Dubarry Brand History


Craftsmanship in every boot, shoe and garment

In 1937 a co-operative company was established to provide employment in a small town called Ballinasloe, in the heart of Galway on Ireland’s glorious West Coast.

The company was named Dubarry, after a famous French courtesan. Dubarry of Ireland’s beginnings were in the design and manufacturing of fine leather shoes. The business was fortunate to be able to draw on a local population of hard working craftsmen and women, and Dubarry soon developed a reputation for excellent workmanship and quality.

But we don’t rest on our laurels, Dubarry takes much design inspiration from the wild West Coast and Galway’s great sailing heritage to motivate and create superb deck shoes. Then by using the finest performance materials available, The Shamrock boot was created, Dubarry’s first dedicated sailing boot.

Dubarry then journeyed from the sea to the country, and created the most famous boot of all – The Signature Dubarry Galway Boot.

And the rest is history!

Dubarry’s range has expanded to include clothing and accessories, and over the year’s Dubarry has grown an international sourcing network, working closely with carefully selected partners who share the same high standards and desire to work with the best of components, raw materials and unique designs. Dubarry of Ireland have achieved great success and plaudits, but have never lost sight of the company’s heritage, of which we are immensely proud. Dubarry footwear and clothing is admired, desired and enjoyed around the world, but it is to our magnificent homeland, people and landscapes that we look to for inspiration.

And we always will.

Madame Dubarry

Madame du Barry

In 1937, the owners of a newly formed footwear company were looking to differentiate themselves from other Irish brands, the owners of the newly formed company decided they needed a continental European flavour for the enterprise, and after some research decided upon the name Dubarry, after Madame du Barry.

Jeanne Bécu was born in Lorraine, France, the illegitimate daughter of Anne Bécu, a woman of enticing beauty, whose occupation was as a seamstress. Jeanne was a remarkably attractive woman who used her looks to briefly take several aristocrats as lovers. In 1768 Jeanne married Comte Guillaume du Barry, thus becoming Madame du Barry. In the same year she attracted the attention of Louis XV while she was on an errand at Versailles.

Madame du Barry went on to become one of France’s most well-known courtesans as well as the mistress of Louis XV. Due to her association with the King of France, Madame du Barry enjoyed high status and privilege within the French court for many years.