Once upon a time in the American Old West, every cowboy riding across that craggy, untamed land wore boots that were handmade by a bootmaker. Nowadays, to keep costs down, most cowboy boots sold in Western wear shops around the country were mass-produced by machines in the factories of India, China or Mexico. But that's just the way the industry has gone, because no matter how much nostalgia is placed on custom handmade boots, the fact is, they're damned expensive. But handmade boots are expensive for a reason. Join Pinto Ranch and Lucchese as they bring bootmakers to NorthPark Center to demonstrate the laborious, intricate steps involved in making a pair of cowboy boots. The demonstrations will take place on Level One next to Barneys New York. The two-day event runs Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 214-217-6200.
Fri., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008