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ing on the new pair for the first time.
entered a pair of his boots in a conwant to ask him."
Then he left on a lengthy motorcycle
test. It marked the first time boots
That's especially true when one of
trip with no other footwear.
with the JP's logo were ever judged.
the vintage machines breaks down.
There's no end to the options Joey
This pair won first place in the dress
Joey is just one of a handful in
can add to a pair of boots, though all
boot category.
the U.S. who earn a living providing
will have the same quality workmanWhile he appreciates the honor,
custom, handmade boots that mirror
ship from the heel to the tabs that
Joey gets more satisfaction from
the customer's feet. There are no offhelp pull them on the foot. This qualrepeat business and other signs his
the-shelf boots here, just dozens of
ity doesn't come cheap. Prices start
customers like what he has created
wooden lasts, antique tools and leathat $1,500 for a basic pair of boots,
for them. One customer asked him
er ranging from calfskin to python,
with 12-inch shafts and cowhide
to throw away his old boots after tryelephant and shark.
leather. Exotic leather
He can make boots
can increase the cost
that fit problem feet,
to $1,900 for ostrich all
such as the ones made
the way up to $3,400 for
for a football player
alligator.
whose size caused him
The sky is the limit
to break down factory
for other options such
boots.
as custom inlays, multiRepeat customers
row stitching and even
hardly notice the differgemstones.
ence between father and
Joey says demand for
son. "If you ask him, he
his services is up this
would say I was a better
year. He keeps turning
bootmaker than he was,"
out boots with no two
Joey says of his dad.
pairs alike, following the
"But I would tell him
time-honored traditions
every day, 'no I am not, I
taught to him by his
am still learning.' He did
father.
everything better than I
did, that's just the way
You can contact JP's
it is."
Boots at 573-346-7711,
At a recent boot and
Top: Joey creates a pair of boots from full-quill ostrich leather, just one of many
online at jpsboots.com or
saddle maker roundup
options offered. Above: Rows of boot lasts hang from the walls at the shop.
on Facebook.
in Texas, he reluctantly

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