TV Show Reunites Musician With CABOOTS In El Paso 30 Years Later
Here's how a new Netflix TV show about cars inadvertently reunites a musician with one of El Paso's most famous boot makers, CABOOTS, thirty years later.
For four generations, CABOOTS, one of El Paso's most famous and oldest boot makers in the Sun City, continues to make custom cowboy boots for celebrities and rock stars worldwide.
Since the late 1920s, the El Paso boot company CABOOTS has made handmade cowboy boots for El Pasoans, Hollywood, celebs, rock stars, and the like.
CABOOTS, along with other local bootmakers such as Tony Lama, Lucchese, and many others, often welcome celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Pine, Jeff Bezos, and hundreds more every year, seeking an authentic customized pair of boots.
Caboots stands apart from all the others because while they all share celebrity clientele, CAbOOTS has been featured at the White House, worn by celebs on the pages of Playboy, and has also had a long-standing reputation with rock stars for decades.
Celebrity Customers Include:
- Tanya Tucker
- Guns N Roses
- Black Crows
- The Statler Brothers
- Doyle Lawson
- Bonnie Raitt
- Robert Plant
- Bill Clinton
- Rick Perry
- Nancy Pelosi
- System of a Down
- Ray Vincent
- Cirque Du Soliel
- Rob Halford of Judas Priest
- Skid Row
- Great White
- The Cult
- Adrian Vandenberg of Whitesnake
- Rudy Sarzo
- White Lion
- Tom Cochrane
- Gregg Rolie
- Journey and many others
Just last month, Rikki Rockett of the 80s hair band Poison was back in El Paso, where a new Netflix car show and pair of boots brought the musician and CABOOTS full circle after 30 years.
Back in the day, CABOOTS would often host trunk shows with all the major rock stars of the time, from Kiss to Bon Jovi, Motley Crue to Poison, and at one point, its cowboy boots were featured in two or more MTV videos every week.
There was even one week in 1991 where every video in the top 10 featured a pair of custom-made CABOOTS.
One of those bands was Poison, whose drummer Rikki Rockett, at the time, ended up with a pair of custom-made CABOOTS.
Thirty years later, thanks to Mike Coy (Fast N' Loud / Gas Monkey Garage) and a new untitled Netflix car show still in the making was filming in El Paso earlier this summer with one of the cars slated for Rockett.
Coy thought it'd be a great idea if he could get a custom pair of boots to match the car and hit up CABOOTS to surprise the drummer.
Little did he know that Rockett had been searching for CABOOTS all this time to purchase another pair of boots after falling in love with his first pair 30 years ago.
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It turns out that CaBOOTS had kept Rikki Rockett's measurements after all this time, and once Rockett was in El Paso, he hit up the shop and ordered another pair of drumming boots in black and blue suede.
Over the years, CABOOTS has also worked with Hollywood, supplying boots for movies such as National Treasure, 3:10 to Yuma, Days of Thunder, and Top Gun (volleyball scene), to name but a few.
Another of CABOOTS' biggest Hollywood movie clients is none other than the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as well as supplying the boots for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean rides.
And it doesn't end there because according to CABOOTS, the Pirates of the Caribbean boots are so popular they receive up to six orders a day for these boots from all over the world by Jack Sparrow reenactors.
It's no secret that El Paso has become known as the "boot capital of the world" – which fittingly is a phrase coined by none other than third-generation CABOOTS family member Joe Sanchez.
Also, if you happen to notice that one of the main employees looks familiar, it's none other than Joey of El Paso's popular band, Fungi Mungle. Joey and Pricilla Sanchez (business partner and wife) took over the family business to create the new iteration of CABOOTS (an acronym of Champion Attitude Boots), running the company for the last 40 years.
After nearly a century in business, CABOOTS was just recognized in June by the Texas Historical Commission. Hopefully, it will continue to put El Paso on the map for another 100 years, thanks to its generational and authentic custom handmade cowboy boots.