Our heels are built layer by layer, set well under the boots for comfort, and extended in the back to help protect the heel counter from wearing and keep a spur from slipping over your heel. If you would like a larger spur ledge, all you have to do is ask!
Keep in mind that the look of the heel will vary in proportion to the size of your foot.
As you can see above, we offer a wide variety of leathers. Each has its own characteristics particularly when it comes to toughness and flexibility. Some leathers are suited more for dress, while others are preferable to work. (See more on Leathers on Alex' Blog).
1) Dress Boot: Men and women who want a dressy custom made boot tend to favor Kangaroo, Calf, and Ostrich, as well as the exotic leathers like Alligator, Snake, and Lizard for their Paul Bond handmade cowboy boots.
2) Work Boot: Those who want a heavier and tougher leather in their custom cowboy boots favor hides such as Buffalo, Bull hide, and Wax French Calf.
Wax French Calf, is the toughest leather for Paul Bond custom boots. This type of of working cowboy boot is great for heavy brush and/or the muck of corrals. This is the leather used in our famous handmade Working Cowboy Boots.
Selecting your leather, style, and color way can be a tricky process. It is important to keep in mind that no two leathers are identical. Therefore, because our boots are handcrafted specifically for you, we can not guarantee that the color, grain, and consistency will match exactly to our catalog options, or other photos. This is what makes your custom boots one of a kind!
From heavy welted soles, through various intermediate welted weights, to featherweight non-welted custom cowboy boots, the type of sole you choose can make a big difference in the feel of your Paul Bond custom boots.
1) Lightweight non-welted soles are the lightest and most flexible, and are the easiest to break in. Partially because there is no welt and partially because a thinner leather is used for the actual sole. This gives added lightness and comfort to custom made boots, although they will need resoling more often. (You usually see lightweight soles on men’s Italian loafers or maximum comfort western dress boots.) Those seeking lightness and comfort prefer it.
What is a welt? A welt is a strip of stiff leather that is hand sewn to the bottom of the leather in your vamps (feet of your Paul Bond custom made boots). It provides a strong, tight, and stable foundation to which we sew the sole.
2) Welted soles are a little heavier, and a bit stiffer initially. They can take more wear before needing resoling, and stand up better to hard treatment. This is the type of sole you most often see in Paul Bond standard men’s boots or women's working cowboy boots. And yes, there are different weights of soles that Paul Bond Custom Made Boots attaches to its welts. The usual sole that we use is a regular weight, but we can attach thinner or heavier soles as you wish.