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post #331 of 529
Here are some more of my designs...

El Vaquero


El Vaquero

Rios of Mercedes

El Vaquero

El Vaquero

Edited by jmonroestyle - 8/23/12 at 8:21pm
post #332 of 529
Originally Posted by jmonroestyle View Post

Here are some more of my designs...
El Vaquero

l Vaquero

El Vaquero

El Vaquero

Tell me about ElVaquero, don't think I have even heard of them. I have personally met (and been measured) by Pedro Munoz at Stallion, Dr. Jim Hill, Nevena at Rocketbusters and Chawne Stambach at Tres Outlaws, but I have missed EV. Enlighten me!
post #333 of 529
In Googling ElVaquero, all I found were B2B listings and this listing in a 2002 Texas Monthly article that I registered to download. How many of these guys are still around 10 years (and considerable $$$ pricing) later??

[Is there a Pin where this could be saved for reference?]

June 2002

25 Top Custom Bootmakers

Joe Nick Patoski's 25 top custom bootmakers as featured in the his article "Alive and Kicking."

by Joe Nick Patoski


James Leddy Boots
1602 N. Treadaway Boulevard

The nephew of boot king M. L. Leddy is now royalty himself, and he runs a real family business: He does the cutting, his wife and daughter do the stitching, his son-in-law does bottoms, and his former daughter-in-law creates the prettiest inlays anywhere. Specializes in: Flowery tops, old-fashioned crimped vamps, zipper tops, sharp pointed toes. Prices start at: $625. Turnaround time: Three to four months. Has made boots for: Country singers Buck Owens, George Jones, and Johnny Bush; U.S. representative Charles Stenholm.

Bell Custom Boots
2118 N. Treadaway Boulevard

The gregarious Alan Bell understudied with Tex Robin in Coleman (see below) before going solo. Twenty-five years later, his is one of the state's busiest husband-and-wife operations (Pauline Bell does the top stitching). Specializes in: Versatility (his leather ranges from tough and rugged to soft and supple) and signature stitching outside and inside the vamp. Prices start at: $625. Turnaround time: One year. Has made boots for: Race car driver Kyle Petty; cowboys from the 6666, the Pitchfork, and other mega-ranches.


Western Leather Craft Boot
1950 Civic Circle

Four generations of the Ross family have been making fine working and dress boots since 1914. Specializes in: Work boots, art boots, wing tips, and flower inlays. Prices start at: $575. Turnaround time: Three months. Has made boots for: Singing cowboy Gene Autry.


Texas Traditions
2222 College Avenue

Lee Miller apprenticed under the late, great Charlie Dunn and took over the business when Dunn retired. Specializes in: Flashy designs, such as wild flames decorating the tops and trademark Charlie Dunn pinched rose overlays. Prices start at: $1,000. Turnaround time: Three years for new customers (they're not taking any right now), thirteen months for old ones. Has made boots for: Country singer Lyle Lovett, rock singer Sting, actor Slim Pickens, golfer Arnold Palmer.


Tex Robin Custom Handmade Boots
115 W. Eighth

Robin's father, also called Tex, opened his doors in 1944 and passed his talent and commitment to high quality on to his son, who has now run the one-man shop for thirty years. Specializes in: Artistic tops with eclectic stitching (e.g., prickly pear cactus spines), brilliant coloring, and trademark butterflies and eagles. Prices start at: $695. Turnaround time: One year. Has made boots for: Governor Rick Perry, gambler Benny Binion.


Kimmel Company
2080 County Road 304

Since learning the trade from the late Dan Trujillio, another Comanche legend, Eddie Kimmel has built up one of the most productive small shops in Texas. Specializes in: Old-style boots that are a little stouter and have a heavier inner sole, which means they last longer. Prices start at: $550. Turnaround time: Three months. Has made boots for: Actresses Sandra Bullock and Priscilla Presley; movie producer Lynda Obst.


RocketBuster Boots
115 S. Anthony

Their boot designs are part flash and part kitsch, so it's no surprise that the showroom in which Nevena Christi and Marty Snortum greet their customers—by appointment only—resembles Pee-wee's Playhouse. Specializes in: The wildest tops in the business, from Hot Rod Devil and Custom Car Angel logos to fiery chiles and the Virgin of the Guadalupe. Prices start at: $750 (take $40 off any order if you trade a childhood cowboy photo). Turnaround time: Twelve weeks. Has made boots for: Actors Billy Bob Thornton, Mel Gibson, and Bruce Willis; actress Sharon Stone; director Steven Spielberg; talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.

Tres Outlaws
421 S. Cotton

Co-owners Scott Emmerich and Jerry Black (the third outlaw "we hung," says Emmerich) supply boots to high-end retailers, including Emmerich's Falconhead in the tony Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Specializes in: Elaborate designs, exotic leathers, hand-stitching as wide as 25 rows, braided kangaroo-skin piping, and silver inlays built into the boot. Prices start at: $595. Turnaround time: Four to eight weeks. Has made boots for: Actresses Brooke Shields, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Renée Zellweger; rock singer Sheryl Crow; überagent Mike Ovitz.

The Stallion Boot and Belt Company
100 N. Cotton

Longtime boot collector Pedro Muñoz, Jr., made a killing off of the Urban Cowboy craze. Twenty years later, he still designs boots for sale via trunk shows and couture retailers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior. Specializes in: Replicas of classic boots emphasizing starbursts and flame stitching, as well as buck stitching and lacing. Claims to be the only bootmaker using fossilized walrus and woolly mammoth ivory. Prices start at: $500. Turnaround time: Six to twelve weeks. Has made boots for: Rock singers Madonna, Robert Plant, and Bob Dylan; actress Ashley Judd; actor Tom Cruise.

Arditti Alligator Accoutrements and Handcrafted Footwear
910 Texas Avenue

A twelve-year veteran of the leather biz at age 31, Thomas Yves Arditti produces high-end designs for boots made of alligator and other exotic leathers. Specializes in: High-quality leather inside and outside the boot and signature sterling-silver logo built into the heel. Prices start at: $550. Turnaround time: One to two months. Has made boots for: Actor Jack Nicholson, former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev.


Carman Allen
8616 Quebec Drive

Formerly a bull rider, Allen designed chaps before shifting his focus to boots. Specializes in: Detailed tooling and a trademark lightning bolt. Prices start at: $650. Turnaround time: Eight to ten months. Has made boots for: The cutting-horse crowd.


Wheeler Boot Company
4115 Willowbend

Dave Wheeler has been working at his father's shop since he was twelve; forty years later he continues the family tradition by working alongside his wife and his mother. Specializes in: Colorful, elaborately designed boots-as-art Prices start at: $825. Turnaround time: Eleven months. Has made boots for: Vice President Dick Cheney, actor Robert Duvall, defense attorney Dick DeGuerin.

Maida's BlackJack Boot company
3948 Westheimer Boulevard

First-generation Italian bootmaker Sal Maida, Sr., served Houstonians for years; since 1977 that task has fallen to his son, Sal Junior, and bootmaker Richard Salazar. Specializes in: Upscale boots suitable for cowboy balls. Prices start at: $695. Turnaround time: Ten to twelve weeks. Has made boots for: Rockers ZZ Top, actor Ben Johnson.

R.J.'s Boot company
3321 Ella Boulevard

A bootmaker to the power elite, Rocky Carroll is a worthy successor to his dad, who started the business in 1938. He is backed by independent contractors, including 76-year-old Antonio Sanchez, maybe the state's finest craftsman, who works semi-exclusively for him out of a garage in Mercedes. Specializes in: Conservative, upscale boots with artistic tops, such as corporate logos, and lots of gold and silver. Prices start at: $295. Turnaround time: Two weeks. Has made boots for: Both President Bushes, Governor Rick Perry, country singer Dolly Parton.


Jass Boot shop
803 E. Avenue G

Pablo Jass worked for twelve years alongside the late Ray Jones, also of Lampasas. He still turns out tougher-than-hell real cowboy boots made for working on the range.

Specializes in: Jones's box toe, white piping, and stiff tops, and electric topstitching done by his wife, Juanita. Prices start at: $600. Turnaround time: Six months to one year. Has made boots for: Author and boot aficionado Tyler Beard.


Cavazos Boot Factory
302 Second

Vicente Cavazos, an unsung elder of the bootmaking biz, does the whole boot himself, from fit to finish, excelling in artistic stitching, inlays, and overlays.
Specializes in: Imaginative top designs, including roses and a Corpus Christi cityscape, and stylish ostrich wing tips. Prices start at: $225. Turnaround time: Four to five weeks. Has made boots for: Former president Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, actor Tommy Lee Jones.

Camargo's Handmade Boots

710 U.S. 83

Henry Camargo considers himself an artist and lets his imagination fly, producing an assortment of unconventional designs on exotic skins with free-form stitching.
Specializes in: Tops with '55 Chevy convertibles, '66 Corvettes, Harleys, Ford pickups, speedboats, Dallas Cowboys helmets, and Lone Star beer logos. Prices start at: $225. Turnaround time: Three to five weeks. Has made boots for: Country singer Willie Nelson, actor Patrick Duffy.


Stephanie Ferguson Custom Boots
2112 Poe Prairie

The Ohio native—the only female bootmaker in Texas going it alone—understudied at Jack Reed's place in Burnet, where she developed a flair for flamboyant colors and overlays.
Specializes in: Tops with three-dimensional hummingbirds, coconuts, flamingos, parrots, and morning glories. Prices start at: $850. Turnaround time: Six to eight months. Has made boots for: Country singer David Allan Coe.


El Vaquero Boots
722 E. Norman

Ignacio "Nacho" Martinez, another unsung elder, was part of the team that built boots for President Dwight D. Eisenhower for the dedication ceremony for Falcon Dam, in 1954. After spending most of his career at Raymondville's now-defunct Rios Boots, he currently works out of his garage with his son, Joe. Specializes in: Flaming-red rose inlays, intricate braided-lace piping, and lizard scallops. Prices start at: $300. Turnaround time: Six to eight weeks. Has made boots for: Armstrongs, Klebergs, Yturrias, and other ranching elites.

Armando's Boot Company
169 N. Seventh

Abraham Rios once had Raymondville's biggest shop, serving area ranches like the King Ranch. Today his nephew Armando Duarte Rios puts his 45 years of experience into each and every boot. Specializes in: Fancy inlays and nimble stitching up to ten rows wide. Prices start at: $420. Turnaround time: Eight to ten weeks. Has made boots for: Former governor Mark White; former Speaker of the House Gib Lewis; actors Sean Penn and Peter Coyote; country singer Willie Nelson.

Torres Brothers Boot Company
246 S. Seventh

In 1997 Raul and Frank Torres reopened the longtime business run by their father, Leopoldo Torres, who still consults for his sons on a regular basis. Specializes in: Butterfly stitching and white-alligator boots. Prices start at: $200. Turnaround time: Six to seven weeks. Has made boots for: King Ranch cowboys, Texas Rangers, border patrolmen.


J. L. Mercer and Son Custom Boots
224 S. Chadbourne

J. L. Mercer began working in his daddy's shop at age eleven. Seventy years later, he sells boots out of a rickety storefront and at rodeos, cutting-horse competitions, and the State Fair. Specializes in: Basic work boots, roper boots, and crepe soles. Prices start at: $450. Turnaround time: Three months. Has made boots for: Lyndon B. Johnson; former governor Mark White; actors Barry Corbin and Tom Wopat; country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Rusty Franklin Handmade Boots
15 E. Avenue D

Franklin split off from his venerated grandfather, M. L. Leddy, sixteen years ago and recruited master bootmaker Eugene Lopez from the late Charlie Garrison's operation in Llano. Specializes in: Stiff tops, school logos, and Texas icons such as the Capitol, the Alamo, mockingbirds, oil derricks, yellow roses, and bluebonnets. Prices start at: $495. Turnaround time: Five to six months. Has made boots for: Actor Tommy Lee Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

M. L. Leddy Boots
2200 W. Beauregard

One of the oldest and largest custom-bootmaking operations in the state.
Specializes in: Old-fashioned high-heel range riders, nuevo-retro cockroach stompers, tool tops, and lace-ups. Prices start at: $495. Turnaround time: Three to four months. Has made boots for: Country singer Trisha Yearwood, basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, actor Paul Newman.


Little's Boots
110 Division Avenue

What Lucchese Boots once was to San Antonio, Little's Boots—established in 1915—is today. Little's sets the standard for fancy custom boots, which are on display at the state's best showroom. Specializes in: Expensive, unembellished exotic leathers and intricately detailed art boots, including three-dimensional pinched roses and unique wildflower and leaf patterns. Prices start at: $750. Turnaround time: Three and a half months. Has made boots for: Country singer Reba McEntire, actor Tommy Lee Jones, author Alex Haley.

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post #334 of 529

Like you, I met and had boots made by a number of the well known boot companies in El Paso, TX., then I traveled further, and had some Paul Bond and M.L. Leddy boots made.

I knew that the cities of Mercedes, and Raymondville in the Rio Grande Valley were also known for having a number of custom boot shops. I found the article you posted. However, I could find little to no discussion about the South Texas bootmakers on any internet boot forums. In 2006 I took a trip down there, and toured the various boot shops. At one time there were many bootmakers there, who used to work for Rios of Mercedes, or Rios of Raymondville, and then started their own companies. Now there are just a few shops left. I ordered boots from some of these shops, and found that El Vaquero's boots worked out the best for me. Most of my custom boots have been made by El Vaquero, and they have also relasted a number of my other boots.

Joe Martinez runs the company, and is wonderful to deal with.
post #335 of 529
Originally Posted by Swan Song View Post

...I clicked on the pictures and it seems about the same, sometimes slightly smaller. Not just your pictures but others around the forum and even on my own pictures. Could be I need to adjust a setting somewhere.
You can adjust the size when posting pictures. When loading the picture, you can pick "small," medium," or "large." Medium has a setting of 350 x 1000 (In what units, i don't know).

But you can also choose the size after the photo has loaded. Before submitting your post, you can change the size manually. At the end of the set of code for the picture, you'll find the size setting:

DW's (gorgeous) photos were set for 350 x 700. The first pic in three sizes



post #336 of 529
I posted my photos using the middle size setting (350 x 700). It seems when I click on the photos to enlarge them after they are posted, they end up with the contrast too high. The vamps look ok. However, the stitching on the tops looks very unnatural. It seems the same effect is happening on the DW boot posted above, though to a lesser degree than on my boot photos.
post #337 of 529

Those are fine looking boots... who is the maker?

Edited by Elmonte Slim - 8/26/12 at 7:17am
post #338 of 529
Originally Posted by NavyStyles View Post

Das Boot.. haha, sorry. Yeah cowboy boots are nice. They aren't really my style, but if I found a nice pair, I'd probably get them. My cousin wears them. Of course, I might mention he does live in TX. Now, what was that you said about the Backstreet Boys? I wouldn't suggest getting your fashion ideas from them. These are the same fellas that wear t-shirts with rhine stones, and other rather odd choices in clothing. Sure they may have some good ideas, but they have a lot of bad ones as well. -CWS

Das Boot means "The Boat" in German...  Just saying.

post #339 of 529
Originally Posted by JustNewman View Post

Das Boot means "The Boat" in German...  Just saying.

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post #340 of 529
Originally Posted by Elmonte Slim View Post

Those are fine looking boots... who is the maker?

The maker, DWFII is who posted the original shots of his work; go back one page to see others.
post #341 of 529

I have a couple of pair of Lucchese Boots, there just another option is all. I'll wear them every once in awhile.

post #342 of 529
(I mistakenly posted this earlier as a NEW THREAD and saw it wind up on the main board; I repeat post it here where someone may have some experience to contribute.)

Hi All,
This morning, I pulled on a pair of olive jeans and matched up a pair Lucchese sueded crocs. Walking the dogs, they got fairly wet in the cool morning dew and have now dried out nicely, but that got me to wondering if anyone has any long-term experience with sueded exotics? Any staining or rubbed-bare spots? Have you tired to "clean" them with a metal brush or sponge?

Wearability-wise, these green ones are by far my most fru-fru kicks, but they are less ostentatious than the first pair I tried on at Stallion in ElPaso, and another pair of olive green under-layed filligrees at Back at the Ranch in Santa Fe. They are very soft and comfortable and I like the stitching, but, they are

Any thoughts on practicality or versatility of sueded exotic hide boots?
post #343 of 529
Now I know what to get the man that has everything, should the occasion ever arise when I'm in this pickle with someone. Wow those are unique (and awesome).
post #344 of 529
14 years ago while on my hols in the states I went into a shop in Stockton, California, Mickeys boots was the name of the shop I think. Anyway I purchased a pair of Tony Lama bullhide boots but while there I fitted on a pair of Lucchese boots that just cost too much at the time but they were the most comfortable cowboy boots I ever had the pleasure of introducing to my feet.
post #345 of 529
Well, as advertised/warned a couple of posts back, I am busting out of my conservative (eastern) boot style. My first custom-designed J. B. Hill's arrived today, and they are even more spectacular--and fun-- than I had hoped. They are cognac and chocolate, based on their "cattails" triad design, to which I added some whimsey in the pull department. I call them my "picnic boots" and you get to be the first to see them. I'll be curious about your collective reaction.

And no, there ain't no more. These were their last pair of hides.
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