastic sides we know and love today, and were available in sizes 6 to 11 for a whopping $2.95 per pair.
According to some accounts, men who worked in the timber industry would change out of their work boots and into a pair or Romeos as they were transported out of the forest and back to camp. The name of the vehicle that transported loggers was called a crummy. Therefore, Romeos became known as the logger’s crummy shoes.
Similar stories have been told about fishermen, factory workers, coal miners, and any guy who worked hard to put food on the table about 100 years ago.
Romeos have always been the boots guys wore to give their feet a rest while still enjoying protection from the elements and everyday life. Over the decades and woven into the fabric of several generations, Romeos became a staple for the working man. They transitioned from a mere slipper to something of a staple.
Today, most people would see their Romeo boots as a vital pair of footwear – perfect for work, play, the office, or the pasture. Georgia Boots has helped bring the much-loved Romeos to even more hard-working folk with the creation of Romeo footwear for women and kids, including new styles, colors, and levels of weather protection.
Try a Pair of Romeos at Coastal
We have just about every type, size, and color available at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. Stop by, check out the selection, and go home with happy feet and a bit of footwear history.