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Wahoo! is a great little store in Santa Fe, New Mexico run by Diane Zamost. Cowboy boots, vintage denim… it’s a curated closet of coolness.

I get a lot of e-mail from folks asking me “What should I wear with my cowboy boots?

This shop has all the answers. You can go retro with a snap shirt and a little fringe… or grab some studded denim for that outlaw-rocker look. Want to go traditional? a little “range-y” maybe? Wahoo! has beautiful silk scarves, and decorated gloves and belts. (You may mix-up all 3 of these looks only under Diane’s supervision.)

Wahoo! 227 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)

Call 1-800-36-WAHOO (9-2466) …or 505-577-8200.

Jack Rowin (Video)

Click over and watch a short film called “Boot Camp” made by Kristin Windbigler.

A portrait of storyteller, philosopher and bootmaker
Jack Rowin
by an admiring apprentice.

I met Jack Rowin, back in 1999. He makes a hardworking cowboy boot, occasionally decorated with a brand or initial. Ms. Windbigler’s film was like stepping back for another visit.

Here are some my old photos…

Contact Jack to place your order for custom cowboy boots, or to learn the craft of bootmaking.

Jack Rowin, Bootmaker

21595 S. Powerhouse Road

Manton, California 96059
(530) 474-5146


(Video link courtesy of Deep West Videos.)

Boot Contest 2007

Each year at the Boot & Saddle Maker Trade Show Round-Up there is a boot contest. This year, there were loads of cowboy boots.

The boots sit on the tables unmarked. Everyone who visits the show gets to vote for their favorite boots and saddles. Sometimes I can figure out which boot belongs to who, either from design features…or the sometimes the buzz in the room. This year I had a difficult time because there were so many entries.

(More photos & stories at Custom Cowboy Boots Discussion Board.)

(Click here for full-size photos & more captions)

2007 Cowboy Boot Contest Winners


Winner: Terry Glueck (Waco, TX)

Runner-Up: Steve McCord (Henrietta, TX)

Working Cowboy

Winner: James Redman (Mertzon, TX)

Runner-Up: Mike Vaughn (Bowie, TX)


Winner: Jacky Heflin (Keller, TX)

Runner-Up: Brian Thomas (Abilene, TX)

Open Class

Winner: Dew Westover (Vernon, TX)

Runner-Up: Cowboy Loveless (Hugo, OK)

Top Stitching

Winner: Mike Vaughn (Bowie, TX)

Runner-Up: Ben Gonzales (Bryan, TX)


Lisa Sorrell (Guthrie, Ok)

Professional’s Choice

Brian Thomas (Abilene, TX)

Next year’s show is October 3-4, 2008 in Wichita Falls, TX. See you there.