Boots “R” Us

Boots, boots, boots… by Arturo Godoy

Boots, boots, boots…

I bet you didn’t know that there is town near Antigua Guatemala where one can choose from a large selection of boots, or even have them custom-made for you. The town of Pastores, about 5 kilometers from Antigua Guatemala, is famous for the quality and craftsmanship of their custom-made shoes and boots. Of course, there are hundreds of ready-made boots and shoes to choose from at the many shoe-maker shops, but if there’s time it is better to have them made to your specific desires.

If next time you visit La Antigua Guatemala you have the time, make sure you have a suit and shoes or boots custom-made for you. You will appreciate the high quality of the craftsmanship as well as be surprised of how inexpensive custom-made goods are in Guatemala.

text and photo by Arturo Godoy.

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  • Very few shoe shops here have my size so I just might have to go custom-made one of these days — especially for boots!

    I’m back, Rudy. 🙂

  • Eric

    I attended an anthropology class last night where the professor talked about the disappearance of “face-to-face business” in the “modern world”, and I laughed, and asked him if he’d ever visited Guatemala. (He had, and soon he laughed, too – so much for generalizations!) I am always very happy when you and Rudy highlight aldeas or tiendas where the people make something right there, and I love the guatemalteco eagerness to make customized goods.
    Great photo, Arturo. Of course, I would have to move to the land of eternal spring to enjoy all of the beautiful things in your photos. There just aren’t suitcases big enough to carry them all !

  • @Arturo, have you ordered custom-made shoes from Pastores?

  • Begonia

    Before my husband’s last trip to Guatemala, he sent his uncle (a zapatero in Pastores) a link to some shoes that he wanted custom-made. His uncle made a beautiful pair of very fashionable shoes that looked just like the image he sent.

    There was only one problem: When my husband came home and walked outside on our cold cold sidewalk, he discovered that his uncle didn’t think to include insulation in the sole! So now he has to wait until summer before he can wear the shoes comfortably!

  • @Hilda, :), yes, you should visit Pastores, you won’t regret it 🙂

    @Eric, thaaaaank you!!! 🙂 Well, let us know when you get here, I bet Rudy will also be up for a photo trip 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s funny the story about your anthropology teacher, a good one indeed!!! 🙂

    @Rudy, no, I haven’t, but I will when I find a design that I like 🙂

    @Begonia, woooooow!!! But I’m glad the shoes were made just like the image!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Thank you very much to everybody!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • I have had two pair of boots custom-made there. Craftsmanship is very good and prices are very reasonable. I paid Q300.00 (about $37.00) for each pair.

    • @Santiago, Q300 is an awesome price. The last pair of shoes I bought in Guatemala City were close to Q1,000. 🙁

      • Santiago

        @Rudy, It is also possible to buy other leather good such as vests, caps, etc. at very reasonable prices. BTW, they can also repair shoes, boots, etc., so when your Q1,000 shoes start to fall apart…..