Since Tony Lama was the 11 year old son of Italian immigrants, he began learning about the boot industry. He studied under his uncle as a boy in Syracuse, New York where he learned the boot trade. Those were the humble beginnings of a legendary boot making career. Tony Lama was a cobbler for soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. After his term, he moved to the nearby town of El Paso and setup his first boot shop.
He produced the best fitting, most comfortable boots around. This is when Tony Lama Boots was born. in the 1930’s Tony Lama began distributing boots in Western Wear stores and by 1961, Tony Lama Boots was producing over 750 boots a day. When Tony Lama passed away in 1974, his family continued the tradition of quality and hand craftsmanship, making Tony Lama Boots a true American success story. In 1990, the company became part of the Justin Boot family and the tandem has set the standard for quality and craftsmanship worldwide. If you have never tried on Tony Lama Boots, you are in for a treat. Each pair celebrates the humble and hardworking beginnings of the old west. With over 100 steps to producing every pair of boots, today’s Tony Lama’s incorporate the same craftsmanship combined with modern comfort and durability technologies. This construction and quality makes Tony Lama the most recognized western boots in the world. Not to mention the selection of men’s boots and women’s boots is outstanding. Whether it’s the TLX series, their Handcrafted series or their classic Western boots, Tony Lama will not disappoint.