Our Heritage
Established in 1876 by George Henry Bass of Wilton, Maine, G.H. Bass & Co. began with a man on a simple mission
"to make the best possible shoe for the purpose for which it was intended."
A hard-won reputation for quality, comfort and durability is exactly what has kept Bass in business for almost a century and a half. Personifying the American spirit, Bass shoes have been worn for generations, shaping them into an iconic symbol of discovery, perseverance and self-expression. Our customers are born from the backbone of American history. They represented our nation. They explored territories unknown. They defined popular culture. They saw the world from a new perspective. And Bass was with them every step of the way, making it the classic choice for Adventurers and American Heroes alike.

This isn’t heritage for nostalgia's sake. There's a trusted and reliable way to craft "hard service" footwear. GH Bass has perfected the technique through decades of development and innovation, adopted to meet modern challenges, and proved that
A True Original Is Always In Demand.
On March 9th, George H. Bass begins in the shoe making business in Wilton, Maine.
Bass moves his factory from Wilton, Maine, to Wilson Stream in Farmington, Maine, in order to utilize water-powered machinery for faster production time.
"Rangeley" style moccasin is created.This style becomes the standard moccasin for campers and outdoors-men.
Bass Aviation Moccasin Style 773 becomes the official aviation boot for the U.S. Army, designed for use in high altitude, wielding protection from the extreme cold.
Bradford Washburn wears Bass Boots, while exploring the Alaska-Yukon Boundary.
The first Bass Weejuns are made, named after a slipper-type moccasin used for "loafing in the field."
The original suede "Buc" style was created as an updated version of the Weejuns with laces.
During WWII, Bass developed a cold-weather boot for the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division.
The Weejun craze sets in, resulting in enormous growth and business. Weejuns are seen as mainstream and part of popular culture.
Michael Jackson wears black Weejuns in the opening of his Thriller music video. This marked the second wave of the "Weejuns craze."
From outdoor hikes to easy Sunday mornings, Bass represents a Function-Meets-Fashion style of signature archival designs, with a modern twist. Adventure Awaits.