A Chat With Custom Cowboy Boot Maker Lee Miller
Posted on February 4, 2012The Wall Street Journal chats with Lee Miller, widely considered one of the best cowboy boot makers in the world. Miller's boot start at around $1,000 and go up to $8,500 a pair. He works out of his shop in Austin, Texas, called Texas Traditions which makes all kinds of boots -- from simple to ornate. Customers' feet are measured and the boots and made to fit perfectly. Miller learned his craft from the legendary bootmaker Charlie Dunn. Miller says the craft has been passed down through the generations and that the customer's comfort is his top priority. Fitting the foot correctly is the most difficult part of making cowboy boots that will last a lifetime.
Miller has made boots for Sting, Arnold Palmer, Lyle Lovett and many other celebrities. He is booked so far in advance it can take three years to get a pair if you are a new customer (old customers wait just over a year for a new pair). Take a look: