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YOR Boots is part of YOR Leather, a small leather manufacturer from Calgary, Alberta. We started making leather products in 2013 in our basement in Calgary. Once demand became higher and the basement was not an option any more, our founder, Roy Aguirre, moved production to Mexico, his home country. Our factory is located in Mexico where we manufacture our products. Mexico is known for their great leather goods and specialized artisans. Most of our work is made in house at the YOR Leather factory in Mexico. As a leather manufacturer, we always admired all the great boot brands from Canada and the United States. Some of these companies have been in the shoe business for over a century. It is not easy to be in business for so long, and it is important to mention that these companies are still around because the quality of their products is their number one priority. Manufacturing inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in 2017, we were looking for a nice pair of Goodyear welt boots. Something with leather mid-soles and a nice full-grain leather. We found that very few companies make Goodyear welt shoes and boots. Most shoes or boots you see at the mall have a glued down sole construction and they use split leather instead of full grain oil-tanned leather. We love and know leather, so when we see cheap leather on a shoe or a boot, we can spot it a mile away! We had a hard time finding a good quality boot. After looking around, we saw a big problem. All these shoes and boots were way out of our price range. We saw beautiful well made boots retailing from $400 to $800 dollars. We were trying to understand ... Why are these boots so expensive? We know how much the leather and all the other supplies cost ... Why are these boots being sold for $400 to $800 dollars?
We realized the 'middle man' needs to make some money too in order to stay in business. Rent, employees, utilities, and all other expenses needed to run a store cost money. This does not come cheap, so we understand why this type of boot cost so much. We can't blame anyone, it is just hardworking people trying to make a living.
We really wanted to make quality boots at a decent price so, in 2018, we came up with a few ideas and designs. We had some nice leather and we started making prototypes. We always said, "As long as we sell directly to our customers, we'll be able to put our money in the quality of the materials."
A couple months later we had 3 prototypes made. They looked amazing and felt very comfy. After getting a few different people to try them on and wear them, we got some great feedback. We did a few adjustments to the insole and the inside width and height.
By mid 2019 we had the type of boot we wanted. The boots fit and look great. We were ready for production!
2020 came and we started working on our first batch of boots. We all know how Covid has affected our lives, jobs and businesses but, we decided to continue to go after our dream. A few months went by and finally, by August 2020, we had finished our first batch of YOR Boots! We are happy and excited to show you our boots, a project that took us over 2 years to achieve the quality and the look we wanted! We are very proud of the finished product and we are excited to show you YOR Boots.