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Steps in a New Direction

Venturing into the western and work boot world AFTER NEARLY THREE DECADES OF SUCCESS in the military boot market, McRae Industries founder and CEO Branson McRae decided to “go West.” In April 1996, he purchased American West Trading Company, a designer, marketer, and distributor of western boots for people of all ages. The deal included […]

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An Inclusive Culture

Welcoming Laos refugees to the McRae workforce DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, the U.S. secretly recruited thousands of citizens in Southeast Asia, including Laos, to support the war against the Communists and North Vietnamese. In the mid-1970s, when the U.S. pulled out of these countries, many Southeast Asians fled. They led their families on perilous treks […]

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War in the Desert

Keeping out the heat BY JULY 1990, times were tough for McRae Industries. The Cold War was over, military spending was down, and Defense Department demand for combat boots had ground to a halt. To weather the financial storm, company founder and CEO Branson McRae laid off nearly half of the company’s 287-person workforce and […]

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Boots on the Ground

Crafting combat footwear for the Vietnam War >American troops in the Vietnam War needed a better combat boot. McRae Footwear answered the call, manufacturing durable jungle boots for the harshest fighting conditions. THE YEAR WAS 1967, and the Vietnam War raged on. With half a million American troops in South Vietnam, the U.S. was at […]

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Caution to the Wind

Flying on a dream Growing up in rural North Carolina, McRae Industries founder Branson McRae had big dreams for the future. He went on to become a world leader in manufacturing military footwear. Mount Gilead, NC, sits at the foot of the Uwharries, North America’s oldest mountain range. With a population of just over 1,000, […]

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Original Hot Weather Combat Boots

One of our original combat boots: the Hot Weather Combat boots in Desert Tan. The Ripple-soled boot has enjoyed popularity for many years and this is one of the original models. Ours features the upper design of the current, standard issue Hot Weather combat boot and is made in Desert Tan suede and 1000 denier […]

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Terassault Boots at the top of Machu Picchu!

Great photos and review from another satisfied McRae Footwear owner. A pair of our Terassault boots have made their way to the top of Machu Picchu! This pair of boots made their way to many of the historical Inca sites in Peru as well! “The boots served me well – I especially appreciate the gripping […]

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Terassault Freedom boot weighs 32% less than standard issue boots.

Just a reminder about our remaining AF Sage boot inventory. Style #5724 is part of the Terassault Freedom series and weighs 32% less than standard issue boots. It’s designed to provide athletic performance without sacrificing the durability you need to complete your mission. Please let your friends and/or relatives know about this as Sage is […]

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Summer Weather calls for Hot Weather Coyotes

Summer’s almost here and to help kick it off, McRae is running a promo on all of our Coyote Hot Weather Combat Boots including our new steel-toe HW boot! From May 10th through May 31st, you can get $10.00 off on our Coyote boots at our website and still get free ground shipping and a […]

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Rugged, Uniform compliant steel toe boots.

Looking for a rugged, US made, uniform compliant steel toe boot? We’ve got you covered. Fifty two years of military boot making experience was utilized to produce what we consider to be the highest quality military steel toe available on the market today! The #8989 meets ASTM standards for compression and features our full one […]

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