Who We Are
James Leddy began a tradition of building custom boots with an attention to detail that other boot-makers can’t match. He loved making boots. That legacy continues even after Leddy’s death in 2003, and is found in every pair of boots we make at James Leddy Boots in Abilene. We don’t just make boots, we LOVE making boots.
Each boot requires a minimum of 14+ man hours of labor to craft from start to finish. Every step is performed by hand, with only the occasional assistance from machines. Customers from all over Texas, the U.S., and other parts of the world have sent in their designs that have been turned into one-of-a-kind pieces of footwear.
These boots are not one-size-fits-all, either. We measure each customer’s foot individually and craft the in-sole specifically to that person’s foot shape. This allows for maximum comfort, even for people who swear they can’t wear cowboy boots.
RICH HISTORY AND CUSTOM CRAFTSMANSHIP
Al and Deborah Dos Santos, the owners of James Leddy Boots, are more than happy to provide you a tour, and will gladly share some of the heritage that permeates the air, almost as much as the rich smell of leather in the shop does. Receipts of purchases dating back to the 1930s still reside in hard-bound record books, some of which also contain names of celebrities that have ordered custom boots in the past. James Leddy made these boots from 1937 to 2003, and in 2008 Al and Deborah bought Leddy’s and continue the tradition that began decades ago.
Leather, crocodile, cayman, elephant, ostrich…….each material has its own unique look and feel. Couple that with the myriad of heel styles and toe styles, and the options for creating your custom boots seem limitless. However, with the expert advice that we provide, the process is less daunting.
It’s not just cowboy boots that can be crafted, though. Work boots are a popular item to customize to your feet, providing comfort when standing or working for extended periods of time. Leddy’s special “Al’s Safari Walking Boot” is a custom design that is a perfect all-around piece of footwear.
Our Bootmaker | Al Dos Santos
Stitching. The chosen material is stretched and hammered into the mold of the boot. This step ensures a smooth finish across the boot.
Lasting. After the material is stitched, any extra material is trimmed away and the boot is treated in a process that prevents any undesired stretching or shrinkage.
In-seaming. The chosen material is stitched into a groove in the sole of the boot. This is a two-fold benefit, both ensuring the smooth material, and the permanence of the stitching.
Trimming and Grinding the Toe. This process smooths out the rough edges in the toe and removes any other imperfections in the toe material. Following this, the boot is ready for attaching the chosen material.
Stacking the Heel. The heel material is stacked and attached to each boot individually to the perfect height.
The Finished Product. The final product after the process reflects the amount of craftsmanship and refinement that goes into every pair of boots produced at James Leddy Boots.
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1602 N Treadaway Blvd
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 677 7811