Established in 1876 by George Henry Bass of Wilton, Maine, G.H. Bass & Co. began with a man on a simple mission “to build the best possible shoe for the purpose for which it is to be used.” 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 pop culture. They saw the world from a new perspective. And Bass was with them every step of the way, making it the choice for Adventurers and American Heroes alike.
So much has happened since 1876, but not much has changed with the core construction process. The rumble, hum and clack of the shoe factory can still be heard today in the Maine based factory, where we still make shoes the authentic way, the Bass way…by hand. 140 years later, Bass continues George Henry’s mission, and honors its heritage with the Made In USA Collection; a curated selection of shoes and boots inspired by archival designs, and made with the same time-tested construction techniques as the originals. This isn’t heritage for nostalgia’s sake. There’s a trusted and reliable way to make “hard service” footwear. G.H. Bass has perfected the technique over decades of development and innovation, adapting to meet modern challenges, proving that A True Original Is Always In Demand.