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Here are places I buy or have bought boots on the Internet

Big Black Boots, San Diego, California. One of the most informative and educational websites in addition to a good selection of police patrol boots and Wesco boots. Run by very reliable and knowledgable men who have been in the business for a long time.

Champion Attitude Boots, El Paso, Texas. This company does some fine work in hand-crafting boots -- mostly cowboy boots. It can take a few months for special order boots, but the quality is excellent. Just be sure to submit accurate measurements.

Boot America, an on-line only retailer based in New Jersey. Very good pricing and customer service for Lucchese Boots, especially the higher-end Lucchese Classics.

Boot Barn, Orange County, California. Terrific selection on cowboy boots. Better pricing for shipping than most competitors. Look for a "promo code" on the internet before making a purchase. Frequently you can get 10% - 15% more discount by using a promo code. Note: Boot Barn owns Sheplers, so pricing is about the same.

Sheplers, Wichita, Kansas. Very reputable, good selection. Occasional sales make pricing competitive. In 2011, they brought their shipping charges into line with other major on-line retailers, often offering free shipping on boots and western apparel orders over a certain minimum purchase. But watch for the ongoing breathless "today only" sales where they mark down a made-up retail price by 20% to bring the price of boots to the same price as offered by any other competitor. Sheplers is known for a great selection and good service, but not for prices.

Cowboy Chief, an on-line (only) boot retailer based in Massachusetts specializing in Lucchese boots. They offer occasional sales on "stall stock" boots at 40% discount to those who sign up for their email list. Good service and fast shipping for boots in stock.

Bootbay.com, Knoxville, Tennessee. Free shipping within the U.S. on purchases over $49. Good deals on engineer boots, in particular.

Dehner Boots -- see explanation under "Wesco" below.

JGear D/B/A onlinebootstore.com, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. I can no longer recommend purchasing products from this retailer due to unethical behavior that they have demonstrated and failed to respond to me about theft of my intellectual property.

Working Person Store, Lakeville, Indiana. Great source of work and motorcycle boots, as well as some styles of cowboy boots. Has regular %-off sales for members of their email list.

West Coast Shoe Company (Wesco) and Dehner Boots

You will notice that I do not list the West Coast Shoe Company (maker of Wesco Boots) or the Dehner Boot Company as active links. They make great boots, but you can save a significant amount of money on the same boots from a third-party retailer. Drool on images from the factory's website, but unless you have money to burn, order your boots from a boot retailer, not from the company.

Stompers Boots: this store is under new ownership as of July, 2014. Stompers Boots was purchased by the same owner as "Bootwerks" of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I have no experience to evaluate how the current owner operates the business. (From 1998 through June, 2014, I had purchased over 60 pairs of boots from Stompers and drove much more business to this store.)

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Leather

Here are places I buy or have bought leather garments in person or on the Internet

665 Leather, West Hollywood, California. Established leather fetish shop that makes good custom leather gear at a price consistent with the quality produced (that is, "not cheap.") Good customer service by phone and in person.

CJ's Leather, Denver, Colorado. This is a small leather fetish shop. I have been pleased with the quality of two pairs of leather jeans that I bought from them. The service was good and I received my custom order when promised.

Eastern Oregon Leather, LaGrande, Oregon. I have been very pleased with leather accessories like wrist cuffs that I have ordered from this company.

Fox Creek Leather, Roanoke, Virginia. This shop was recommended to me by a blog visitor. This shop makes biker gear -- vests, chaps, jackets, and accessories. It caters to the straight biker market. I checked them out and ordered a jacket. The leather gear they make is great, and service is excellent.

J.C. Whitney, which is where I have purchased boot chains and vest extenders.

Johnson Leather Corp. of San Francisco, California. They make great leather gear for serious motorcyclists. They have both stock sizes and can make custom-fitted gear, as well. I have a custom leather jacket and pants that they made which are terrific!

Mr. S. of San Francisco, California. This is the "granddaddy" of leather fetish shops in the United States. I bought a lot of my leather gear from Mr. S and have been pleased with the tailoring and service. Unfortunately, their reputation in responding to email is poor. If you want something from them, it is best to visit their store in person or call them on the telephone.

Northbound Leather, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Northbound is an excellent leather fetish shop, and has been in business for a long time. They have very good custom leather gear -- and pricing on par with quality (but not cheap!)

Where I have purchased leather but cannot recommend

Leather Up. I bought a pair of leather jeans from them. The jeans were cheap and I got what I paid for. The jeans squeak badly and the quality is not good.

South Beach Leather (on-line). They have an interesting line of products, but they don't tell you on their website that their garments are made in Pakistan from cheap Pakistani leather. Products are delivered (drop-shipped) to the U.S. directly from Pakistan. Oh well, no wonder their gear is so cheap -- I got what I paid for.

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Uniforms

Please read the section about uniforms on my Complete Guide to Leather Gear and my page about assembling a CHP uniform for more details about replica uniforms and methods of assembling them.

I have used the following vendors which have worked well for me. Note, these vendors will only ship merchandise to addresses in the United States. I am not currently aware of vendors of uniform-related merchandise who will ship to addresses outside the U.S.

Quartermaster Uniforms. Great selection of military and police gear and equipment.

Intapol Industries. Good source of police breeches.

I am not aware of other vendors of uniform-related gear who will sell items to people who are not cops or active-duty military. If you know of any reputable vendors who will do this, let me know.

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Websites

Boots Wiki -- the complete resource on information about boots.

HotBoots.com. A community of men into boots!

International Mr. Leather Contest. IML is held over Memorial Day weekend (usually the last weekend in May) in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The website provives information on hotels, activities, and registration for IML. This is the largest leather fetish contest in the world.

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. MAL is held in Washington, DC, over Martin Luther King holiday weekend, which is usually the third weekend in January. The website provides information on hotels, activities, and registration for MAL. This is reported to be the second only to IML in size of attendance at such an event.

Folsom Street Fair. This event, which occurs on the last weekend in September in San Francisco, California, is one of the oldest, kinkiest gatherings of leather fetishists in the U.S. A smaller, more intimate gathering, called the "Up Your Alley" (or Dore Alley) fair, is held the last Sunday in July. Information about both events can be found on this one website.

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eBay

Here's my opinion on eBay. As far as on-line auction sites go, eBay is by far the most sophisticated and thorough. Most boots and leather gear on eBay is represented factually and when I have bought boots or gear through eBay, I have gotten what I have paid for. Have I been disappointed? Yes, but that was my fault. For example, I didn't see something that was not in a description, and I ended up with a pair of Langlitz leather breeches that ultimately didn't fit (but they did fit my partner, so they weren't a loss.)

If you choose to bid on an item on eBay, check the seller's feedback. You may not find a 100% positive rating, but sometimes some people have bones to pick if they got something that they didn't like. You usually can't return something bought on eBay unless it was materially misrepresented. However, another example is that I bought a pair of boots that were the right size in the foot, but the calf was too small and I couldn't wear them. The seller was very accommodating and took them back and refunded my purchase price. He didn't have to do that, but as I said, most sellers on eBay are fair and reasonable.

Don't bid immediately. Note when the bid ends, and keep track of it. If you bid too early, undoubtedly someone will outbid you. Wait until close to the end of the auction to bid. That's what most people do (and I do not recommend the use of sniping programs which are not fair to regular folks).

One last recommendation: pick your top bid price and stick to it. Avoid getting caught up in a last-minute frenzy with escalating bids. If the top bid is more than what you said to yourself you want to spend, let it go. You can find it again later from someone else. That happens a lot. Good luck, happy bidding!

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Linking Policy

I do not accept advertising or post ads anywhere on this website. This website is a hobby and is not designed to generate revenue. I insist that this website be ad-free! (I had ads on websites myself.)

The links listed on this page only show vendors with which I have had direct experience and from whom I have made a purchase or attended an event. I do not post links to:

  • vendors from whom I have not made a purchase.
  • vendors who offer paid advertising.
  • pornographic sites.
  • cheap sources of leather goods, boots, and products from China, India, or Pakistan. I will not endorse or recommend boots made by American Icon brands like Harley-Davidson or Frye that are made cheaply in China.
  • Liars. Don't send me a link request and claim you are from Texas when you're really from India. I always do a traceback on the IP address from all people who send me link requests to validate legitimacy.


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