Arizona’s rodeo season starts in earnest in February, but you can find quality Western clothing here all year long. From classic, handcrafted Old West gun holsters and classic cowboy boots to the latest in Wild West-inspired retro fashions – your shopping options are wide as the open frontier.
For generations, movie stars, rock ’n’ roll musicians and country music legends have sought out Nogales’ Paul Bond Boots for handmade, designer cowboy boots. The shop has designed footwear for the likes of John Wayne, Johnny Cash and Gene Autry – and many less-famous folks who still appreciate fine boot making.
PK BootMaker’s Northern Arizona Leatherworks in Prescott features bespoke, vividly colored boots with custom designs inspired by Southwestern icons, including saguaros, American Indian symbols and even the copper-star-and-sunset-clad Arizona flag.
In Tucson, Stewart Custom Boots creates one-of a-kind Western boots made from a variety of exotic materials including crocodile, ostrich and stingray.
J Gilbert Footwear’s Tucson and Scottsdale boutiques offer elegant clothing and jewelry, and luscious Lucchese cowboy boots in a rainbow of colors.
Boots also predominate at Saba’s, which operates several stores in the metro Phoenix region.
Hally’s Custom Hats, located in Cave Creek, builds hats for working ranch cowboys and cowgirls, as well as rodeo competitors. Its ladies show hats are particularly striking, boasting brims accented with exotic skins, beading, decorative cross stitching or rhinestone bling.
Watson’s Hat Shop, also in Cave Creek, builds classic cattlemen’s headgear, as well as jaunty Western derby hats, cool panamas and snappy fedoras.
Firearms tamed the Wild West, and Tombstone-based Wm Brown Holster Co. creates handmade leather items like authentic Western holsters and rifle scabbards, as well as reproduction gun belts popularized in Western “B movies” of the 1930s and 40s.
If you’re looking for more contemporary leatherwork, though, you’ll find it in abundance at Tucson’s Dark Star Leather, which specializes in intricately designed handbags, fashion belts and wallets, often inset with semi precious gemstones like turquoise and malachite.
For working cowboys, Wickenburg’s Double D Western World carries leather goods like Western saddles, sturdy work boots and horse tack, along with livestock feed and ranching supplies. The well-stocked store also carries goods for urban cowboys and cowgirls, including dress boots, Western shirts, and felt and straw hats.
Old West Meets New West
No article on Western wear would be complete without mention of “retro” Western duds. Hydra, with stores in Bisbee and Tucson, specializes in outré fashions – including colorful embroidered shirts reminiscent of Hollywood B-grade Westerns, rockabilly gear and classic cowboy boots and hats. Hydra also reaches out to the young devotees of steampunk fashion – a blend of Old West-inspired clothing and science fiction gadgetry – with top hats, lace-up corsets, petticoats, replica military jackets, old timey pocket watches, Jules Verne-style goggles and the like.
In Tombstone, Bandit & Belle sells period wear like men’s gunfighter dusters and Western frock coats, and elegant 1880s-style ladies attire, including bustled skirts, Victorian-era lace up boots and delicate Battenburg lace parasols.
Sedona’s Cowboy Corral caters to visitors looking for historic wear as well as to today’s horsemen and horsewomen. The store carries antique saddles and other tack, Old West gun holsters and 19th-century-style clothing for men, women and children, such as beaver-fur hats, cavalry shirts and “union suits.”
Circle Q Western Wear, located alongside Flagstaff’s famed Route 66, sells everything for the contemporary cowboy, including boots, hats, vests and jeans by Wrangler, Cinch, Levi and Carhartt.
Historic Willcox Commercial Store, which sold staple goods to hardscrabble frontiersmen in the 1880s, is now a clothing and general store