I think by now you all have a good idea of who I am and what I am doing at Paul Bond Custom Boots, but now I'd like to change up the topic of conversation. My goal is to address all those sticky wickets of the custom made boots ordering process. I know this process can be overwhelming so whether you are struggling with leather decisions or handmade cowboy boot styles, or even wait time or price, I am here to help.
To begin this series, I want to start with the most common question I get; what is the best leather for me?
If you were to ask Paul this question, he would always respond with.. "How do you intend to use these boots?" I am going to take that question a few steps further and break it down into three simple pieces:
When thinking about occasion, think about the objective of your handmade cowboy boots. How will you use them most? If the answer to that question is to work, we need to put you in a highly durable and scuff resistant leather such as french waxed calf, elephant, bull shoulder, bison, or shark (difficult to source at the moment).
Our most popular is french waxed calf, illustrated in our working cowboy boot, but in high demand lately has been the wide variety of elephant on the market these days.
Dave, thank you for your feedback. It means a lot to us know we are helping our customers with the vast world of custom boots! We are appreciate your business and support – please let me know if there is any topic you are particularly interested in, I would love to explore it.
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Hi Stu – thank you for your comment! I think you will find my second post in this series very help. In it, I discuss bull hide, a durable leather that takes a great shine. It is also available in quite a few colors. Click here to read more: http://www.paulbondboots.com/blogs/alexs-blog/38145219-the-language-of-leather-part-2
We are so excited to hear you are planning a road trip, we can’t wait to work with you! In terms of planning, just give us a call when you plan to come in. While you are here we can give you a tour of the shop where you will see our craftsmen building each of our boots by hand. Then we can show you our wide variety of leather to choose from – essentially we will get to work with you to build your boot from the ground up! Talk to you soon Stu!
Very helpful, informative article. I’ve been ordering PBB for many years, and have appreciated the “informal” guidance that I received from Paul, and later from office responders. Your organized approach to the topic of leathers is helpful in focusing one’s thinking. A good comment from Kevin above as well. I look forward to your future articles.
I like a tough workboot, but one I can clean up and step out in. I also like one that is dark brown with black in it that can be worn with both color clothes. Am putting together a road trip to PBB to put this deal in motion. Could you show me what I need to make it happen? Namely, I need to see the color of leather that I like, with the kind of leather that will look good and hold up. Thanks, Stu from Walsenburg Co
Kevin, that is a great point. Many people take that route especially when they know they are looking to purchase more than one pair. Thank you for your comment!
Great article. With so many leathers it can be overwhelming to decide what to order. When I order a pair from someone new I try to stay pretty basic until I know the fit is how I want it. After that then I feel better about going with an exotic or fancy tops.