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Are these the world’s finest western leather boots?

Molly McKinney goes inside the shop where Mercedes Boot Company creates some of the world’s finest western leather boots

In Ben Wheeler, Texas,  Molly McKinney goes inside the shop where Mercedes Boot Company creates the world’s finest western leather boots…and tries not to get too sticker shocked at the price!

Mercedes Boot Company makes some of the finest Western leather boots in the country and world. Located in Ben Wheeler, Texas, they specialize in making custom boots. In other words, a last (a form to shape the shoe on) is made from the exact measurements of your foot so that they fit perfectly and are comfortable. These guys know what they’re doing — they’ve been making legendary custom fitted boots since 1975.

According to the company’s president, Derby Farr, the design and time factors are what make these boots better than any other maker. “We spend a lot of time with the customer, finding out exactly what they want,” she says. The boots can have anything on them: from the toe to the heel, to how tall they are, to the colors, designs and letters, you can really personalize these boots to show whoever you are.

The process of creating your personal boots usually takes around two weeks, but it depends on how specific a request. If there’s a lot more detail to be added to the pair, sometimes it may take a lot longer.

Because there is so much effort and work to be put into the custom boots, they aren’t exactly cheap. Their handmade cowboy boots are made to measure with your choice of leather, style, design and may be embellished with brands, initials, logos or any custom design. The tradeoff is that the boots start at a price of $1295 and go up from there.