Lugz is a boot and athletic brand by family owned Jack Schwartz Shoe Company Inc, (JSSI). The brand was established in October 1993 and was aimed toward the urban fashion consumer. Lugz is sold in major retailers worldwide and offered in men's, women's and kid's styles in 93 countries.
With the launch of its first boot line, Lugz gained admiration from notable people in the music and entertainment worlds leading to a large number of unique collaborations. One collaboration led Lugz to its first ever celebrity-endorsed, "Funk Master Flex" urban driving shoe. Then, a collaborative line with hip-hop artist, Bryan "Baby" Williams, aka "Birdman" soon followed, in addition to additional endorsers including, Snoop Dog, Orange County Choppers, and athletes from UFC and MMA.
The popularity of the brand began to grow as radio personality Howard Stern began promoting the brand on his show. Lugz was additionally appearing in music videos for artists such as B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), and Dr. Dre; Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, NBA Basketball Players, NFL Football Players and MLB Baseball Players were all supporting the brand by adding them to their street style. In February 2000, Lugz launched their first interactive website where consumers could finally purchase shoes online at Lugz.com.
In 2006, Orange County Choppers, signed on to endorse Lugz which seemed to be a good fit as they were already fans of the shoes. With its aggressive "built for the streets reputation", Lugz collaborated with Paul Teutul Jr. to design a signature Lugz shoe, "The Torx." Also that same year OCC and Lugz collaborated on a custom Lugz chopper. In 2009 the chopper was presented to the Bluff Poker Player of The Year.
In the fall of 2008 Lugz entered the Mixed Martial Arts scene signing its first two MMA fighters, Lyoto Machida and Houston Alexander, as endorsers. Machida captured the title of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion as he represented Lugz. With MMA fitting a fast growing sport/entertainment platform with an increasingly growing fan base, Lugz later signed Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. In 2010, Cain Velasquez, became the newest endorser of Lugz. Immediately after signing Cain, he fought to become UFC World Heavyweight Champion and was the reigning champ in 2013.
In 2014 Lugz celebrated their tenth anniversary of Birdman's signature Lugz by releasing a new Birdman shoe in low and mid-top styles.