From November 2022
Every Texan should have a pair of cowboy boots in their closets. You never know when you’ll need to kick a fence or dust at a rodeo dance hall, or even just kick up your heels on a Saturday night. And sure, Fort Worth might be the cowboy capital, with a bounty of iconic boot shops, but here in Dallas we’ve seen scores of cosmopolitan cowboys, too. And there are plenty of stores ready to outfit them. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots across North Texas, from the Fort Worth Stockyards to Highland Park Village, to find your next pair of cowboy boots.
For the Tenderfoot
Your first rodeo, huh? If you don’t know where to start, check out one of these tried-and-true classics with a boot for every budget.
Lovers of leather aromas and listeners of Y2Kountry radio are guaranteed a good time at this western-wear stalwart. You’ll find boots of every flavor: patriotic, exotic, embossed, embroidered, rubber-soled, snip-toed—even wedding white. Multiple locations
Top brands: Anderson Bean, Ariat, Corral, Justin
For a half-step up from Cavender’s, head here. Boot Barn’s got higher ceilings, a broader selection, and some options that extend farther up the leg than you might’ve ever seen. Multiple locations
Top brands: Cleo + Wolf, Dingo, Old Gringo, Shyanne
For more than half a century, Wild Bill’s has been the one-stop downtown shop for fashionable footwear, fringe suede jackets, V-necks with the Dallas skyline in sequins, and cowboy Santa ornaments. If bling is your thing, the boots here won’t disappoint. 311 N. Market St., Ste. 101
Top brands: Corral, Dan Post, Lagarto, Lane
For the Two-stepper
These stores are better if you’re at home on a wooden dance floor and have a bigger budget. Plus, these boots are built to last.
Unlike the big-box shops, this Austin-based brand takes a minimalist approach, offering a limited collection of mid-level-priced boots in classic cuts and colors. There are more options for men here but still a solid selection for women. 3010 N. Henderson Ave.
Designed in Dallas, these boots are handmade in León, Mexico, where the first pairs of cowboy boots were built for vaqueros in the 1700s. An online-only store keeps costs down; timeless styles and quality leathers keep these boots in your closet.
NorthPark’s luxe log cabin is home to a wide variety of fine country clothing. A small selection of high-end boots is kept at the back, making browsing a breeze. 8687 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 2184
Top brands: Lucchese, Old Gringo, Rios of Mercedes, Stallion
For the Rodeo Queen
Your nails are done, and your hair is teased. All you need is the perfect pair of top-shelf shoes. Look no further than these Dallas shops to find the boots of your dreams.
The sisters behind Miron Crosby combined their love for their family’s West Texas cattle ranch with their fashion sense from living in New York City and made a boot that brought together the best of both worlds. All of their boots are handmade in Texas and can be customized to your heart’s content. 25 Highland Park Village, Ste. 201
Sorry, guys, this spot’s only for the ladies. City Boots’ shoes are designed to flatter the female leg and are offered in sophisticated and fun colors and patterns. For an added touch, elevate your look with made-to-order bootstraps. 3009 Commerce St.; 3612 W. Vickery Blvd.
Founded in San Antonio in 1883 by a Sicilian shoemaker, this brand sets the standard, so say it right: “loo-kay-zee.” Walking into the Design District shop feels like entering the home office of an oil baron, which feels about
right for the level of quality (and cost). Multiple locations
Known for its build-your-own-hat bars, Flea Style has also recently introduced boot bars, where shoppers can craft bespoke boots with plenty of customization options. The early bird gets the boot: we found vintage options up for grabs at the Galleria location and a pair of City Boots at the shop in Deep Ellum. 3009 Commerce St.; 6765 Winning Dr., Ste. 830, Frisco; 128 E. Exchange Ave., Ste. 580, Fort Worth
For the City Slicker
Want to try on the cowboy life without breaking in your own boots? At these shops, you can find great deals on vintage kicks that make you look like you just stepped out of the saddle.
Dolly Python is perhaps best known for its abundance of vintage garb and decor. But its sizeable supply of broken-in boots should not be ignored. When you enter the Haskell location, there’s a bookshelf-lined wall immediately to your left stacked with rows and rows of reasonably priced leather boots. 1916 N. Haskell Ave.; 315 N. Bishop Ave.
It’s a bit of a scavenger hunt here, but if you look hard enough, you just might find a fine pair of genuine leather or snakeskin boots for as low as $50. A hint for Design District shoppers: mosey your way to the back corner. 1982 Fort Worth Ave.; 1010 N. Riverfront Blvd.
For the Long Hauler
A short trip goes a long way when it comes to finding the right pair of boots. Head west to Cowtown and grab some off the shelves or stay a while and design a custom pair.
Owner Steven Parker makes every pair of boots here by hand. Meet him in the shop, tell him what you want, get your measurements taken, and months later, you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind set of kicks. 2006 Montgomery St. Fort Worth
For a traditionally Texan boot-buying experience, head to M.L. Leddy’s, a fourth-generation mom-and-pop shop that has mastered the art of boot making in its 100 years of business. 2455 N Main St. Fort Worth
Full custom, semi-custom, and off-the-shelf stock boots, as well as a variety of art, décor, and ranch gear, all can be found right here in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. 2060 Montgomery St. Fort Worth