In the continuing quest to find the perfect pair of boots, we've come across Helm Boots, a small, Texas-based footwear company. Founded a few years ago by a musician/coffee-roaster/house-builder/importer/teacher/hardware clerk who also happened to be obsessed with rugged shoes, Helm strikes a chord with us for its utilitarian roots. These boots are made to be worn. Hard.
Designed in Austin, Texas, and manufactured in Maine (that's the USA, people), Helm is a smaller, less faceless alternative to some of the bigger brands. "We've operated out of East Austin as long as we've been around," says Helm's brand manager Hillary Bilheimer. "We incorporate a lot of the neighborhood into our brand."
It's pretty cool that Helm goes way above and beyond the typical "Made in the USA" routine, but it's not just Helm that we're excited about—it's the boots. Check 'em out.