How I Live Free: Pete Limmer of Limmer Custom Boots

A passion for the great outdoors and quality craftsmanship is what shaped this White Mountains-based custom boot company that took off in 1950 and hasn’t stopped climbing since.

Pete Limmer’s grandfather began the family tradition of shoemaking back in the Bavarian Alps of Germany and would eventually settle in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where the mountains felt like home. In 1950, Limmer Custom Boots opened up shop in Intervale, New Hampshire, and today, third-generation-owner Pete Limmer carries on the legacy and methods his grandfather left behind.


What NH Means to Me

New Hampshire is a destination spot. The fact that the [White Mountain] National Forest is here is big – If I’m not in the shop, I’m mountain biking, fishing, hunting, that’s where I spend most of my time. For lack of a better way to express the feeling, around here is a warm spot in my heart.

How I Live Free

Living free, to me, is loving what you do. I am fortunate to be able to do whatever I want. I believe that if you can eat well, live free, and be happy, you don’t need a whole lot more. Money doesn’t make you live long, happiness does, so living free is where it’s at.

What NH Means to my Work

My grandfather moved from Germany to the United States in the 1920s and opened Limmer Custom Boots in 1950 at the same Intervale, New Hampshire, shop we’re in today. I am fortunate to be on the tail-end of my grandfather’s legacy; I work with customers whose grandparents’ boots were made by my grandfather. We have people come in who say one of their loved ones had our boots and I’m actually able to go through the archives and bring their old foot tracings out – you’ll see the tears start, I mean people just love the boots and their history.


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