Crimping vamps, 1

Crimping vamps, 1

Today I’m crimping a pair of navy alligator vamps. Here I’m beginning to stretch them over the crimping boards.

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I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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4 Responses to Crimping vamps, 1

  1. Robert Murray says:


    It was good to see and visit with you and Dale in Wichita Falls. In this picture of you crimping the blue alligator, it appears you are crimping it flesh side out and there is some cream cow in between. Is this correct? If so is the cream cow to protect the alligator or is it actually your vamp liner and you crimp them together? Thank you!



    • customboots says:

      Yes, I crimp both the vamp and the vamp lining together. The grain side of the lining goes against the board and the grain side of the vamp goes next to the lining. That way if I have any wrinkles in the vamp I can smooth them out without worrying about scarring the leather.

      I’ve been crimping this way for almost 20 years without any problems.


  2. Westley says:

    What is all that powdery residue? What purpose does it serve?

  3. customboots says:

    It’s baby powder–talc, not cornstarch. Since I’m working with two layers of leather and they’re wet, they would tend to stick together. The baby powder keeps them from sticking together and allows them to slide against each other.


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