Founded in Belleville, Illinois in 1904, Belleville Boots had humble beginnings. Starting with only fifty workers and producing 50 to 75 pairs a day, Belleville Boots became known throughout the United States within a few short years for producing men’s and boys' shoes. It was in World War I, when the company got its first military order that transformed it from a simple producer of everyday shoes to the high-tech shoe manufacturer it is today. During the depression years, it marketed its shoes in Chicago to social service agencies. Military production again gained momentum in World War II. The company’s on-time deliveries and impressive products earned it the Army-Navy “E” Award in 1945. This made Belleville Boots one of only five companies earning the award out of the ninety companies that could produce a combat boot. In the subsequent years, the company has repeatedly earned honors from the government for its quality and execution. While the company diversified into athletic shoes - making baseball, golf, football, soccer, and track & bowling shoes, production concentrated more on military boots in the 1970s. Today, the company is actively expanding and investing heavily in developing revolutionary boot technologies. Being the principal provider of military boots, their boots are known as “Bellevilles” around the globe.