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“That Boot Store” started out in 1964 on the East side of Panama City in a small community called Springfield. John Cain, a salesman for Endicott Johnson Shoe Manufacturer, felt there needed to be a shoe store on that side of Panama City. So, he opened one–Discount Shoes–in July of 1964.

In May of 1965, his son, Joe, got out of the Navy and came to Panama City where he went to work for Arizona Chemical Company and  also helped in the shoe store. In July of 1967, Joe made a very wise decision: he married Charlotte.

To John’s great pleasure, Charlotte conveniently had a degree in Accounting. John, being the wise man that he was, quickly turned the store’s books over her. In no time at all, Charlotte had corrected several bookkeeping errors and had things running smoothly. Smoothly enough that Joe and Charlotte took over the store, and in 1992, Joe resigned from the Chemical Plant to work in the store full time. After wearing steel-toe boots for 26 years, Joe was able to help many first-time safety-toe boot wearers make the right selection.


They needed a name that better fit the look of the store and thus “That Boot Store” was born; in fact, many people had been calling it by that name for a while because they had begun to specialize in work and western boots.

As with most family-owned businesses, as the last generation passes on the next generation takes their place. Our story is no different and now the “girls”, Joe and Charlotte's daughters, are ready to keep the tradition going.

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