A lot happened in 1891. Carnegie Hall had its’ debut in New York City, electric lights were installed in the White House for the first time, and a company that produced work boots for loggers and gold miners was born in Seattle, WA. Washington Shoe Company celebrated its 125th anniversary this year by jumping into a puddle of initiatives and product offerings.
The most meaningful of its anniversary initiatives, Washington Shoe Company launched its first nonprofit entity, Wear A Big Smile. The mission behind this organization is to distribute rain boots, coats, and other gear to schools and homeless shelters.
“We’re really excited to launch the Wear a Big Smile foundation in conjunction with our 125th year anniversary. Rain is in our DNA so providing kids’ with boots to keep feet dry and warm is a natural fit for us. We want every kid to be a Western Chief kid.” – Robert Moehring, Chairman of Washington Shoe Company
Perhaps most the most astonishing thing about Washington Shoe Company is that is has remained a family-owned and family-run business, making it the 2nd oldest family owned business in the state of Washington, right after Bartell’s Food & Drug.
Here’s to another 125 years!