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M.L. Leddy's Boots & Saddlery, Fort Worth, Texas

2455 N. Main Street
Fort Worth , Texas
Tel: 817 624 3149's insider take:

Since 1941 this premier maker of custom boots and saddles has done business at the corner of Main and Exchange in the Fort Worth Stockyards. At first you think you're in a high-end boutique stocked with surprisingly tasteful rhinestone cowgirl cocktail wear, Ermenegildo Zegna jackets, pure beaver cowboy hats, and emerald-studded gold belt buckles. The next room, however, is packed with utilitarian gear for real cowboys: saddles, spurs, gloves, bits, and bridles. The back room is equal parts cowboy and couture: The floor-to-ceiling display of M.L. Leddy's famous cowboy boots is shot through with colors you never imagined: turquoise kangaroo, chartreuse lizard, gold ostrich, and purple stingray (which has a glittery, finely pebbled surface). Turn them over for the sticker shock; most are four figures. If you want to spend more, custom-made boots take four to five months; this is where Elvis, LBJ, and the Shah of Iran got theirs. But real cowboys and cowgirls—still a large part of Leddy's business—will buy ostrich-skin boots as light and supple as Italian loafers, get right on their horses, and wear them for decades.

Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm.

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