We've 'outfitted' senior executive from around the world with pairs of handmade custom boots —with delightful results—it turns out most of our customers have always dreamt of having their own pair of custom-designed boots, but never found the right people to realize their dream. We partner with our Corporate clients to create custom boots as an advancement reward, end of the year bonus or just as a bespoke note of thanks for a job well done. We work with our design team and your staff to ensure the perfect fit of every pair of hand made boots we sell. Logos, initials, corporate symbols—sure. But let your imagination go—how about a pair dyed to match your corporate colors. Place your executives in the well-heeled company of film directors, music stars and other legendary figures with a pair of one-of-a-kind custom-designed Back at the Ranch cowboy boots.
1. When did you first fall in love with cowboy boots?
WH: [I fell in love with them] as a teenager. I’ve always [been infatuated] with the West. Cowboy boots can be euphoric. Patsy Cline has been a cowgirl idol of mine — I even named my dog Patsy Cline. But my true cowboy idol is my husband, Cowden, who’s from Dallas.
2. How have you left your stamp on such a male-dominated industry?
WH: As a retailer, I saw what was missing in the industry. You don’t find boot makers sitting around and reading fashion magazines. I live fashion and wear the [latest trends]. For example, I found that women couldn’t put skinny jeans over their boots. So I did a zippered short boot that fits under skinny jeans. It’s tapered at the top and hugs the ankle, with the back zipper making it easy to slip on and off.
3. What are the major influences of your designs?
WH: I’ve been inspired by [everything from] rodeo queens to Ralph Lauren. I’m very visual and love fabrics and textures. I’ve created new styles from nail polish colors and perfume bottles. The hand-tooling I use has a Victorian influence. I was one of the first to embellish with crystals, and lug-sole boots is my latest trend. I have a vintage collection on display in the store that’s frequently used for inspiration for new designs.
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