As much fun as I had learning how boots were made at Anderson Bean, I loved the extra magic that goes into making a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots. For those of you who are familiar with Rios of Mercedes boots, you know that they come at a much higher price point. They are the Chanel, the Louboutins of the cowboy boot world & this is because of the way that they are handcrafted.
Here are some of the hides in the Rios of Mercedes factory. Be sure to check out the Anderson Bean factory tour here, again there is no way that I could share all of the photos or even begin to do the tour justice but I’ll do my best.
The general cowboy boot making process follows the steps of Anderson Bean boots. But again the big differences, one of them being these lasts above. If a person orders a custom pair of Rios of Mercedes, an individual last is made for their foot size to ensure a perfect fit. In the back of the factory I got to see boxes & boxes of old lasts (they never throw anything away) from people who had worn Rios of Mercedes boots.
Here the shaft, or top part of the boot is being stitched. That’s right, each boot is done individually instead of mass-produced on multiple machines, one person takes care of all the boots.
Finished boot tops.
Another workstation where patterns are cut out. Fun fact for you, only about 50 pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots can be made in a day because of the lengthy process.
This is a pretty cool pair of custom boots that was created at a trunk show, they are drying & waiting for their soles.
Any brand, any image can be put on a boot. I’ve also decided that since I have so many photos I will be uploading them to my cowboy boot board on Pinterest so follow it if you want to see more photos.
A finished boot waiting to be boxed up.
Be sure to check out the videos of the Rios of Mercedes factory tours too, they are pretty cool.