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Handmade Leather Star Boots Featuring Quality and Style


The expert craftsmanship that's put into our handmade Star Boots is evident in their durability and stylish designs. From riding boots for motorcyclists to zippered dress boots for men, Southpaw Beadworks provides an excellent selection for those with an eye for quality and fashion. Featuring exotic skins and fine leathers, Star Boots has been constructing uniquely designed leather boots for men and women, etching their place as one of the best boot makers in the country for decades.


Get yourself a pair of leather boots that you can wear for years at SouthpawBeadworks.com!


About Star Boots

Star Boots is a quality maker of Handmade Western, Motorcycle and Dress Boots. We use Exotic Skins and Fine Leathers. Star Boots are constructed using cutting edge handmade styling combined with centuries old craftsmanship resulting in the finest boots available. Established in 1974 Star Boots uses the finest quality leathers and exotic skins from around the globe hand picked by our expert buyers. The construction of our Cowboy Boots is among the best in the industry. We use 3/4 inch welts that are double row lemonwood pegged, cowhide lined and we use all genuine leather piping. Our styling is specifically targeted toward those who want the most unique and outrageous fashion boots available with fancy stitching or even skulls and crossbones with inlays. We also make basic Cowboy styles; Pull-on Boots and Hand Tooled Boots for both men and women to enjoy. Our fit is unparalleled. Once you wear a pair of our boots you won't want to wear anything else!

Most of our styles are in stock and ready for delivery.

If you're tired of the same old styles, we welcome you to Star boots. We promise you won't be disappointed!


Boot Fit Guide


There are three major aspects to the proper fit of a western boot. These are: 

NO PRESSURE: 
Each boot has an area in the front called a 'toe box'. Underneath the leather within this toe box is a resin soaked, fiberglass like piece of cloth which has been hardened so the boot will keep its shape. This area will never stretch! Therefore, it's important that you are able to wiggle your toes. They shouldn't be pressured by the front of the toe box, the top of the toe box, or the sides of the toe boot. 

FIRM HANDSHAKE: 
The boot should hold the ball and instep of your foot much like a firm handshake. Since this is the only part of the boot which holds it onto your foot, it's quite important that this area be snug. The boot should not be so tight that there is pain or discomfort, but this part of the boot will stretch with use (except for some exotic skins), so a snug fit here is important. 

HEEL SLIPPAGE: 
As you walk in new boots, the heel of your foot MUST rise up away from the sole of the boot just a little bit. We describe it as a finger's width of rise. If your heel is rising up more than an inch the boot is either too long or too wide. Some rise is normal, and will diminish as the boots break in. This happens because the sole of the boot is very stiff, and doesn't flex quickly. As you wear them and the boot molds to your foot, this slippage won't be as noticeable. 

OTHER THOUGHTS: 
Your foot should not slip into a new boot easily. A properly fitted pair of boots will require some effort to pull on. Ideally, there is a hesitation, and then a THUD as your foot falls into the boot. Also, your feet are not 100% symmetrical. One is larger than the other, or longer, or wider, or has a different instep height. Regardless, one foot will slip a bit more in the heel than the other. This is natural. You are better served by fitting the larger foot, as extra room in one could be taken up by an orthotic, an inner sole, an extra sock or a thicker sock. However, if a boot is too tight there is very little that can be done. Actually, if it's too tight in the toe box, then nothing can be done except to exchange them for a longer size.

TRIAD STYLE:
When ordering a boot that is described as "Triad Style" you should order one half size larger than your regular boot size.


Boot Materials


COWHIDE LEATHER:

Cowhide leather is a popular choice for cowboy boots. It is durable, looks good and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Cowhide leather is also used on hand tooled boots. 

PYTHON SKIN:

Python skin boots have a very unique pattern. A back cut python boot has the larger scales that are on the snakes belly. A belly cut python boot has the smaller scales that are on the snakes back and form unique patterns. Python skin bots are soft and break in really easy! 

STINGRAY LEATHER:

Stingray leather is known for its beautiful pebbly finish and its durability. Stingrays are fished for food off the cost of Thailand. They are a non-endangered species. Stingray skins are available in various colors and patterns. Stingray skins can also be sanded, which makes them very smooth and gives them an even more luminous appearance! 

OSTRICH LEATHER:

Ostrich is a leather known for its softness, flexibility and durability. Ostrich is available in two types: The full quill which has the bumps and the leg which has its own distinct pattern. Ostrich is one of the most desired exotic skins in cowboy boots! 

CROCODILE LEATHER:

Crocodile leather is set apart as the premium exotic skin used on cowboy boots. Although it is well known crocodile is still relatively rare which helps keep its appeal. Crocodile is available in two cuts, belly and hornback. The belly cut has a more regal appearance of the two. Crocodile is one of the premium leathers and is growing in demand. 

TEJU LIZARD LEATHER:

Teju Lizard leather is one of the most desirable exotic skin cowboy boots. With its pronounced pattern lizard is instantly recognizable. The belly of the lizard is usually used due to the richer feel. Teju lizard is available in a variety of colors! 

BUFFALO CALF:

Buffalo Calf is made from the hides of young water buffalo. Buffalo calf is smooth, fine grained and soft. It has fewer scars and blemishes which adds value to this type of leather. It takes and holds a high luster and shine. This is a splendid leather for cowboy boots. 

SUEDED BUFFALO:

Sueded Buffalo is made from hides of adult water buffalo. It is heavy, but soft. It is as durable as a cow but has a more unique pattern. Water buffalo is being used more and more on cowboy boots.