In 1908 Arthur “Possie” (short for Possum) Rossiter began making boots in his back shed, unaware he’d be creating a business which would span 4 generations.
It’s hard to imagine a more Australian guy. An Aussie rules footballer, a professional lawn bowler who represented Australia and a horse owner, who liked to back a horse or two in the races.
But what we love the most about him is his conviction. In 1910, after 20 years’ experience working for others in the shoe trade, he went out on his own. So confident was he, that he quit his job, sold his house and used the capital to set up his first shop in Adelaide.
His Cricket boots, footy boots and elastic sided boots quickly built the Rossiter’s name. Successive generations have continued to grow this same name by innovating and creating hard-wearing footwear designed to do the job, drawing their inspiration from Arthur in those early days.
In 1915, to do his bit for the war, Possie designed a combat boot “fit for our boys”. The success of that boot in WWI lead to a decades long association with the Australian defence force and an enduring legacy that a Rossi Boot must be tough, comfortable and ready for action.
Arthur laid the foundation that the business still operates on today, a love for life and genuine passion for boots that do the job.
When you wear a Rossi Boot, you wear a little piece of Australian history and little piece of Arthur’s passion from 110 years ago.
Arthur Rossiter started making boots in his backyard tin shed and a legend was born.
After building his Unley Road factory, Arthur formed the company Rossiter’s Pty. Ltd. starting a family tradition spanning 110 years and four generations.
Rossiter’s supplied boots to the Australian army during WWI. Arthur was too old to enlist, but created a boot for the soldiers in order to play his part in the war effort.
He lost members of his own team during that war and a beautiful memorial plaque still displays their names at Rossi Boots HQ.
During the depression, Arthur took to the road and trade shows to sell enough shoes to keep the operation afloat. He knew his staff depended on him and he fought hard to win sales to protect his workers.
Rossiter’s supplied 110,000 pairs of army boots to Australian soldiers in WWII, which remains an enormous source of pride amongst the Rossi Boots team to this day.
Rossiter’s create the famous Original Ripple sole desert boots, made with stitch down construction where the upper is sewn to the midsole. We still make these boots in the same way today and the Rossi Ripple is still going strong.
Rossiter’s introduced motorcycle boots. Still a collector’s item, these original boots enjoyed a cult following amongst dirt bike riders and cafe racers.
Rossiter’s Pty Ltd changed their name to Rossi Boots, the name their customers were already using.
The mighty Endura sole was launched, with nitrile rubber sole and air cushion technology.
For 25 years this sole has seen many a work day on farms, in factories and on worksites all over the world. We’re proud to say this sole continues to be a Rossi Boots best seller.
Rossi Boots celebrate the company’s centenary.
100 years of great Australian boots made in beautiful Adelaide, Australia.
After 40 years at their Hilton Factory, Rossi Boots relocated to Kilburn, just 20 minutes down the road where they continue to manufacture after over 110 years.
Rossi Boots meet their global demand through a mix of Australian made boots as well as product made by international manufacturing partners, who produce some of Rossi’s designs offshore.