Van Zandt


These incredible boots are made of caiman belly with a beautiful tonal Texas star. The blacked-out colors can be worn with a suit or just as easy with your everyday adventures.

We use no synthetic materials and every aspect is handmade (which is why this boot will last a lifetime). These details are important.

  • 1.5” Square Cowboy Toe
  • Uppers have Lone Star caiman inlay and 12" high
  • Heel is leather stacked 1 1/2” 
  • Soles are hand pegged with lemonwood, reinforced with brass clinch nails  
  • Reinforced pulls  
  • Lux-calf interior for glove-like comfort 
  • Full leather insole (for breathability and custom shaping to your foot)

Our stock boots are 'true to size' in order to conform perfectly with your foot, but this makes them more of a custom feel (slightly tighter). Other companies tend to oversize their boots, so if you want a comparable fit then go up a half size (if a 10 in other stock boots, order a 10.5) - Its free to exchange if something is off!

Our Full Leather Insoles allow the Width to be Modifiable! They are built on a EE base and have a full leather insole that (when inserted) makes the boot a D width (normal).  So, simply remove this leather insert for EE (wide) width, or keep it inserted for D (normal) width.  They will conform comfortably to your feet either way.

Add up to 3 initials on the pulls (black, brown, or bone) to customize the boots.  Put the initials in the Order Notes.  We handmake these (inlay into the pulls) and it takes us 3-4 weeks to complete this.


These boots are dedicated to the legendary Townes Van Zandt (descended from a prominent leader of the Republic of Texas).  He was known as the songwriter's songwriter with his deep lyrics and bluesy rhythm. He wrote the famous song Poncho and Lefty. 

In 1971, he was on his way to Houston from San Francisco when the musician Joe Ely picked up “this tall scarecrow-looking guy” thumbing rides in Lubbock, Texas. Ely was shocked to find that Townes seemed to be carrying no clothes, just a bag of records he’d been hauling with him along the highway, through the desert. Van Zandt gave one to Ely who took it back to his future Flatlanders bandmate Jimmie Gilmore. They listened to it again and again. “It made us question what a song could be,” said Ely. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Trevor H.

Great quality and comfort.

Bill M.
Great Boots, But They Have Some Issues

First off, these boots look great, feel nice and they are pretty comfortable. It is near impossible to find boots in my size (size 15EE) as most boot makers stop at size 13EE or 14D. I love the removable insole that makes the width from a D to a EE. However, I am noticing a few issues with these boots:

1. The right boot squeaks every time I take a step. I do not know the exact terminology, but the part that squeaks is around where the heel connects to the boot.
2. When the insole is removed, the heel has a little cushion on the inside that is glued to the foot of the boot. The glue that holds this cushion to the foot of the boot is wearing off and the little heel cushion thing is starting to peel. This also makes taking these boots off harder. I will probably have to find some kind of glue to glue this piece to the foot of the boot.
3. The paint or stain on the heel of the right boot is starting to come off/fade. This may be in part because of the way I take my boots off, but this does not typically happen with my other boots. I usually use my left boot to hold down the right boot as I lift my leg out and I am starting to see some of the wood on the heel under the black paint/stain.

Overall, I do like these boots and I plan on buying more pairs from Republic Boot Company (so long as they keep carrying my size). However, I paid well over $600 for this pair and I was not expecting to have the issues stated above.

Dan H.


Ken G.
Over the Top!

I bought the most amazing, high quality and comfortable boots at Republic Boot Company. And we had an event there the next night for our company. BBQ, live band, bar and shopping! What else could you want!!?? And the staff is over-the-top amazing!

Guy M.

Dude, these things are bad ass. They look incredible and they are my every day boots. Just wanted to tell you how much Awesomeness is here.