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Roma FAQs

Q. What is Roma Boots?

A. Roma Boots is a socially conscious 'buy one give one'  boot company that merges fashion with philanthropy. For every pair of rain boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to impoverished children living in cold and wet climates.

Q. How was Roma founded?

A. Samuel Bistrian, who was born in a small village in Romania, conceived of the idea in 2009 after more than a decade of taking annual trips to Romania where he saw children roaming the streets with sandals, broken shoes or no shoes at all, through mud, rain and snow. Samuel decided it was time to do something about it and founded Roma Boots in 2010.

Q. What does Roma mean?

A. Roma is amor spelled backwards. Amor means love, which is Roma’s primary motivation. It is also the proper term for the gypsy people, who are generally a poor, marginalized population that Roma initially provided most of our donations to.

Q. Are the boots you give only for the Roma children?

A. No. We want to help the most impoverished children of the world, especially street children and orphans. The majority of the children we have helped have been Roma.

Q. How can I help promote your cause or get others involved?

A. There are many ways to help by donating, spreading the word, or organizing events. Whether you are a student, a stay-at-home mom, an event coordinator or activist, we would like to hear from you. Email us at

Q. Where is Roma Boots located in Dallas?

A. Roma Boots is headquartered in Shops at Park Lane across from NorthPark Mall. Our address is 8060 Park Lane, Suite 126, Dallas, TX 75231 (next to Gordon Biersch.)