25 Top Custom Bootmakers

Joe Nick Patoski's 25 top custom bootmakers as featured in the article "Alive and Kicking."


James Leddy Boots
1602 N. Treadaway Boulevard

The nephew of boot king M. L. Leddy is now royalty himself, and he runs a real family business: He does the cutting, his wife and daughter do the stitching, his son-in-law does bottoms, and his former daughter-in-law creates the prettiest inlays anywhere. Specializes in: Flowery tops, old-fashioned crimped vamps, zipper tops, sharp pointed toes. Prices start at: $625. Turnaround time: Three to four months. Has made boots


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