Custom Hand Made Boots
David Espinoza is a rare gem in the modern boot making industry. A traditionalist at heart, he remains a true artisan in an industry that has evolved into mass-produced, machine-made boots made overseas.
David’s understated boot making style matches the personality of his shop. Located in Phoenix in an area not often frequented by tourists, The Bootmaker has a distinct sense of craftsmanship you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Phoenix bootmaker David Espinoza is truly an icon in the industry. You shouldn’t let his unassuming storefront deceive you.
After nearly 50 years in the industry, David continues to make every pair of boots by hand. He stitches them with one of his antique Singer sewing machines that less traditional boot makers may have donated to a museum by now. David estimates the manufacturing date of his sewing machines at the late 1800s or early 1900s. He continues to use the machines because they are easier to fix and they were made in the United States.
Customers of The Bootmaker may also notice an antique boot sander propped against the back wall of the shop. This relic from the 1940s, manufactured by Goodyear, was originally owned by Jesse Bogle, one of David’s mentors in the boot making industry. He purchased it from Bogle in the 1990s and it still functions quite well.