Back in the early 1900s, Romeos were some of the most popular after-work footwear around. But what made them an American staple? Let’s take a look at the history of Romeos, and why they’re one of the products we love at Coastal.
Hard-Working Guys & Gals 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 of 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 workers everywhere. They transitioned from a mere slipper to something of a legend.
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.
Romeos are Perfect for Everyone
Georgia Giant Romeo Work Shoe
Available in soggy brown and black, these iconic Romeos feature a durable and soft full-grain leather upper, as well as a high-performance lining to wick away moisture. The end result is a pair of shoes that look great and keep your feet dry whether you’re on the job, doing chores, or out on the town. Includes an EVA midsole, easy on and off design, oil-resistant bumper guard, steel shank, and a Goodyear® welted outsole that can be completely replaced year after year.
Georgia Giant Romeo Women’s Work Shoe
Looking for durable yet comfortable footwear for work on the farm or at the office? Georgia Giant Romeo Women’s Work Shoes are the perfect option. Available in soggy brown and black, these iconic Romeos give you a little extra height and a solid footing. Plus, they feature a durable and soft full-grain leather upper, as well as a high-performance lining to wick away moisture. You’ll also enjoy the easy on and off design and a Goodyear® welted outsole that can be completely replaced year after year. This may be the one pair of shoes you have for the rest of your life.
Little Georgia Giant Romeo
Kids love shoes that are easy to pull on and kick-off. And nothing is easier and more durable than a pair of Romeos for kids. These shoes have all the same features the adult counterparts, but come in much cuter, smaller sizes. That includes a durable yet soft full-grain leather upper, a lining that wicks moisture away from little feet, and a Goodyear® welted outsole. Built to last for years (if not decades), these shoes make the perfect hand-me-down.
Try a Pair of Romeos at Coastal
We have just about every type, size, and color available at your nearby Coastal. Stop by, check out the selection, and go home with happy feet and a bit of footwear history.