ML Leddy is a unique boot store located in San Angelo, Texas. They aren’t like any other boot store. They make boots by hand, the old fashioned way and probably it is the best way. This part of Texas has lots of ranches and lots of cowboys. It isn’t unusual to see a cowboy at the local Walmart in his boots, spurs and chaps. You can hear him walking down the aisle with the clink, clink of his spurs. You can smell him coming a mile away because needless to say, he smells like his horse but then I guess all cowboys do.
This is the sign they have hanging inside the area where the boots are made. It truly is a handmade Texas legend. ML Leddy started his boot making back in 1922. Boots have been made here for presidents, rock stars, and everyday cowboys. All boots that have been made are recorded in their history book.
Beverly Allen, the granddaughter of ML Leddy, showed us around the boot shop and told us all about how they made boots. I saw this pair of cactus boots and just had to get a picture of them. This pair was in the shop for repair. They were getting re-soled. Each boot is custom fitted to the customer. The design put on the outside of the boot is also custom designed. She picked up another boot and said, “Oh, this boot was won by this cowboy at a rodeo.” Etched on the outside of the boot was the rodeo and year. Each boot has a story to tell about the owner. I looked at another boot that had a purple horned toad on it and yet another one with an orange longhorn. If only these boots could talk, what stories would they tell?
These are the forms used in making the boots. The leather is fitted around the forms. The table in front of the forms displays some of the tools used to make the boots.
This is where the toe builder sits. He has been building the toes of boots for 38 years. Nine boots are completed a day. It takes 10-12 months for a boot to be completed.
They also make custom made saddles. The saddle shop is located in the stockyards in Ft. Worth, Texas. It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 years for a saddle to be finished. Someone (hmmm….I wonder who?) commissioned ML Leddy to make 2 saddles for the 2 teams playing in Cowboy Stadium for the Super Bowl last year. Beverly Allen said Dan Rooney, owner of the Steelers, called them up himself to say it was the best gift he had ever gotten.
Talk about a custom made saddle, this one has a built in radio!! You can see it under the horn of the saddle. This particular saddle was made back in the 1940’s. Just look at the design on the saddle and it is all handmade!
So if you ever happen to be in San Angelo, stop by ML Leddy and take a look at their boots. You will get to see a very unique part of west Texas. It is the kind of legends that Texas is made of!!
Here is their website: ML Leddy’s