Joshua Bingaman started HELM Boots after wearing and obsessing over other brand's boots for most of his life. Born and raised in small town Oklahoma into a family that included ambulance drivers, mechanics, doctors and preachers, he has traveled all over the world and currently hangs his hat and his heart in Austin, Texas. He has played music in a band, roasted coffee, built houses in Honduras, imported kilims from Turkey, was a special-needs teacher, worked in the hardware store electrical department and owned several small businesses centered on footwear and coffee. Basically, Joshua is our model for the HELM Boots Man: He's got a diverse skill set, he loves adventure, he isn't afraid to work hard, he has a passion for the things he loves, he values friends and family deeply. Joshua started the Subterranean Shoe Room with his brother in San Francisco's Mission District in the late 90s. It was a destination for fellow shoe lovers. When he sold it and moved to Austin, he found he missed that aspect of his life and started HELM as a passion project. We have been designing shoes and boots in Austin ever since - moving production to the US in 2012.