With the ranks of American manufacturing jobs wearing thin these days, wearing American-made work boots from The Union Boot Pro can show you’re standing up for an American industry that is in danger of extinction.

The United States once held a position that was virtually unchallenged in footwear. The share of imported footwear didn’t pass the 10 percent mark until 1964, but it had reached 50 percent by 1979, and topped 75 per cent in 1985, according to the Footwear Industries of America. Ninety-four percent of all footwear purchased in the United States was imported by 1999, and today, I doubt that percentage is any more favorable to American industry.

According to Gus Stelzer in his book “The Nightmare of Camelot,” President Gerald Ford set specific limits on imported shoes from 1976 until July 1981. During this period, more than 100 factories opened, $400 million was invested, and 30,000 new jobs were created. The footwear industry turned a profit for the first time in a decade.

When the quota limits set by Ford came up for renewal in Reagan’s first term, the International Trade Commission recommended that the import limits be continued, realizing the large national investment and employment gains that resulted from the quotas. The industry was still on shaky ground and it was questionable if the profits earned over the past decade were sufficient to invest in new technology for future production.

However, U.S. Trade Representative William E. Brock, a NAFTA advocate, advised Reagan not to continue the import limits. Reagan sided Brock. Within five years, more than half of the newly reopened factories had closed and more than 40,000 jobs vanished.

But these grim statistics certainly don’t mean we have to stand around in a pair of imported footwear with our arms folded thinking there’s nothing we can do.

Even if 94 percent of the footwear purchased in America today is imported, patriotic consumers can buck the trend if they know where to find the six percent of footwear that is still made in the United States. We definitely should not be a walking example of why the share of imported footwear is increasing with each passing decade.

A good place to start is to support an American company that has been making work boots in America since 1892! The Weinbrenner Shoe Co. of Wisconsin is one of a few remaining American footwear companies that still make work boots in the U.S. and it offers more than 140 styles, so you’re bound to find something that fits your style and your needs.

Weinbrenner makes boots from popular names you can trust like Thorogood, Hell Fire and Work One. And since Weinbrenner is employee-owned, you know the workers have a stake in making sure your boots are the best-fitting ever and providing the best customer service so you’ll be a return customer as well.

TheUnionBootPro also offers nearly 30 additional styles from Carolina and Red Wing brands. I currently have a pair of American-made Red Wing steel-toed boots, but if I were ever to order this brand again, I would order from The Union Boot Pro. Why? To make absolutely sure that my next pair of Red Wings was American-made as well since Red Wing has started to import some shoes and boots from other countries.

And as you can see from TheUnionBootPro.com website, boots from brands like CAT and John Deere are made in China, while Wolverine has a confusing mix of products that can sport either a made-in-China label or an assembled-in-United States label.

At TheUnionBootPro.com, they have an unbeatable 120 percent best-price guarantee, which means if you find an item for a lower price on another web site, they will refund you 120 percent of the difference between the lower price and their price. Shipping is absolutely free on all ground orders (there is an extra charge for express, 2-day or 3-day shipping). There is a minimal $5 handling fee added to each pair of boots purchased on the website, which is a fee charged to TheUnionBootPro.com for the convenience of drop-shipping directly from either the Thorogood or Work One warehouses in Wisconsin.

If you happen to belong to a union like the workers who build fine Weinbrenner boots, you can apply to get 27 percent off your order by filling out a simple form.

So saving money and getting a guaranteed, great pair of American-made boots couldn’t be simpler. Simply visit The Union Boot Pro for great footwear you can wear on the job and keep other American workers employed at their jobs at the same time.


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