Tex Robin's Background

Tex's great-grandfather immigrated to Texas from Sweden in 1870 but the family bootmaking business actually started with Tex's father. Tex started making boots when he was 10 years old in his father's shop in Throckmorton, Texas. Tex's father, W.L. Robin (also known as Tex), was a cowboy who rode in the wild west shows in the late 1930's. While competing on the rodeo circuit, W.L. began to remodel and repair boots for the other bronc riders. After he had taken a lot of boots apart and put them back together, W.L. decided to make his own. After working in Breckenridge, Throckmorton,and Fort Worth, Texas, he moved to the city of Coleman in 1954, and opened a shop with his son Tex. Tex, at his father's side, learned to make a complete boot while growing up in the 1950's. In 1970, W.L. Robin left for Austin where he worked at Buck Steiner's Capital Saddlery until his death in 1972.

Today, Tex has about all he can do and has moved to Abilene. He mostly works alone but still teaches a new student from time to time. He has an impressive portfolio of boots that he has made and knows feet and how a boot should fit. Tex says "To make a boot you must have both artistic talent and mechanical ability".



Tex Robin Boots in the Media

Tex has been interviewed by numerous magazines over the years. He has also been featured in several published books. A listing of some of his featured magazine articles includes:

Shoe Service, Sept 1976 issue
Texas Monthly, Sept 1976 issue
Country Music, April 1977 issue
Town & Country, Sept 1979 issue
Honky Tonk, 1981
Texas Handbook, First Edition-1981
Quest, Sept 1981 issue
Varia, April 1990 issue
Mono (Japanese Magazine), 1993
The PiteŚ-Tidningen (Swedish Newspaper Article)
Sept 7, l996, PiteŚ, Sweden

Cowboys and Indians Magazine, March 2000 issue
Style West, St Louis Post-Dispatch April 20, 2000


Texas Monthly, June 2002 issue

TEX ROBIN BOOTS VOTED ONE OF THE
TOP 25 CUSTOM BOOTMAKERS IN TEXAS!


Skomakaren (magazine for Swedish shoemakers)
Nr 1. 2003
Stockholm, Sweden
(report on my Swedish seminar in Swedish)



Tex Robin Boots in Books

Tex has been featured in three published books, all of which contain pictures of some of Tex's outstanding boot designs.

"Art Of The Boot" by Author: Tyler Beard, Jim Arndt(1999)

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"Cowboy Boots: The Art and Sole" by Author: Jennifer June (2007)

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"Texas Boots" by Author: Sharon Delano (1981)

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You can also check your local public library to read more information about Tex and the art of custom-made cowboy boots and bootmaking, in general.


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