was started in the cold, windy basins of southern Wyoming
(hence the "HIGH
PLAINS") in 1975. The owner, Gary Thomas,
had several years of experience in the tanning and industrial
sheepskin products business prior to starting his own
business. He started out as a sheepskin finisher and
grader in a tannery and apprenticed under an "old
school" Czech craftsman, who made sheepskin saddle
pads, paint rollers and industrial applicators.
is still pretty much a one-man operation. While there
are several skilled people that he calls in to help
on occasion, Gary spends the Montana spring and summer
building the thousands of pairs of slippers that High
Plains ships to it's many customers around the U.S.
and Canada. Formerly in Laramie, Wyoming, then on Last
Chance Gulch in Helena, HIGH
PLAINS now operates out of a building in the
one block long downtown of East Helena, Montana. It
is a quiet spot in good country. We like the pace and
way of life in this neck of the woods. This website
is an effort to expand our market a bit, and make it
easier for you to keep in touch with us. We still make
'em one at a time; we like working with our hands. Thanks
for making it possible by your past business.