At Heisler’s Bootery, we truly believe there is a fit for every foot. And we pride ourselves on providing quality, individual service to each customer that “steps foot” in our store. We’ll measure your feet, ask about your day-to-day walking and working habits and find just the right shoe for you, whether it’s a work boot, orthotic or casual shoe. You’re not on your own when you walk into an independent, family-owned shoe store.

A healthy foot leads a happy life.


Heisler’s Bootery primarily sells work boots, safety shoes and boots, orthotics and other specialized shoes. Featured brands include Red Wing, HushPuppies, New Balance, Florsheim, SAS and Propet. Take a look at all Heisler’s has to offer.



At Heisler’s Bootery, quality and fit are key to the success the company has enjoyed the last 100 years.

Heisler employees will measure a customer’s feet – right and left, since many people have different sized feet – and recommend a shoe that not only will provide the correct support for the individual, but one that also takes into consideration a customer’s personal style. Besides being fitted with a quality shoe, customers will receive extensive knowledge about their foot health and learn to understand how best to take care of their feet. At Heisler’s Bootery, it’s more than making a sale – it’s about making a customer for life.

About Us

Heisler’s Bootery opened in 1908 in Crystal Lake under the ownership of John Heisler Sr., a harness maker and shoe repairman who was interested in creating comfortable, lasting work boots.

During WWI, Heisler Sr. turned his full attention to factory-made shoes, and his perseverance through world wars and several recessions and depressions paid off. The store prevailed, and with the help and expertise of several Heisler children and grandchildren – including Heisler Sr.’s son, Leonard, who took over the business and ran it until 1999 – it grew its status as a highly reputable shoe store.

Today, under the helm of third-generation owner Jim Heisler, Heisler’s Bootery continues its long-standing tradition of providing quality shoes and outstanding service, and the store proudly holds the honor of being one of the oldest continuously family-owned businesses in McHenry County.

A Proud Member of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce