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Rios of Mercedes dates back to the 1850’s when the Rios family became known for the art of bootmaking. In the early 1900’s, they moved their shop to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and continued perfecting their craft. When the last of the Rios Bootmakers, Zeferino, retired in the 1960’s, he sold the family business.

Today Rios of Mercedes, under the guidance of Trainor Evans and J.P. Moody, still makes boots in much the same way the Rios family did - by hand. They think you should know that there is no secret to producing well made boots. It takes the best materials, skilled craftsmanship and lots of time. That’s exactly what they put into each Rios of Mercedes boot.

The hands that make a handmade boot take five times longer than an average bootmaker. (And they don’t make average boots.) Rios of Mercedes boots are the works of proud craftsmen whose attention to detail comes from the heart and years of experience. They make boots that look good, fit well, and last long.