Shopping >Capitol Saddlery
Favorite Austin shop offers saddles, shoes and other ways to dress cow folk and their horses..
The smell hits you first: leather, wax, saddle soap, wool and wood blend in a rustic Texan perfume. A sign advertises "custom saddles and boots made here." The counter is plastered with flyers from rodeos and the entry shelf is filled with oils, soaps and polishes. The upstairs walls are lined with saddles, whips, spurs, reins and just about any other horse paraphernalia. Those without a horse sense come for the belts and other accessories.
Excellent service and work. When I got an oil stain on a pair of nice boots, the main shoe repair chain in town told me flatly that they can't do anything about oil stains. Fortunately I then remembered driving by Capitol Saddlery and decided to give them a call. They told me to bring my boots in immediately before the stain set, and they removed it and my boots are as good as new. Very friendly staff plus an atmosphere that can't be beat! There's a free 15 minute customer service zone in front, too.
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