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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Armando Ochoa shapes the bottom of a custom pair of cowboy boots. Some boots are as individual as their owners.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Raul Cerrillo, general foreman at the Stewart Boot Company, checks a form - called a "last" - against a drawing of a customer's foot. The firm, which has made custom boots since the 1940s, has a 10-person crew crafting boots in its South Tucson factory.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Tana Kelch jokes that the only time she doesn't wear the boots is to weddings or to work out.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

After tracing the foot, areas where the boot will need to be custom designed for the client's foot are shaded.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Boots are crafted to a customer's specifications, sometimes out of exotic hides like ostrich, shark or Nile crocodile.

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Custom Stewart boots crafted by ol' style maker

Custom Stewart boots crafted by ol' style maker

This time of year, it can take about 90 days for someone to receive a pair of custom Stewart boots.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

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Victor Borg has owned Stewart Boot Co. since 1970, but the company's been around since the 1940s.

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Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

Custom kicks crafted by ol' style maker

The machinery and the handcrafted process at Stewart Boot Company hasn't changed over the decades.

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