Peter Limmer: Peter Limmer & Sons Custom Boots
Credit: Bill Lee Imaging

The village of Intervale, New Hampshire hosts one of the premier hiking boot makers in the world, a fourth-generation family business with two employees that creates just two hundred and twenty five pairs of custom boots a year. "I like to say what Nike gets done by coffee break, we get done in a year," says Peter S. Limmer, whose great-grandfather started the business. The current wait for a pair is 18 months, a backlog that dates 40 years. Too long? Peter's cousin imports a stock model of the boot without the custom fit. "If you can't wait, I always say try the stock model first. But custom-made has always been where my heart is," says Limmer. "Give me people with toes missing, that excites me."