Our Story

At Russell’s Western Wear boots represent far more than a piece of leather.  They represent a lifestyle.

The kind of boot someone wears says a lot about a person. That’s why Russell’s takes great care in finding the right boot for every customer. For work, for riding, or for whatever the weekend brings.

Your boots need to handle the rigors of every day life, or the dust on a ranch or maybe a rodeo. They need to slide you across the dance floor or turn heads when you walk into a room. They need to be there so you can stand tall, or at work protect you from any kind of job.

The right pair of boots not only fit right, they feel right too. And not only do they make you look good, they make you feel good. They give you confidence...to saddle up, buckle in, or size up the job in front of you.

A good pair of boots can handle any season, or any situation. They help make the man, or woman.

Your family-owned Russell’s knows this. So, for the last seven decades, we have helped thousands of customers prepare for their day or their evening in the right pair of boots.

Started in Tampa in the 1960’s right on Dale Mabry Highway, the original owner of Russell’s Western Wear passed Russell’s on to his friend, Henry Meister, in 1992. As Henry owned and managed the store, he brought up his grandson, Scott, in and around the business. Even before Scott turned thirteen he was helping his grandfather hand-write sales tickets, sweep floors, and do everything in between because that’s what he loved to do.

When Henry passed in 2006, Scott took over his grandfather’s work and has continued to honor and grow his family legacy ever since.

Scott and his family have expanded Russell’s to nine stores throughout the state of Florida, including Lakeland, Dover, Bradenton, Lutz, Ocala, Lake City, Plant City, and the original Tampa store. Russell’s now proudly serves boot-lovers all over the contiguous United States through its online store Russells.com.

When you visit a Russell’s store or browse online, you can expect to see great variety. From tough and dependable to bold and stylish, Russell’s selection of cowboy boots, work boots, and western wear offers numerous options for practically everyone.

With thousands of pairs of boots from over a dozen brands in every store, you will find a wide range of styles for the whole family, all in one place. Try on as many styles as you like, really!  Russell’s will help you find the perfect pair that matches your needs, your fit, your personality, and your price range.

Even as Russell’s continues to expand from its original Tampa location, Russell’s places a premium on certain areas that won’t be compromised. When you step into Russell’s, you can expect proper service from a boot expert who knows about fit, function, and form.  Whether you shop in store or online, you can expect to receive the best customer experience, not just good or better.

All this from a local, family run company that proudly supports its community. We look forward to serving you soon. Because Russell’s loves boots as much as you do!