Arthur Rossiter and his family began making boots in 1910 from a backyard tin shed. The word quickly spread about these rugged, well-made "Rossiter Boots". They were good enough to impress the military, and the Australian Army became one of their first big customers. It wasn't long before the "Rossiter Boot" became known as the legendary ROSSI Boot!
The Rossiter Family's commitment to craftsmanship and focus on quality has not waivered in over 100 years of boot making. ROSSI Boots are still made in Australia. In fact, ROSSI is the only major Australian shoe manufacturer that keeps every aspect of production on Aussie soil. The business is still owned and managed by the Rossiter Family. The ROSSI factory in Adelaide, South Australia is ISO 9001 Quality Management Certified by BSI, the world's most recognized quality management standard.
My introduction to ROSSI Boots was in 1997. I was heading to Margaret River, Western Australia for a winemaking internship at a small family winery. The moment I arrived, I couldn't help but notice the unique, lace-less, ankle boots that everybody was wearing. No matter where you went; wineries, vineyards, grocery store, the local pub, everyone had on these boots - both men and women. The weekend before my internship was to begin, I was invited to dinner at the winery owner's home. After eating, we sat in the living room sipping wine; he wanted to discuss what needed to be accomplished in the winery on Monday. Much later that night as I was leaving, he said "Make sure you go into town tomorrow and get some ROSSIS." My reply was "What are ROSSIS?" "Boots!" he exclaimed, "You need proper boots when you're working in the winery." The next morning I went to the Ag Supply Store and purchased my first (of many) pair of ROSSI Boots. They were the best fitting and most durable boots I had ever worn.
That was 20 years ago and I haven't worn anything else since.
Winemaker, Napa Valley