Candela Boot Co. History and Philosophy
Founded by Mark Candela, Candela Boot Co. is the result of a lifelong passion for boots. After many years of self-study, Mark set out to learn the art of custom bootmaking. In his quest, Mark met world-renowned master bootmaker, Lee Miller. Lee apprenticed under bootmaking legend Charlie Dunn and later took over Charlie’s shop, Texas Traditions Custom Boots. Located in Austin, Texas, Lee has been making boots for 35 years. Lee agreed to take Mark on and teach him the art of custom bootmaking. With an unyielding commitment to taking in everything Lee had to teach, Mark completed his first pair of boots and has continued to build boots using those same traditional methods. Mark went on to further hone his skills under the mentorship of master bootmaker Dave Wheeler of the legendary Wheeler Boot Company.
Why custom boots?
If you already have a pair of custom boots, you are well aware of the many benefits. Your custom boots are probably your favorite pair of shoes. If you are thinking of purchasing your first pair, you must understand that there is nothing like wearing a boot that was crafted specifically to the measurements of your feet. In making a custom boot, approximately eight measurements of the feet are taken as well as an imprint of the foot. These measurements are used to build each customer their own personal “last” that represents the form of their foot. As critical as measurements are, a custom bootmaker also determines the customer’s individual preferences for fit and comfort. Things such as prior surgeries, orthotics, and personal preferences are considered as well. No store bought boot can compare.
History of Hand Made Boots
Hand made boots have a long and rich history. Long before the big factories, boots were made by hand, one pair at a time. The materials were carefully selected for quality and durability. Highly skilled craftsmen, using traditional methods of construction, applied their skills to construct a boot that was not only a work of art, but guaranteed to last under much more trying conditions than today’s lifestyle.
Candela Boot Co. still maintains these traditions of unparalleled quality of materials and construction. It is this commitment to traditional quality that give each pair of Candela Boots a special feel of a time and a place long gone. We are dedicated to delivering the finest custom boot experience in the world. From the fit to the unique design it is all about you, your lifestyle and your attitude.
Order Your Custom Boots
Candela Boot Co. is centrally located in Weimar, Texas. We travel to Houston on a weekly basis to meet with clients in the Houston area. We come to your home or office to measure your foot and discuss what you have in mind for your boots. Of course our clients are always welcome to visit us in Weimar, (approximately an hour and a half drive from Houston) however, we are in Houston regularly so this works well for our Houston and surrounding area clients.
Due to our central location, we also provide complimentary home and office measurement services in San Antonio and Austin. We will travel outside of this area, but require travel expenses reimbursement. Please email us for a current price list. We accept major credit cards and require a 50% deposit when an order is placed.
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Check out our Testimonial page for our client's testimonials. Here is what one client is saying about us:
"I have worn cowboy boots my whole life and have always had a problem with standard fit. This time around I looked at several boot makers as an option to buying another store-bought pair. I wanted a pair of boots that would be comfortable, last the rest of my life, and mean something to me. I found all of that with Candela Boot Company. Mark took great care in measuring me for the perfect fit and patiently worked with me on my boot top artwork. I have been so satisfied with my first pair that I have already ordered a second pair!"
- Roy M.
Candela Boot Co.
P.O. Box 877
Weimar, TX 78962
Phone: (713) 213-0732
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