The History of Guinn's Boots  & Repair

In 1951, World War II veteran Dean Guinn used the new GI Bill to learn the cobbler trade. He opened his first footwear repair store the same year in Muncie, Indiana.

In March of 1972 after spending many years in the local factories he reopened Guinn's Shoe Repair in a small burg 3 miles west of Muncie in Cammack, Indiana.

Several years later he add retail to the store. We then became Guinn's Boots and Repair.

Vietnam Veteran, Jerry Guinn purchased the repair end of the business from his dad in 1984 and added more retail. He moved back to Texas after selling it to his brother, Steve in June of 1985.

Steve has owned the shoe and boot repair business since then.  He has been selling new boots and repairing old boots and other leather items for 31 years


The original business location in 1972 was actually 2 calf stalls in the old farm barn.

In June of 1974 the business was moved to a new 20X20 building just 50 yards south of the original barn site. A 20X20 addition in 1976 doubled the size of the business. Another 10X12 addition in 1989 would be the last for this building.

In August of 2010 the business moved 50 yards north to a new/old location. The same concrete slab from the original barn is now the floor of the new site.

Guinn's repairs; shoes, boots, most other footwear, purses, zippers, ball gloves and mitts, and many other leather items.

Guinn's retail sales include; new work boots, western boots, Minnetonka Moccasins, American West hand-tooled leather purses, Cardenas Hats, Straw Hats, Spenco insoles, Thorlo brand socks, belts, and a variety of footwear care products.

Guinn's is open Monday - Saturday 10:00-6.

We are closed;

New Year's Day                                                            

Memorial Weekend: Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue                        

July 4th

Labor Day Weekend: Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue


Christmas Eve - 10:00 - 2:00

Christmas Day

Pictured above and below is the old store. It served its purpose well from June 1974 through July 2010. We are now 50 yards farther down the street in a gray pole barn.

Oddly enough it is on the same concrete slab in which my dad started the business in the old farm barn on March 1, 1972.

The boot and shoe on the front of the building, as well as the lettering on the side, was painted by Steve Guinn in 1986.

                                      Dean Guinn 1975

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