Where is best place (best selection & prices) to buy cowboy boots for both adults and kids in San Antonio? See Cavander's Boot City and Boot Barn show up in my online searches. Any recommendations? Thank you.
I've always been pretty happy with Cavender's deals and selection. For all I know Boot Barn may be okay, too, but those are the two big boot retailers there. More important is stick to the top-tier brands, which are Tony Lama, Justin, Tony Lama, Tony Lama and maybe Lucchese and Nocona. Forget Laredo, Dan Post, and Frye. They're distinctly inferior. Truth be told, none of them are what they once were. The old top brands have all been absorbed by giant parent companies and are mostly made in Mexico. Lucchese is a sad case. I have a pair of old mahogany goat hide Lucchese's probably 50 years old. I've lost count of how many soles they've had. Of course, if you'll only wear them once a year, you won't care too much, except that you'll know.
When I want boots, I buy vintage off eBay, so I get boots made in the U.S. in the original plants when they were independent makers. Of course, if you have the wherewithall and are willing to wait, you go by Little's. It's not a bad first stop, anyway, so you see what good boots are. http://www.littlesboots.com/
If today I wanted a brand new pair of boots in San Antonio without spending four figures on true custom, I'd look into Olathe. I haven't worn the new ones, but i have some old ones from when they were still made in Kansas. (They're now in Mercedes, Texas.) If you should happen on any, consider them. They're real good boots. This shop sells Olathe. http://www.shiplerboots.com/index.html
They also sell Hondo, which I don't know much about. Since they don't say otherwise, I'm going to say they're Mexican, but at least they say steel shanks and all leather, and cheapos often have plastic shanks and soles stuffed with paper. Anyway, this guy's a repairman, so he's been inside every brand of boot made. Good guy to ask about brands.Edited: 10 February 2018, 23:31
For ladies, I’m a big fan of Old Gringo. Their boots have beautiful design and style!Edited: 11 February 2018, 02:03
Thank you everyone for the terrific recommendations. I think you've given me quite a bit to work with here. Greatly appreciated!
If you're heading to Boot Barn (or Sheplers as I still call it) or Cavenders make sure you pick up one of their discount flyers from the rack in your hotel or join their on line mailing list for a discount on purchase.
My favorite boots are Lucchese....feel amazing!