We get a lot of questions on why boots and flip-flops and what made us start ALVIES. Our story actually dates back to Co-Founder, Alvie Franklin Faulkenbery IV (Little Alvie's) grandfather, Alvie Franklin Faulkenbery II (Big Alvie) a WWII veteran, long-time adventurer with an incredible passion for beautiful, classic western boots. Big Alvie only wore the highest quality boots until he passed away over 15 years ago. Shortly after, Little Alvie inherited all of his grandfather's boots and at the time, believed he would never wear any of them.
Little Alvie grew up wearing flip-flops as his footwear of choice no matter the occasion. He wore flip-flops during his college graduation, throughout every winter season, and even traveled around the world in his favorite pair of flops. He had a passion for flip-flops but it wasn’t until his first time wearing his grandfather's boots that he realized what he had been missing.
Like many Austinites, Little Alvie started wearing boots and flip-flops all of the time. He grew so passionate about the two together that he started designing styles that he loved and eventually started ALVIES. The brand was launched in 2014 under the name, Rickshaw Boot & Flip-Flop Company but it changed to ALVIES in 2017 because of the rich story and what it means - that Cowboy Boots shouldn't be limited to just cowboys. At ALVIES, we have found a way to bring a classic and extremely comfortable cowboy boots and flip-flops direct-to-consumer. Now customers everywhere get to skip the extra middleman fees and buy ALVIES at a fraction of the price.
A PASSION FOR BOOTS & FLOPS
AUSTIN'S FAVORITE FOOTWEAR
The combination of boots and flip-flops have long been a staple to the Austin culture - combining a classic Texas style with Austin's easy-going lifestyle.
HOME GROWN, GLOBALLY FLOWN
Whether you shop online or visit us in Austin at our Vintage Airstream trailer on 3rd and Congress, you’ll get the same style, quality, craftsmanship, and durability, that is signature ALVIES. Looking to add something special to your company holiday party or conference? We will bring our boots to you!
BUY A PAIR, GROW A PEAR
For every pair of ALVIES Boots or Flip-Flops sold, we give back 1% to the hungry in our local communities.
We partner with local, organic farms to distribute organic fruits (yes including delicious organic pears) and vegetables so our local communities are healthy, not hungry.