HOUSTON, Texas -- Authentic Texas cowboy boots is the reason people go to Republic Boots Co.
Chris Conrad opened the store 12 years ago as a way to preserve Texas culture.
"I lived in Italy for a number of years and I think being away gives you a better perspective of your homeland and whats important here" Conrad said.
The store employees master bootmakers, who create custom boots the traditional way. Head Bootmaker, Raul Cerrillo, is a third generation bootmaker. He has personally made boots for a number of celebrities including John Wayne, Steve McQueen and Roy Rogers.
Custom boots start at $1,800. The prices go up depending on the skin and design.
Republic Boots Co is located at 1133 E 11th Street.