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Custom-designed and handcrafted unique pairs of boots with quality leather, upcycling used hand-woven textiles from Guatemala.
Custom-designed and handcrafted unique pairs of boots with quality leather, upcycling used hand-woven textiles from Guatemala.
32 backers pledged $2,612 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 12/14 A big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this Kickstarter project for Gray Boots. At this point we are fully funded! Yippee, it's time to celebrate! And then get to work tomorrow on all the orders! Muchas gracias!

Gray Boots creates unique high-quality and hand-crafted boots in Guatemala.  Each pair is custom-made, chosen by the client from the available styles and traditional textile options. No two pairs of boots are exactly the same - you can truly say that you designed your own pair and that they are one of a kind.  

Gray Boots will always provide the products ethically and responsibly. We strive to not only provide a high-quality fashion product but also to support local artisans so that they may keep the arts of traditional Mayan backstrap weaving and leatherwork alive.

Backstrap weaving
Backstrap weaving
Boot-making with a Singer
Boot-making with a Singer

Our products are hand-made every step of the way, from backstrap weaving to combining leather and textile using a classic Singer. Our dedicated leathersmiths and seamstresses have proven to be ready for increased production after a successful trial-run. We're ready to take your orders, and because we want to make sure that everything is just perfect, we are capping our boot orders at 15 pairs per month for this Kickstarter project. The last thing we want is to be so flooded with orders that we can't provide the best quality; Gray Boots is all about custom-making unique apparel, and that is a task that requires delicate attention to detail. 

This project will allow Gray Boots to combine shipping orders to California, from where the orders will be shipped individually to their final destination.  That means we can save on international shipping, which in turn means savings for you! You will notice that we have not added any shipping costs to the rewards, so that means you save on every order!

The Rewards

Shipping is included in all prices with no increases, so that means you save $5-$20 on each order! For more product photos, visit gray-boots.com.

$5 - Hand-written Thank You Card!

$20 - Reusable Corte Shopping Bag!

Reusable Corte Shopping Bag
Reusable Corte Shopping Bag

$25 - Santiago Sacatepéquez Headband!

Santiago Sacatepéquez Headband
Santiago Sacatepéquez Headband

Please remember: Our products are absolutely one-of-a-kind!  In the case of these headbands, they all have similar color schemes but the woven designs can vary.  We'll send you a survey at the end of the campaign to see which one you would like.

Different fajas from Santiago Sacatepéquez used to make our headbands
Different fajas from Santiago Sacatepéquez used to make our headbands

$30 - Santiago Chimaltenango Headband!

Santiago Chimaltenango Headband
Santiago Chimaltenango Headband

$199 - Design Your Own Boots!  Choose either the Short Curved Boot or the Short Straight Boot, made from your choice of textile!

Short Curved Boot
Short Curved Boot
Short Straight Boot
Short Straight Boot
Design your own boots!
Design your own boots!

 UPDATE 12/9/13: New Textile Options!

Textile Options for Boots
Textile Options for Boots

Check out the current textile options on the website!

$400 - Design A Completely New Boot with Mari!

A tall boot?  A short boot? What color leather? What type of heel?  This reward takes "custom-made" to a whole new level, and it is so much fun!

Women's Shoe Sizes
Women's Shoe Sizes

Sizing

Our custom-made boots are crafted to fit you comfortably in European sizes.  You can use this chart to find the best size for yourself.  When in doubt, we recommend ordering one size up - that way they'll fit you well with socks on.

Risks and challenges

Being in Guatemala poses unique challenges for production and shipping. Specifically, we will need to make sure that all products meet our high standards of quality. Guatemala is a gorgeous place with hard-working people, but the standards are different when dealing with products for export. We will need to make sure that at every level of production all members are working well to achieve the best product possible for our clients.

Shipping is an expected risk, and we will need to explore all options to find the best system. When we are able to bunch orders together to send to the states, the cost of shipping is reduced. For this Kickstarter project we will be able to ship in bulk to California and then from there shipped individually to each client's door.

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    A hand-written "thank you" card sent via old-school snail mail. You deserve a beautifully written REAL card for believing in Gray Boots!

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    Reusable Corte Shopping Bag for your trips to the local mercado. Save the environment and support Guatemalan artisans while you look and feel good at the market.

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    Santiago Sacatepéquez Headband. This hand-woven tradition faja (belt) from the town Santiago Sacatepéquez is given a new life as a stylish headband. Though all fajas from this town use similar colors, the woven designs can vary; we'll send you a survey at the end of the campaign to see which headband in particular you would like. You're sure to stand out in any crowd with this beautiful accessory. The headband has a black elastic to fit you comfortably.

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    Santiago Chimaltenango Headband. This unique headband is made from a hand-woven faja (belt) from the town Santiago Chimaltenango, and is hand-embroidered to provide a beautiful accent for any outfit. The headband has a white elastic to fit you comfortably.

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    Custom-designed and handcrafted pair of Short Straight Boots or Short Curved Boots. Perfect for a holiday gift - let your girlfriend, loved one (or just yourself!) design her own pair! There's no way you can go wrong with a unique gift like this.

    Take a look at the currently available textiles (subject to slight variation) at gray-boots.com.

    Each pair comes inside a Reusable Corte Shopping Bag!

    We will get in touch with you to take your order at the end of the campaign.

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    Custom-designed and handcrafted pair of Short Straight Boots or Short Curved Boots. Choose from many textile options to design your own pair of one-of-a-kind boots!

    Take a look at the currently available textiles (subject to slight variation) at gray-boots.com.

    Each pair comes inside a Reusable Corte Shopping Bag!

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    Work with Mari to design a completely new style of boots for yourself! You can start from scratch, choosing leather tone, height, width, heel... just about everything about boots. And, of course, the textile! We can communicate via email, and we'll ship your dream boots out to you when they're just perfect.

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