TU in the News: Kroop's nears century mark of crafting jockey boots

TU alumna Randy Kroop is the third generation to run her family's riding boot store.

Towson University alumna Randy Kroops was featured in the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, February 16 in an article highlighting her family business, A. M. Kroop and Sons, Inc.

Randy Kroop (courtesy (Staff Photos by Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Randy Kroop (courtesy Staff Photos by Jen Rynda/ Baltimore Sun Media Group)

She hasn't changed the painstaking 125-step process used by her grandfather since taking over the shop from her father, Morris, and her uncle, Israel, in the late 1970s, according to the Sun.

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Kroop and her family have long created custom riding boots for jockeys like George Woolf, who rode Seabiscuit to win the famous race at Pimlico in 1938 as well as music celebrities Carly Simon, Madonna and Leon Redbone.

After graduating from what is now Towson University with a degree in fine art, Kroop designed furniture and loved sewing, carving and painting in oil and watercolor. In 1979, her father convinced her to take the reins of A. M. Kroop and Sons.