Founded by Mark Candela, Candela Boot Co. is the result of a lifelong passion for boots. After many years of self-study, Mark set out to learn the art of custom bootmaking. In his quest, Mark met world-renowned master bootmaker, Lee Miller. Lee apprenticed under bootmaking legend Charlie Dunn and later took over Charlie’s shop, Texas Traditions Custom Boots. Located in Austin, Texas, Lee has been making boots for 35 years. Lee agreed to take Mark on and teach him the art of custom bootmaking. With an unyielding commitment to taking in everything Lee had to teach, Mark completed his first pair of boots and has continued to build boots using those same traditional methods. Mark went on to further hone his skills under the mentorship of master bootmaker Dave Wheeler of the legendary Wheeler Boot Company.
If you already have a pair of custom boots, you are well aware of the many benefits. Your custom boots are probably your favorite pair of shoes. If you are thinking of purchasing your first pair, you must understand that there is nothing like wearing a boot that was crafted specifically to the measurements of your feet. In making a custom boot, approximately eight measurements of the feet are taken as well as an imprint of the foot. These measurements are used to build each customer their own personal “last” that represents the form of their foot. As critical as measurements are, a custom bootmaker also determines the customer’s individual preferences for fit and comfort. Things such as prior surgeries, orthotics, and personal preferences are considered as well. No store bought boot can compare.
Hand made boots have a long and rich history. Long before the big factories, boots were made by hand, one pair at a time. The materials were carefully selected for quality and durability. Highly skilled craftsmen, using traditional methods of construction, applied their skills to construct a boot that was not only a work of art, but guaranteed to last under much more trying conditions than today’s lifestyle.
Candela Boot Co. still maintains these traditions of unparalleled quality of materials and construction. It is this commitment to traditional quality that give each pair of Candela Boots a special feel of a time and a place long gone. We are dedicated to delivering the finest custom boot experience in the world. From the fit to the unique design it is all about you, your lifestyle and your attitude.
Candela Boot Co. creates custom cowboy boots in Houston. We travel to your home or office to measure your foot and discuss what you have in mind for your boots. Of course our clients are always welcome to visit our private workshop in Weimar, (approximately an hour and a half drive from Houston) however, we are in Houston on Thursdays, so this works well for our Houston and surrounding area clients.
Due to our central location, we also provide complimentary home and office measurement services in San Antonio and Austin. We will travel outside of this area, but require travel expenses reimbursement. Please email us for a current price list. We accept major credit cards and require a 50% deposit when an order is placed.
For the best custom cowboy boots Houston has to offer, give Mark Candela a call at (713) 213-073
"I wanted to let you know that I'm enjoying my boots immensely. I love the color. You got the shape of the toe perfect, and after wearing them for only a few days, they feel great and seem to feel better the more I wear them. Thanks for your exquisite craftsmanship. Todd P.
"They look great and fit great" Justin D.
"Everything looks awesome and boots fit great! Will be a repeat customer and will be a good referral for your services." Thomas P.
"Thank you Mark for making me realize that when it came down to selecting the right boot maker and artist…..I made the only choice." Gordon B.
"Our boots are all we dreamed of. The whole experience was just great. Coming out to our home for fitting, allowing us to make changes during the process, advising us with your thoughts and input, and your explanations as to how the boots are constructed was a very unique experience. We are looking forward to creating our next pair! Thanks again, we love em'!" Dennis and Suzanne H.
"The boots fit well and are very comfortable...you have done a masterful job in creating these boots. The Vibram sole and heel are very comfortable to walk on; just a little cushion without a feeling of instability. Definitely something to consider in the future if you have a client with tender feet. It was a great experience working with you and I am hopeful we can do this again in the future." Sam L.
"Thanks again Mark, and I could not be happier with how the boots turned out." Brian M.
"Beautiful work. I love your boots; they are all I will wear! They are just as comfortable at the end of the day as they are when I first put them on." Nick C.
"They are the most comfortable pair of boots (or any footwear) that I have ever owned. I love them, great work." Sean T.
"My husband loves his boots. They are really works of art!" Erica M.
"They are the best pair of boots I have ever owned. Mark is truly gifted and his boots are awesome." Chuck O.