It only takes a few lines of “Friends in Low Places” to know Garth Brooks isn’t from Austin:
Blame it all on my roots,
I showed up in boots,
And ruined your black tie affair.
No one ever ruined a black tie event in Austin by showing up wearing cowboy boots. In fact, someone’s fancy boots might be the envy of other partygoers.
Austin has plenty of places to buy cowboy boots. Whether you’re on the hunt for your first pair or looking for something wild to add to your collection, start your search at one of these Austin boot stores.
1. Allens Boots
Whether you’re walking or driving down South Congress Avenue, it’s hard to miss the giant red boot over the entrance of Allens Boots. From the outside, it looks bigger than your average SoCo store, but step inside, and you’ll find a western wear megastore with aisles upon aisles of cowboy boots for men and women. If you can’t find a pair of cowboy boots you want in here, you don’t like cowboy boots.
2. Heritage Boot Co.
When you’re looking to buy custom made boots, the last thing you want to do is order them online. Heritage Boot Co. doesn’t sell their boots online. You can only get them in their South Congress store or by calling them on the phone.
They started making their boots in 2007, and each pair has to meet what they call their “picky standards.” They’ll walk you through every step of the bootmaking process to make sure you end up with a pair you’ll love which they’ll be proud they made.
3. Texas National Outfitters
Apparently, South Congress is the epicenter of cowboy boots. Here’s yet another SoCo purveyor of fine boots. Texas National Outfitters started in the Houston area, but we won’t hold that against them. They sell much more than boots. Their other products made by more than 50 Texas artisans will make your closet shout your pride for the Lone Star State!
4. Texas Custom Boots
Sure, Texas Custom Boots can make you a top notch pair of cowboy boots. But that isn’t the end of their expertise. They can also repair your boots — and other leather goods. Plus, they can make custom leather goods like belts, bracelets, handbags, gun holsters, rifle scabbards and much more. So even if you’re not in the market for a pair of boots, they can still fix you up with some high quality custom leather products. But you’ll probably want the boots, too.
5. Texas Boot Company
Out in Bastrop, Texas Boot Company has a family history to back this relatively new western wear store. Though they only opened in 2010, Marc and Shelly Conselman continue a long tradition in Marc’s family’s trade. His grandfather opened a western wear store in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1965. So Marc’s no newbie at this. So if you want to step into the slow pace of a small town, make your way out to Bastrop, and let Marc design your next pair of boots.
6. Room Service Vintage
Maybe you don’t want to design your own boots. Perhaps you want to dig back into the past to put a modern spin on an old piece of clothing. Room Service Vintage is a great vintage clothing store, and one of the things that sets them apart is their consistently good selection of cowboy boots. Drop by and see which pair of boots begs you to take them home.