There is no lack of stores in Houston in which to buy cowboy boots. Ready-made or custom-crafted, plain or fancy, traditional or au-currant, the choice is yours. Here are our picks for five of the best cowboy boot stores in Houston.
Hours: Mon to Fri –10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat–10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun–12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This upscale western wear shop near the Galleria can outfit you from head to toe. The Pinto Ranch has nearly 3,000 pairs of Lucchese boots (pronounced Lu-K-C) in stock. Ask about the Swarovski crystal encrusted ladies boot from Old Gringo. Other brands include Rocketbuster and Stallion.With lots of tooling and newer embroidered styles, the boots come in basic calf skin or any number of exotic leathers. The Post Oak store opened in 2004. With success there, they’ve taken their ‘Pinto Ranch Lifestyle’ to Dallas and most recently to Las Vegas. Boots start around $200 and top out at $3,000, but there are plenty of choices in between. If your boots are looking a little dingy, rejuvenate them at the Pinto Ranch’s antique shoe shine stand. Don’t miss the home and gift departments for books and lone star themed accessories for kitchen and bath. A must have for aspiring junior cowgirls is the pink leather and fringe outfit priced at $75.
Hours: Mon to Sat -9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun -12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Your search for boots would be incomplete without a stop at one of the friendly Cavender’s Boot City locations. Cavender’s is predominantly aimed at the Texas mass boot market with 44 of its 50 stores in the Lone Star state. The stores’ walls of boots feature more than twenty brands, including such icons as Tony Lama, Justin and Lucchese. This is the place to take the whole family, since Cavender’s carries boots for infants, children, men and women. You’ll have your choice of boot in traditional toe, snip toe, square toe, round toe and roper boots. If you’re outfitting more than your feet, Cavender’s sells hats, shirts, belts, dresses, skirts, outerwear and jeans to complete your western look. There are eight Houston area locations, including this location near Reliant Park and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds. Boot prices for adults start around $100 and go up from there. Kiddos can get their first pair of boots for about $35.
Hours: Friday and Saturday only, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Texas Junk Company is aptly named. Among the myriad of treasures you’ll find in this quirky shop are hundreds and hundreds of used cowboy boots. While used boots may not be for everyone, it’s a great place to buy vintage boots that are no longer made. Or, if you’re on a budget and new boots seem out of reach, check out the amazing choices at this Montrose landmark. You’ll look like a regular cow-poke, rather than a green horn, when you strut in with your already broken-in boots from Texas Junk Company. If you don’t find what you want this week, try another day, as inventory is always being replenished. Boots in decent shape go for around $50. No credit cards are accepted here, so be prepared to pay by cash or check. Call ahead before you go, as owner Bob Novotney can be creative in his hours of operation.
Hours: Tues to Fri –8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., other days by appointment
Master boot maker Dave Wheeler has been in the business of making custom cowboy boots since 1960, after taking over the business from his late father, Paul. With more than 7,500 custom boots under his belt buckle, Wheeler knows a thing or two about boots. Featured in Tyler Beards, “The Cowboy Boot Book” and “The Art of the Boot,” Dave Wheeler is the go-to guy when celebrities or regular folk want to get the fit and feel of a fine custom boot. Wheeler guarantees the fit of his boots because they measure your feet themselves, right in their shop. Intricate inlays, tooling and fine finishes are their specialty. From their photo album, it seems almost nothing is impossible to incorporate into the boot design. Wheeler will help you choose the leathers that will best embellish your boot. From plain to fancy, understated to extravagant, Wheeler Boot Company has made them all. Bring your ideas; Dave Wheeler will craft them into one-of-a-kind (make that two-of-a-kind), footwear.
Hours: By appointment only
Owner Rocky Carroll does almost everything the old-fashioned way when it comes to making boots. The company was started by his father in 1938 and they have been making boots for notables such as Dolly Parton, Governor Rick Perry and both Presidents Bush ever since. The only nod to modern techniques is the way you place your order. Go to the website and download an order form. Measure each of your feet in the six places indicated and make your selections for toe style and leather. Fax in the form and you are well on your way to owning a pair of RJ boots. Of course, there has to be a little more conversation to iron out the details, but the process has reduced lead time and costs compared to others in the custom boot segment. Starting around $300 and with just a couple of weeks lead time, you too can be boot-scootin’ in a fine pair of custom Texas boots.
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