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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.

Surprise!

New boot design for someone who was wise (or unwise) enough to say, “I don’t know… do what you want.”

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Surprise!

Surprise! There are two pairs of these shoes! I couldn’t decide if I wanted the design to be stitched on the smooth side or the fuzzy side of the leather so I’m making a pair of each. Which one do … Continue reading

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Shoe preview

These are only draped over the last. I’ll last them properly tomorrow but I was eager to share! P.S. See… I can do subtle!

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RBG

I started making these shoes when Ruth Bader Ginsberg died and it’s taken me this long to finish them. On the outside of the shoes are the words “DISSENT” and “RESIST.” The insides say “nevertheless she persisted” and “when there … Continue reading

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More shoes!

My friend and fellow boot maker Valerie Coe came out to Oklahoma and we made her a pair of shoes! In the photo where she’s wearing the shoes, if you look closely, you can see that she tried them on … Continue reading

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“Satan Is Real”

I think I forgot to post photos of the Louvin Brothers shoes after I finished them! All work is done with leather inlay, overlay, and stitching — there’s no painting.

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Heart of Texas show

I’m at the Heart of Texas Leather Show in Waco, Texas. I’m pleased with how my booth looks!

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Art ideas

This is the art piece I’ve had in my head for months; it feels good to get it out. It will be one of the most complex projects I’ve tried so I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes. I … Continue reading

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Surprise!

The whole time I was making the Fender tweed shoes, I was keeping a secret: I put the new owner’s name on the outside of the left shoe. I wanted to surprise him which meant I couldn’t post pictures that … Continue reading

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Shoemaking Tools

New YouTube video on using Crimp Screws Shoemaking Tools

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