As much as we Houstonians consider ourselves metropolitan sophisticates, we can’t escape the Western fashion wanderlust. Happily, the city is chock-full of places to satisfy everyone’s inner cowboy.
Cavender’s Boot City, 12141 Katy Freeway, cavenders.com. This everyman’s resource has all the cowboy stuff you can imagine, at pocketbook-friendly prices. Don’t miss the bountiful hat bar, where Stetsons, Resistols, and more are priced $50 to $1,000.
Dos Carolinas, 2626 Westheimer Road, second floor, doscarolinas.com. Where would a serious Texan be without at least one guayabera, the casual/dress shirt inspired by the folk traditions of the Yucatan and Cuba. Houston’s elite know that Dos Carolinas is the place for the ultimate bespoke guayabera shirt for a wedding, a barbecue, or an evening of cigars.
The Hat Store, 5587 Richmond, thehatstore.com. With a century of haberdashery under the belt, this emporium is renowned for its collection of western hats. Customers include both Bush presidents, Leon Russell, Shaquille O’Neal, and the ZZ Top crew. It’s worth a visit just to see the experts steam and hand-shape hats to a perfect fit.
King Ranch Saddle Shop, River Oaks Shopping Center, 1956 West Gray St., krsaddleshop.com. The legendary Texas ranch brings its goods to Houston in this stunning mercantile, offering everything from furnishings to luggage, clothing to jewelry. This is a great resource for Texas-themed gifts.
Lucchese, Highland Village, 4051 Westheimer Road, lucchese.com. Since its founding in San Antonio in 1883, Lucchese has been the go-to place for top-notch Western boots as well as leather shoes and accessories. Think western chic.
Maida’s Belts & Buckles, 5727 Westheimer Road, maidasbelts.com. Handcrafted belts with engraved heirloom buckles and buckle sets with a staggering inventory of belts and skins, including American alligator, elephant, full-quill ostrich, and hippopotamus. Add to the distinctly western inventory cuff links, money clips, wallets, silver hatbands, turquoise, and even a cowhide stocking.
Pinto Ranch, 1717 Post Oak Blvd., pintoranch.com. Consider this the place for high-end western fashions with beautifully curated collections of boots, hats, jewelry, and clothing for both men and women. And, if you need a saddle, you’ll be in the right place.
Tejas Custom Boots, 415 Westheimer Road, tejascustomboots.com. This shop is known for its handcrafted custom boots, belts, and buckles. Choose from ostrich, alligator, and other fine leathers, for a pair of boots to last a lifetime. Custom boots start at around $1,500.
University Co-Op, Uptown Park, 1131 Uptown Park Blvd., universitycoop.com. UT Hook ‘em Horns everything.