Men's Western Boot Repair
in Austin, Texas
Men's Western Boot Repair by Austin Shoe Hospital
Ropers. Riders. Cowboy Boots.
Boot Repair You Can Hang Your Hat On.
It doesn’t matter if your boots are for the ranch or for the office. Once you find that perfect pair and break them in, you never want to let them go—and you don’t have to.
Austin Shoe Hospital knows boots. We’re from Texas, after all!
We’ll meticulously repair any leather or exotic skin western boots as if they were our very own, from toes to tops.
"Repairs are our passion. We fix all brands, all styles, all shapes, and all colors. If you can wear it, we can repair it!"
Circle G by Corral
Reba by Justin
The Anatomy of a Western Boot
When we approach a shoe or boot repair project, at Austin Shoe Hospital we focus on structural preservation. There are 5 primary areas of concern when we evaluate any damage:
The Upper is the top of the boot.
The shoe Insole is the part your foot actually sits on.
The Welt or Midsole lies in between the sole and the upper. This is a critical component that is stitched or glued directly to the upper and serves as the foundation for the sole to attach to.
The Heel Base lies in between the heel cap and the sole. Similar to the welt, the heel base is attached directly to the sole and serves as the foundation for the heel caps to attach to.
The Sole and Heel Cap are the components of the boot that make contact with the ground and give you the traction and support you need while walking. The majority of your wear and tear occurs here, and basic repairs can be maintained. However, if you wait too long wear through these layers, you risk damaging the welt, insole and/or upper, which will result in more extensive repair needs.
Western Boot Sole and Heel Repair
Our skillful cobblers at Austin Shoe Hospital can repair or completely recraft your western boots. First, we carefully remove the old soles and heels. By meticulously removing your original soles, we strive to maintain the shape and feel of the perfect fit you’ve created over time.
Next, we’ll closely inspect the welt and stich pick and replace if needed. If the welt is replaced due to wear, we’ll skillfully trim to shape the new welt as close to the original as possible.
While the soles are still off the boot, we recork the footbed, wet the insole, and perfectly fit our U.S.A. Super Prime leather to your western boot. Then, we trim the sole and repeg your shanks, finally adding clinching nails to ensure a perfect fit.
To fit the new heel, we work hard to maintain the original base which is incredibly important to retaining a great feel and fit.
Washer heels are hand-nailed to provide optimal cohesion. Next, the heels, soles, and welts are carefully trimmed and finished.
Finally, we match the edges of your new recrafted soles and heels to what the original bootmaker chose when designing and crafting your boots.
Now all you have to do is slip those “new” boots back on your feet and you’re off!
Western Boot Pegging
Pegs are used to attach the sole to the rest of the boot. When done properly, pegging maintains the boot’s integrity and allows for continued sole changes over the lifetime of the boot.
When necessary, we can re-peg the shanks of your boot if they’ve been worn down, making sure your boots can last for a lifetime.
Boot Shine, Cleaning & Refinishing
We can beautifully shine, clean, and/or completely refinish your western boot uppers whether they're leather, suede, nubuck, or any other fine finish at Austin Shoe Hospital.
Boot Shine: A boot shine consists of first cleaning off all the dirt, grime, and old polish, and then deep conditioning the leather until its buttery soft. Next, we hand rub a wax or cream polish to provide stain and color, and last, we buff the shoe to bring out the highest shine possible. The friction and heat we produce with rigorous buffing activates the boot polish and produces a gorgeous sheen that makes your boots look fresh and new.
Deep Clean & Refinish: If you want your boots to look like the day you picked them off the shelves (or likewise, if they are made of suede, nubuck or fabric and can’t be “shined”), you’ll want what’s called a Deep Clean & Refinish.
At the time new shoes and boots are manufactured, they receive a special custom finish that is applied at the very end of the process. This provides a beautiful long-term coating. When our cobblers complete a refinish on your shoes, we reapply the same gorgeous finish the shoe or boot had when it was made new.
For a full refinish, we first deep clean to remove any stains. Next, we’ll generously condition the shoe leather with pure lanolin (when needed), and then apply permanent color over worn and damaged areas. Lastly, we put on a new-boot custom topcoat.
Suede and nubuck must be dry cleaned or finely sanded when cleaning to ensure dirt and stains can be removed. By using special suede-cleaning stones or our delicate sand-blasting booth, we remove the stains gently without harming the suede or nubuck. After cleaning, the suede or nubuck is lightly brushed and waterproofed for longer protection.
Voila! Your shoes are like-new, and this process outlasts a regular shoe shine up to 10 times.
Exotic Skin Care for Western Boots
Have alligator, caiman, snake, lizard, ostrich, shark, fish, bison, or stingray skin boots? Bring it on.
We’ve seen dozens of exotic skin boots over the years at Austin Shoe Hospital, and we repair them all. Our cobblers can repair, clean, refinish, condition, and add a beautiful high finish to maintain your boots strikingly unique look.
Western Boot Custom Repairs
Our Austin Shoe Hospital cobblers can also provide a myriad of custom repair work for any damage that you have one your favorite boots. Here's just a glimpse of some of the things we can do:
- Pull straps and loops
- Custom stitching / rips / tears / patchwork
- Zipper repair
- Elastic repair
- Hardware (e.g. rivets, buckles, hooks, rings, etc)
- Toe and Heel plates
- And so much more...
Western Boot Stretching
Our cobblers can provide stretching if your boots feel too tight.
Leather items can be stretched up to ½ size and are stretched in the width, which helps with length as it allows the toe portion of the foot to spread out, relieving pressure.
My Dog Ate My Boots!
So your dog thinks those amazing boots are chew toys, does he? Don’t panic!
You’d be surprised how often we see boots that have been chewed up by dogs at Austin Shoe Hospital. Let us take a look.
9 times out of 10 we can fix them right up. No need to be upset at Max for long.
Austin Shoe Hospital
Western Boot Repair & Services Re-Cap:
- Sole and Heel Repair
- Boot Pegging
- Exotic Skin Care
- Custom Repairs
- Dog & Puppy Damage Repair
We look forward to meeting your favorites and getting them fixed up and back out to you to enjoy!