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Ricky Dorsey uses a pair of needles to attach the
17-inch tall uppers to this pair of Gokey Botte
Sauvage boots. There are 500 stitches in these
boots, all done by hand.
buy a size 12EE to get the width they need.
And they are really only in an 11. Or they
have one foot different than the other, or
their insteps fall. There's all kinds of things
people have wrong with their feet that we
build for. "
What makes Gokey footwear so unique
is that it is designed to last a lifetime - or
maybe two lifetimes. " I have customers
call me and say, 'hey, these were my dad's.
They are a little small, can you stretch
them?' Yeah. They went through his lifetime
and now they are going through the
son's lifetime. "
Stacy explains that most shoes have an
upper that is glued to the sole by a small
flap of material. When the sole wears out,
there isn't enough material left to attach
a new one. Gokey shoes and boots use
a full leather vamp, with soles sewn on
using stitches that don't leave holes in the
leather. Owners of Gokey products can
return them for a full rebuild. " You can
take a boot that looks like it's on its last leg
and when we send them back to you, they
look almost brand new, " Stacy says.
When Stacy took over the company from
his father, he surveyed Gokey customers
and found that while they loved their
footwear, they didn't love it until after a
lengthy break-in period. In response Stacy
asked his suppliers to add more oil to the
leather for a more supple feel. He switched
to blown rubber soles and made the insole
to the same specs as Thermacell heated
inserts. The result was a more comfortable
boot right out of the box.
Other changes include a line of women's
shoes to go with the men's boat shoes,
oxfords and moccasins offered in off-theshelf
and custom-made options. Gokey
also makes a line of luggage and accessories
that are changing to match the highend
products sold by Boyt.
" None of this could be achieved without
the vision of our parent company,
Boyt Harness, its president Tony Caligiuri
and the skilled Gokey associates that are
dedicated to making quality products right
here in the USA, " Stacy says.
Those who buy its footwear include law
enforcement officers, farmers and bluecollar
workers who need a boot they can
depend on. Gokey sells many boots to utility
lineworkers, foresters and firefighters
who battle wildfires in the West and need
protection from snakes and thorns.
20 RURAL MISSOURI | APRIL 2022
" There's all kinds of things
people have wrong with
their feet that we build for "
- Stacy Doss, plant manager
Jerry Doss came out of retirement to help train new employees as Gokey expands its
operations. Here he watches Wes Thomas learn to stitch the plug on a shoe.

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