I love driving through Texas visiting boot shops, but I know I’m in trouble when I hear…
“Turn at the second dirt road on your right”
“Look for a brown fence with some horses.”
“We’re on the left, down the driveway…back a-ways. The shop’s behind the house.”
Yeah, right. Sure thing.
Here’s my travel tip… forget GPS. At times like this, I find my way with DQ.
What’s “DQ”…you ask?
After you get lost, drive back to town, and park at the Dairy Queen. Then you call the shop with your cel phone. The bootmaker will either give you more detailed directions (usually having to do with the color of the mailbox, the spots on the horses, or maybe the truck parked out front) …OR if you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear these wonderful words…
“Just wait there. I’ll come and get you.” (Yay!)
These are some photos I took when I visited Tom Smith in Aspermont, Texas. Tom makes a beautiful sturdy cowboy boot. Sometimes I think hard working cowboys pick such bright punchy colors, so at least some of the color can manage to fight its way through all the dust and muck.
Tom’s shop looks small on the outside, but feels big on the inside…I’m not sure how that works.
Tom Smith Custom Boots
PO Box 482
Aspermont, TX 79502