When a traveler meets a business owner whose offerings he enjoys, his first instinct's to tell him he should totally open a shop in the traveler's home town, where the locals'd be instantly smitten with his zesty fish tacos/aromatic coffee/luscious balloons of heroin. Convinced to bring his cowboy footwear to Fort Worth, the guy behind Heritage Boot.
Just opened in So7, Heritage FW is the first outpost for an Austin-based, Dublin-raised hide master who ran a vintage Western store on London's Kings Road before moving Stateside in '82; he'd run his Hill Country operation for four years before Lambert's owner urged him to set up shop in a town where most of the sh*t's being kicked by Justin. The specialty: modernized versions of classic, pre-assembly line designs from the 1940s-60s, which the owner has completely hand-crafted by a leather-tooling family in Jalisco, mostly using Italian/Spanish calf skin; basic models range from the "Ranch Hand" in "rough-out" tan suede that mimics traditional ranching gear, to the orange/brown/yellow "Marfa Butterfly", to the "Black Full-Tooled" with turquoise lacing down the shank sides and around the straps -- called "hand thonging", for reasons much less exciting than the name would suggest. Exotic skins and overlays are also offered, like the brown/black "Smooth Ostrich" with fern-design shank stitching, the similar "Black Shark", the "Jefe" with caiman-croc feet & dual Indian chief heads, and "Rancho-Notorious", a six-color masterpiece that will leave admirers fearful of Doritos.
Heritage also sells belts & custom-cast buckles, and as a marketing ploy recently unleashed BootElves.com, an online game that teaches users boot-crafting through manipulable undead elves named Guano, Pico, Zapato, and El Pepe -- as for how the elves died...the only thing better than luscious balloons are sturdy ones.