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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
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Rodney Ammons

Veteran Boot Maker By Danna Burns-Shaw As the mind gathers words and concepts to express and relate a story, it goes through several different scenarios. The ultimate goal is to write a memorable story that depicts the featured character; those words are the journey of the story. This story is about a man named Rodney Ammons. Anyone who has met Rodney is now smiling, because if you know Rodney you
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Wendy Lane

Boot Making SANTA FE Style By Danna Burns-Shaw In 1972, Wendy Henry opened her first store, Avant Garde Leotard, in Coral Gables, Florida. In the early eighties, she moved to New York City and opened Wendy Lane, a womenswear store located at 78th and Broadway. Despite having strong roots in the East, Wendy’s heart longed to live out West. In 1989, while visiting her favorite place on Earth - Santa
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Hollywood’s Bootmaker: John Allen Woodward

By Danna Burns-Shaw John Allen Woodward | USA When you are introduced to remarkable artisanship, you are compelled to know who is responsible…and   how did this incredible artist become so outstanding? The first time you see, hold, touch and feel the quality of John Allen Woodward’s work, you gain a new level of respect and appreciation for his amazing attention to detail and exceptional ability to create a great finished