Steppin' Out

Boots for Veterans (4th of July Edition)

By Alvie Faulkenbery,
Boots for Veterans (4th of July Edition) - Alvies

This Independence Day, we’re proud to share more about our partnership with the Iron Freedom Foundation (IFF),  a foundation dear to our hearts that celebrates veterans and takes them on outdoor adventures. What is so special about IFF is how they go above and beyond - veterans are not only supplied with the necessary provisions to complete the outdoor program, but they also get to keep all of the gear themselves for future trips of their own. IFF believes in the philosophy that - “You can not teach a man how to fish and feed him for a lifetime, without giving him the proper tools to do so.”

I originally started donating to IFF myself because of an epic fishing trip video they dropped from the Devil's River (a personal favorite of mine). We got so excited about IFF as a team, we decided that for every purchase of our original boot, the Lamar, we would give a charitable portion of sales back to the foundation. 

The Lamar is inspired by the collection of classic cowboy boots my grandpa (who was a WWII vet) handed down to me when he passed away. Alvies would have never existed had I not inherited my grandfather’s boots. I was always proud to wear them because they made me think about the adventures and stories he created in each pair.

Alvie Franklin Faulkenbery Jr.

To further honor my grandfather’s legacy, part of the Alvies mission is to give back by donating a portion of our sales to worthy causes. We do that through our Alvies Kicks Back program, which also highlights inspirational people living their authentic lives - which was my grandpa to a tee.

Iron Freedom Foundation
IFF was a no-brainer to be included as the charity of choice for the Lamar.  Their board is entirely made up of volunteers, and since no board member takes a cent in salary, 98-99 cents of every dollar goes back into their programs.  

Alvies is thrilled to be a part of advancing IFF's mission. You can learn more about IFF on their website at:

And if you’re a veteran interested in a pair of Alvies Boots, email us at and we’d be happy to honor you with our veterans discount.

The Iron Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing our veterans with the highest level of service. If you'd like to donate to The Iron Freedom Foundation click here. 

Alvie Faulkenbery

About Alvie

Alvie is the founder of Alvies (makes sense, right?), a man obsessed with boots and flip-flops. He spent six years designing and selling them out of an Airstream. That time was like his vision quest, where he learned everything he could about traditional bootmaking and leatherworking in order to build the best boots and flip-flops on the planet. In addition to being our Presidente and chief product designer, he’s also our resident boot expert and dropper of knowledge on the blog.