HOUSTON, Texas – It’s Rodeo time! So, go grab your boots Cowboys and Cowgirls, and get ready for the ride.
“Cowboy boots… that’s like a basic here in Texas,” says Rocky Carroll, owner of RJ’s Boot Company in Houston. “Because in Texas everybody wears boots.”
And we should pay attention to what he’s saying. Because the man is a legend.
“My dad had RJ’s Model Boots Shop on 19th street since 1938. I was raised in the boots shop business. I made my first pair of shoes when I was six years old.”
His love affair with Western wear and Texas’ heritage began long ago, and ever since, Mr. Carroll’s got some new clients.
“I’ve done boots for Governor Perry. I did boots for George W., for Bush 41, for President Clinton, President Carter, President Reagan and President Obama. I do all their boots and I never charge the presidents.”
On the outside, the small shop looks like a saloon out of the Wild West. On the inside, with boots all over, it feels like the heart of Texas.
“All our boots are leather: inside and out,” Carroll explains. “I use only American leather, nothing else. Except the skins that come out of different countries.”
In case you were wondering, prices start at $500. “I made boots for Elizabeth Taylor with nine carats of diamonds. They were $40,000 boots.”
We doubt we can use a pair of those for herding cattle, but one thing about boots is for sure:
Carroll says, “They’re very comfortable. As long as you get a pair that fits you right… if you’re wearing tennis shoes you will probably throw those shoes away and start wearing boots. Your feet never hurt you.”
You can bet your boots they’re just what you need to ride off into the sunset.