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Russell Moccasin Co.

Making quality, outdoor footwear, one pair at a time, since 1898 By Lynn Ascrizzi If you’re deep into exploring mountainous terrain, or you only feel fully alive while trekking over miles of woods and fields or braving wild savannahs — then you definitely have worn out a lot of boots. And, it’s a sure bet that you’ve learned, after suffering painful blisters, raw skin and bruises, that a pair of
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Mason Dixon Made

By Gene Fowler When Philadelphia leather crafter Heather Holiday needed to choose a name for her company that produces handmade bags and men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, she reached back into her own childhood. “I grew up in Maryland,” Heather explains, “and we had relatives in Pennsylvania. So every time we would go visit them, my brother and I would play a game about crossing the state line, which is also the famous Mason Dixon Line.”  That
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White’s Boots

By Danna Burns-Shaw White’s Boots opened around 1850 in the bustling state of Virginia.  New industries were emerging in Virginia’s cities. By the late 1850’s, Virginia could claim 4,841 manufacturing establishments, making it fifth among the states in this category. Canals and railroads connected farmers, rural flour mills, iron furnaces, coal mines and loggers. In the new found industrial age, the White family saw a need for well-made industrial work
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Tres Outlaws in El Paso

The Road to California Leads to the City at the Pass By Gene Fowler [gallery ids="1231,1226,1228,1234,1227,1233,1230,1225,1229" type="rectangular"] Back in the Days of ’49, many a pilgrim bound for the California gold fields traveled through the westernmost tip of Texas. In those days, the community called El Paso del Norte was on the southern side of the Rio Grande, and a smaller settlement of Americanos was growing across the river.  “The sight of this little place
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Stallion Boot Company

For the LOVE of Boots By Danna Burns-Shaw [gallery ids="1148,1149,1150,1151" type="rectangular"] The first year of the1980’s was memorable for political drama, cable TV (which included the first 24/7 news channel), addictive video games and the movie release of Urban Cowboy. The movie would inspire a new generation of cowboy hat and boot enthusiasts that would forever change the western wear industry. Pedro Muñoz’s venture into the fashion boot industry began
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Austin Artisan

A conversation with custom cowboy bootmaker, Lee Miller By Lynn Ascrizzi Virtually every day of the week, and even on Saturdays, you’ll find bootmaker Lee Miller leaning over a busy workbench in his Austin shop, Texas Traditions. He might be shaping toe boxes with a file, setting up lasts, sewing heel seats, drawing patterns or working at one of the hundreds of other operations that go into building custom cowboy
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Fenoglio Boot Co.

By Danna Burns-Shaw [gallery ids="1070,1076" type="rectangular"] Texas is known for many things: The Alamo, BBQ, Football, Black Gold-Texas Tea, Size (everything is bigger in Texas), Texas Longhorn, Texas Star, Chili, Hot Summers, and of course their slogan, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” Texas will claim that the first American cowboy boots were made in Texas, by H. J. “Daddy Joe” Justin in Spanish Fort, Texas.  Folks from Kansas will argue the
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Wheeler Boot Company

1960-2020 By Danna Burns-Shaw The Wheeler Boot Company has announced their retirement; they will be closing their doors in July 2020 and is now no longer accepting orders.  How many companies do you know that have to quit taking orders nearly four years before they close their doors (due to the sheer volume of pre-paid orders)?   This is the unique, inspiring story of such a company; a company that started
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Leddy’s

A True Texas Legend By Gene Fowler [gallery ids="991,993,992" type="rectangular"] “Where’re you from!?” exclaimed the late actor and writer Sam Shepard to his interviewer, a film reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. The fresh-faced scribe had just inquired about Sam’s ostrich-belly cowboy boots and when Shepard said they were from Leddy’s in Fort Worth, the reporter followed up with a faux pas. “Leddy’s…is that a famous brand?” A little De Niro-style
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Little’s Boots

Little's Boots  Custom Bootmakers since 1915 By Danna Burns-Shaw Little’s Boots is a 100-year-old family business with “heart and sole.” Building the highest quality boots, with four generations of family boot makers, Little’s is in an elite group of legacy bootmakers. As the 86-year-old, 3rd Generation owner Dave Little states, “That’s why you don’t see many small custom boot  houses; most of them eventually either get bought out or decide