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Boots are made for walking. Boots are a cowpoke’s best friend. Boots are a fashion statement.

There are snakeskin boots, ostrich boots, vegan boots, boots with spurs, boots with floral designs, plain brown boots, red boots, black boots, Mexican pointy-toe boots, dress boots and so much more. But all boots have one thing in common: they all have stories behind them. Texas Standard wants to share the tales behind these iconic southern shoes.

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Why One Man Travelled From Germany To Texas for His Cowboy Boots

“Texas was the synonym of cowboys and country music.”

Boots Are The Favorite Footwear For Most Texans, Even The Littlest Ones

These cowboys and cowgirls have a serious appreciation for shoes.

Meet A Pair of Red Wing Boots With Sock Flair

“Sometimes we forget about people that wear other boots. There’s construction, there’s oil workers, there’s police – a lot of different kinds of boots.”

A Job Made Easier With Boots

Baltimore native Tom Greco didn’t think he needed cowboy boots for work – until he stepped on a rat.

‘If You Live In Texas, You Get To Own Ridiculous Boots’ 

n adoptive Texan shares his pride in wearing cowboy boots everywhere he goes

Making Boots Behind Bars: A Huntsville Inmate’s Creations Made Him A Celebrity

Arnold Darby made boots for lawmakers and other state personalities.

Performing Songs About Texas Requires Just The Right Cowboy Boots

“My mother’s music and a friend’s generosity gave me the boots that I will wear the rest of my life.”

A Lucky Encounter Brought One Pair Of Chicago Boot Home To Texas

The boots with Texas longhorns on them were destined for dance halls in the Lone Star State.

A Byword For Troubled Times: ‘Don’t Walk In Fear’

Lisa Lyons takes the message stitched on the back of her boots literally.

‘El Doctor Con Botas’ Is Known For Wearing Boots – And Saving Lives

A doctor, known by his boots, tells his story.

This Guy’s Boots Are The Same As Trisha Yearwood’s

He fell in love with a snazzy pair that happened to also be custom-made for the country singer.

This Attorney’s Red Cowboy Boots Say She Means Business

The boots helped her fight for families – until the boots went missing.

Asa Cotterman

A Horse Lover’s Old Boots Carry Memories

Liz Barrow still remembers buying her first pair of boots.

Photo courtesy of Martha Benevelli

Half A Pair Of Boots

Martha Benevelli grew up playing with leather scraps in her father’s Rosenberg boot shop.

Jennifer June/Flickr Creative Commons

From A Dutch Immigrant To A Texas Musician, One Pair Of Boots Has Traveled Through Generations

Singer-songwriter Rachel Laven tells the story of her grandmother’s worn-in boots.

Jenny DeMarco Photography

Cowgirl Boots Made One Woman’s Wedding Miracle Possible

Sometimes boots are more than fashion. This pair helped a woman stand up at the wedding she’d always wanted.

Leonard J. DeFrancisci/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Bob Wade's creation, the world's largest pair of boots, sits near San Antonio's North Star Mall.

How The World’s Biggest Cowboy Boots Came To Be

Austin artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade shares the story behind San Antonio’s giant boot sculpture.

Louise Rodriquez

A bootmaker at Rios of Mercedes hand-shapes a box toe on a custom boot.

A Heritage Of Custom Boot-Making Hangs On in Mercedes, Texas

The boom-and-bust cycles of the oil industry have taken their toll on local boot-makers, but Rios Mercedes keeps finding new ways to survive.

The Boots That Wouldn’t Break In

Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston was inspired by a musical hero, Jerry Jeff Walker, to buy a pair of special boots. But Livingston never quite got his money’s worth. But maybe, just maybe, someone else did.

Rachel Rascoe/Texas Standard

Ulli Johnston stocks and eclectic selection of custom-made cowboy boots for customers looking for the perfect fit.

The Boot Whisperer 

A German transplant to Wimberley has a special knack for finding customers the perfect fit.

Photo by Lindsey Miller

Kat Mendenhall shows off her vegan boot creation.

Giving Animal Products The Boot: ‘Texas Is Going Vegan, Y’all’

A city woman with a country soul sells non-leather boots, belts and other accessories, custom designed with Texas flair.

Cory Denton/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Typewriter Rodeo: City Girls In Cowboy Boots

Texan ladies love a good pair of cowboy boots, even if they’ve never seen a horse. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Jodi Egerton as she wrote this poem.

It may not look like I need to be wearing/These cowboy boots/for work/But that’s just because I haven’t yet/Gotten the chance/to ride

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Texans At The State Capitol Wear Their Pride On Their Feet

We met legislators, tour guides and firefighters. They all love their boots, and most have a story to tell.

Martin do Nascimento/KUT

John Burnett wearing his black ostrich boots. Unfortunately there is no photo of the bright yellow boots with snake heads that Burnett saw at Carlos Puente’s shop in Nuevo Laredo.

The Narco’s Bootmaker

When John Burnett went to a Neuvo Laredo shop in search of the perfect pair of custom boots, he met someone he didn’t count on.

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Project by Molly Smith, Morgan O’Hanlon and Joy Diaz.

Page design and graphics by Beth Cortez-Neavel.