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About customboots

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 www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.

Stitching is where it’s at

The cowboy boot top on the bottom has been completely stitched; the top one is only partially stitched. Please notice the importance of stitching for leather inlay and overlay. All of the tiny details and any hint of movement or … Continue reading

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I have magic

The big gold dot turned into a planet.

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Lasting

I put these beauties on the lasts yesterday.

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Sunset in leather

Because you can’t blend or fade one color into another with leather inlay/overlay, I decided to attempt a color fade with stitching. The sun is orange and the band next to it is yellow, so I’ve covered the yellow with … Continue reading

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Bone Ostrich

Wingtips and countertips for a future project. Wish me luck–so far I have successfully avoided doing a boot with a White or Bone foot.

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Side seamed and ready to last

I have a pair of boots side-seamed and ready to go on the last. I always choose the last before I cut paper, much less leather, but typically I fit the last immediately too. I’m a little behind on that … Continue reading

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Process

I’m through with all the pattern pieces for “The Little Prince” boot tops and getting ready to put them away. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of the way I create a pattern, as well as the sweet little … Continue reading

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Tiny bit of progress

After an entire week of computer work, I made it back into my studio at 4:40 on Friday and got to work on these tops for a few minutes. As always, I am not pleased with the way they look … Continue reading

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New shoes

I finally decided to wear my new shoes. They’re comfortable, they feel like cowboy boots, and no one else in the whole world has a pair like them. 

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Faces and expressions

One of the most difficult things to do in leather inlay/overlay is faces and achieving a suitable expression is particularly challenging, especially in the smaller ranges. This little prince has a long way to go before he’s done but I’m … Continue reading

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