Making A Handcrafted Boot
Handmade In Over 200 Steps
It takes an entire team of artisans to make a single boot by hand. See a handful of the steps required to build a Tecovas boot, in action below.
The Bootmaking Process
Before the front and back quarters are hand-sewn together to make the shaft, strings are delicately hand-stitched into the shaft leather to form cording patterns.
The Vamp And Counter
The leather heel counter, which will mold to the heel to hold the foot in place, is hand-sewn to the vamp, a supple piece of leather that comprises the rest of the foot.
The last is a mold we make in the shape of a foot, true to U.S. sizes. It is the foundational component to a boot, as it defines the shape and fit. Once the shaft, vamp, and counter are sewn together, the leather is placed by hand on the last and secured by bootmakers using top of the line equipment.
THE GOODYEAR WELT
The Goodyear welt method was invented in 1869. The welt is a strip of leather that runs along the outsole, attaching the upper and outsole together. A Goodyear welt is the method preferred by luxury shoemakers since the 19th century as it allows the boot to be re-soled indefinitely by cobblers and protects the foot from the elements.
Malleable wooden pegs are driven into the middle of the sole by hand and hammer, attaching the insole and outsole together.
To get tonal highs and lows, our boots are painted, burnished, polished and cleaned by hand before being carefully inspected and approved for boxing.
After inspection, our boots are wrapped for protection and placed in double-walled custom corrugate suitcase boxes and sent on their way to our U.S. warehouse.
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