Best known for its combat footwear, McRae Industries actually got its start in 1959 by making kid's shoes for work and play. Then in 1965 the focus shifted to serve the military industry. Two years later McRae won its first military contract by the Department of Defense, and its olive drab jungle boots were soon seen on the battlefield of Vietnam. The U.S. government chose McRae because of its direct molded sole and vulcanized construction. Realizing that there was a high demand for the boot outside of the military realm, McRae started to offer its boots commercially. Most of McRae's footwear line is produced in the United States.