Not surprisingly, many of the country’s best custom bootmakers are in the West. Here’s a look at some top shops.
J.B. HILL BOOT COMPANY
D. ROUNDY BOOTS
SALT LAKE CITY
There’s no assembly line at this Utah shop: Don Roundy has been handcrafting boots one at a time from his workbench for more than 30 years.
JOHN ALLEN WOODWARD BOOTS
This artist got his start in boot design while pursuing a music career in Nashville. Now he makes wearable art in exotic leathers for would-be cowboys from his West Coast workplace.
MERCEDES BOOT COMPANY
One of a handful of boot companies located in or near Fort Worth’s famed Stockyards, this company will build unique boots in designs to suit you. But their Lime Ostrich Zebra boot is worth copying.
Since 1922, the Leddy family has been producing some of the finest boots around. Today, it’s run by fourth-generation Leddy bootmakers.
This award-winning artisan started her career in clothing design and learned bootmaking from veteran bootmaker Jack Reed.
Lee Miller may have been born and bred in Vermont, but he was trained by legendary Texas bootmaker Charlie Dunn. The four-year wait attests to Miller’s talents.
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