If you were driving through the small town of Mercedes, TX you would notice on many corners a rather large boot.
The local boot company Rios of Mercedes has been making western boots since 1853.
Two years ago while here, one of the volunteers had arranged for a tour of the factory. We found that each boot is hand made and each boot is made solely of leather.
These are premium grade boots which command a premium price.
The many boots placed in downtown Mercedes pay tribute to various Texas Universities.