Tony Lama and Cavender’s are rich with history and Texas pride
Since 1965 when James and Pat Cavender founded the iconic Western brand with three premium Tony Lama boots, their legacy of serving customers quality products at a fair price remains true. As relentless as their dedication to serving the industry, each pair of Tony Lama boots is a true work of art, meticulously built by hand and crafted of the finest leathers.
After completing his duty with the Cavalry as a cobbler at Fort Bliss, Tony Lama settled down in El Paso, Texas, which was popular with men pursuing the western style boot. With such a high demand for Tony Lama’s expertise, he formally set up his own company in 1911 on East Overland Street. His company began as a small shoe repair shop, repairing boots for the soldiers at Fort Bliss. However, due to his reputation preceding his skill, he transformed the shop into a boot factory and quickly became "The World’s Most Recognized Western Boot Brand."
Cavender’s was founded in 1965 in the small east Texas town of Pittsburg. James and Pat Cavender were entrepreneurs who dabbled in several ventures before opening a clothing business. As a country family in a small Texas town, it was only natural to carry cowboy boots. Cavender’s started with three styles of Tony Lama boots. They sold well, and so James bought more. It was just the beginning for this family company that would go on to sell millions of pairs of boots and become the fastest-growing Western wear chain in America.