Posted on March 18 2017
COBRA ROCK BOOT COMPANY
colt and logan of cobra rock boot company hand make boots in marfa, tx. have been boot-making for years now, and their boots have become closet staples for all your in-the-know friends.
because they make each pair of boots by hand- there is usually a waitlist of 3-6 months, but they'll be popping up in esby the last weekend of sxsw (3/18–3/19) with a selection of their incredible boots.
come by to try them on, see the new spring line, & have a drink!
tell us who you guys are, and what you’ll be bringing to esby over the sxsw weekend
We are Colt and Logan, owners of Cobra Rock, and we’re so excited to be hanging with our friends at Esby over SXSW weekend! Our boots are made with full-grain American leather and take about 3 weeks to complete from the first cut to the last stitch, so we usually take pre-orders and have a wait-list. We’ve been preparing for this pop-up for several months, so we are in the unusual position of having boots available for purchase in person over this weekend at Esby. We’re also bringing leather accessories like our leather totes, clutches, and wallets. This will be our first pop-up in Austin, and we’re excited to bring a mini-version of our Marfa, TX store.
where did you both grow up? has that influenced your style?
We grew up in just about opposite places – Colt is from a ranch in the Texas Panhandle and Logan is from a small island in British Columbia. We both grew up in rural places, and both love art, so living in the small town of Marfa has been the perfect fit for us and has influenced our simple and western-inspired style.
where did you learn to make boots?
Colt apprenticed with a small bookmaker from his hometown about 13 years ago, and started out on his own making custom cowboy boots for local ranchers. Although we’ve been together as a couple for almost 11 years now, we finally had the right circumstances to start working together as Cobra Rock in 2011 and began designing our line of desert boots. Our business started with just the two of us doing every step of the bootmaking process, and we very quickly had an overwhelming wait-list on our hands. Five years later, we still cut and sew our boots, while working with some very talented bootmakers and leatherworkers in the United States to bring our Cobra Rock designs to life. Traditional handmade cowboy boot construction methods are at the core of what we do, and we’ve both learned a lot from the process of making them.
what’s your favorite way to style cobra rock?
One of the great things about our boots is their versatility. We’ve had people tell us that they could simplify their closet and travel bag since our footwear works with everything from jeans to dresses. Our company is part of the slow fashion movement, and we love pairing our work with like-minded US-made brands like Esby, as well as vintage pieces.
your boots are meant to be heirlooms. are there pieces in your wardrobe that have that kind of history?
First and foremost, we want people to wear their boots, not keep them clean and precious, so we’re always excited when our customers show us their beat-up and practically lived-in boots. Colt wears his grandfather’s burnished leather belt daily, just as his grandad did for over 40 years before him in West Texas, and Logan treasures her dad’s handknit hat that he wore on numerous mountaineering expeditions, including her namesake, Mount Logan, in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
what song is on repeat in the studio?
We’ve been listening to a lot of cumbia bands lately, especially Sonido Gallo Negro.
what is a must-see destination on a road trip through west texas?
Big Bend National Park is incredible and vast - you could spend weeks there - and our small town of Marfa has many art institutions like the Chinati Foundation and Ballroom Marfa that are well-worth the long drive. Cooling off in the natural spring-fed pool in Balmorhea State Park is definitely recommended!
tell us about a friend or designer that’s doing work you admire
One of the best parts of Cobra Rock is being part of a community of other makers and small USA-made brands. Last year we worked on a collaboration project (the Sky Highland Boot) with our friends at Fort Lonesome who make incredible hand-cranked embroidery jackets. Owner Kathie Sever is an inspiration to us, not just for her work ethic and naturally collaborative nature, but for her vision to keep what was once a dying art form alive, while pushing the medium into a new and exciting place.
what’s new for cobra rock in 2017?
We started off the year with pre-orders for our new Highland Mule, a minimalist western style slip-on, as well as some new accessories. Orders for our chelsea-style Pronghorns and lace-up South Highlands continue to keep us very busy, but we’ll be releasing some new designs we’ve been working on, as well more collaborations with our friends this summer and fall.