Looking to spruce up your boot collection? Here are the top places in Fort Worth to buy cowboy boots.
You’ve seen the two-story building with the statue of the chestnut horse in the Stockyards. Over the last century, only two families have owned this 120-year old enterprise where you can buy boots, clothes, souvenirs and riding equipment.
Justin Boots has been the standard in Fort Worth for a long time –– their headquarters moved here almost 100 years ago. One of the magical things about the outlet store just south of downtown is the deals on popular styles. It’s possible to put your kid in a pair of boots for daily use or occasional nights out and not break your budget. You might also find amazing prices on one-of-a-kind boots made with unusual materials.
It’s an eclectic collection of boots, jeans, pearl snap shirts, hoodies and all of the other gear you’ll need if you’re going to cowboy up. Lazy J is great if you need to gear up a western ensemble in a hurry.
The shop in the Fort Worth Stockyards has been a fixture since 1941 for handmade boots, saddles and western clothing. Leddy’s has some of the most intricate and beautiful ready-to-wear boots around. If you have a little bit of time, the Saddlery shop will be worth the spell you sit.
This is the store that has everything that you never thought you needed. The boots are not custom, but beautiful nonetheless. You’ll also find booties and a varied selection of clothing to accessorize your new boots.
If you want to have a bespoke, made-to-fit-only-you boot, look no further. You choose the material and design at the little shop across from Dickies Arena. The nice folks who design the boots want to remind you that, if you want custom boots as a holiday gift, you’re running out of time.
The luxury boot brand has not one but two locations in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The storefront in Mule Alley sells a selection of chic western clothes and accessories in addition to the boots while the Hotel Drover pop-up focuses exclusively on footwear.
They don’t have any stock items or a sale rack. What you find at the 50-year old company are experts who will coach you through the conceptualization and design of your one-of-a-kind pair of boots.
Boot uppers in every color of the rainbow, and then some (like turquoise) with all manner of patterns and designs. If you want a custom look but you’re running a little short on time, Ramblin Trails has partially completed stock boots –– you still get to choose the heel and toe.
Whether you want the convenience of a high-quality boot that’s off-the-shelf ready or you want to design your boots from heels to uppers, check out the exotic materials at the storefront on 6th Street. As a bonus, if your boots need to be resoled, they can help with that, too.
All About the Fit
Last year we asked our friends at Justin Boot Company for some advice about fitting your boots. Justin’s known for the classic round-toed roper boot but of course, they make everything from snip toe to wide toe boots. The boot should hug the front of your foot and the ball of your foot, “like a good solid handshake.” The heel should slip up about half an inch when new, and this will diminish with time.