Are you ready to come with me inside the Anderson Bean boot factory? Let’s go check it out & before I go any further I have to say that I can’t really give a better tour than marketing director Steven Kahla did but I can certainly try. I would have to write a short novel if I wanted to include everything so I’m just going to include the highlights & if you want more, than I encourage you to take a trip to Mercedes, Texas.
We started off in the hide room, this is where you see all of the different colors & hide options that the boots are made of. It was one of my favorite places & this above black & metallic carved leather was one of the prettiest pieces in the bunch.
There were rolls & rolls of piping everywhere, of course I was drawn to the colorful roll.
Sewing machines hard at work for Anderson Bean. These do the stitching patterns on the tops of the boots. I’m going to do a separate tour for Rios of Mercedes but can anyone guess what you would see if you were in the Rios of Mercedes factory at this point right now (hint – how about someone hand stitching the tops one at a time).
A stack of finished boot tops ready to go on to the next step.
Hmmm these boots seem to be missing something…
Ahhh yes, I found the missing pieces. Here is where you find all of your boot sizes.
The toes & foot of the boot are sculpted into the proper sizes. The leather is hand stretched using water to help the process & then the boots must sit on racks to dry.
Now these boots are ready for some soles & support.
Arch support is added to the boots of the boots & lemon wood pegs. There are more pegs in Rios of Mercedes boots than in Anderson Bean boots, another difference in the two.
A heel waiting to go on a boot (another Anderson Bean & Rios of Mercedes difference).
The boots then undergo even more steps of smoothing out any imperfections & filing down any rough or uneven spots on the heels of the boots.
The last step is quality control, the boots are inspected throughly before they are boxed & ready for shipping.
In the end Anderson Bean delivers a boot that is made in the United States & made with excellent quality & out of great materials. Anderson Bean supports US businesses by purchasing hides from tanneries in the United States as well.
This is just a basic overview of what happens in the factory, I never even imagined there were so many steps to creating a beautiful cowboy boot. I hope you enjoyed my tour, later we will swing by Rios of Mercedes.
Want to see more from Anderson Bean? Check out this video.