Get to know the Galway boot by Dubarry of Ireland. How much do you know about your favourite boots? How they were crafted? The heritage of the brand? Or perhaps the inspiration behind their creation? Watch the video to below to learn more about the classic Dubarry Galway boots.
The Galway boot was named after the beautiful Irish coastal county of Galway. Crafted to endure the rugged landscape of the coastline; this hardwearing boot is durable, practical and stylish.
From the stitching to the rubber sole and leather finishing, this video gives you an insight into the boot’s story.
A Great British Brand, the Dubarry of Ireland’s brand began in the design and manufacturing of fine leather shoes and yet it called itself after Madame du Barry, famous as the lover of Louis XV. ‘The previous owners thought that it might help sex up the brand,’ laughs Michael Walsh, the company’s marketing director.
In reality, the business was set up in 1937 in the small town of Ballinasloe in the heart of glorious Galway. It was set up as a co-operative to help create employment in the area and stem the flow of emigration. The business was able to draw on a local population of hard-working craftsmen and women, and Dubarry soon developed a reputation for excellent workmanship and quality.
The leather used for Dubarry’s footwear is specially treated and absorbs less moisture, therefore requiring 70 per cent less time to dry. It also ensures that the leather will stay soft and supple. The leather is the full cowhide with all its naturally occurring imperfections, providing it with that rugged ‘lived-in’ look. The Galway boot gave the company a prominent presence in the UK; Dubarry may be an Irish-owned heritage brand, but its largest and most important market is still in Britain.
So whether you will be running around Exmoor, or traipsing the Scottish highlands this winter, make sure you pack a pair of Galway boots.