I stopped by Texas Custom Boots (Austin, TX). Noel Escobar…. even after all this time in the bootmaking business, has not lost his passion (and patience) for vintage cowboy boots. One of the few places that able and willing to return a beat up vintage pair to wearable condition. Noel is still a great collector. Lots of boots on the shelves. If you can’t find what you are looking for… then you should have the shop make you a custom pair!
For maximum impact, and exotic leather should offer novelty and surprise. Bystanders will wonder, point and eventually ask, “What is it?” Popular with people who want to stand out in a crowd, exotic leathers provide eye-catching patterns and textures not found on everyday cowhide.
Exotic leathers offer a way to add endless variety to a your boot collection. There’s always one more color, one more critter… one more pair.
In many cultures, wearing the skin of a totemic animal is thought to convey that animal’s strengths and characteristics:* cunning, speed, and virility to name a few.
Otherwise, are you feelin’ lucky? …here are a few finely-crafted short cuts to help you with your ebay searches for both new and used cowboy boots. Just remember to check the listings carefully for words like “genuine” (not “print” or “embossed.”) Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions, or request more detailed photos.