New Year, New Boots
Fabulously femme Texas boot brand kicks up first Houston boutique with posh pop-up in River Oaks
Just in time for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, City Boots, the Texas-based handmade, top-shelf boots, is opening its first store in Houston. The brand's posh River Oaks District pop-up will open from February 16 through May 15.
Known for her iconic, limited-edition Heart Boot and Lightning Boots, Amarillo native and founder Lizzy Chesnut Bentley’s designs boast an elevated, feminine, and flattering fit made with premium materials that have garnered the brand a legion of loyal customers.
The Houston store will be the third for City Boots – their first opened in 2019 in Fort Worth, and their second in Dallas’ Deep Ellum opened in spring 2022.
“Our styles are perfect for any look, whether dressing up or everyday casual,” City Boots founder and CEO Lizzy Chesnut Bentley tells CultureMap in an exclusive chat. “The interior design elements Wills Design Associates curated from Round Top and beyond capture the essence of City Boots and the classic simplicity of the new Houston line.”
“We are also partnering with a local nonprofit, Sandal Gap Studio to showcase artwork throughout the store. We know our City Boots customers will love our new store in River Oaks District, and we can’t wait to dress them in our classic Texas footwear.”
For the store, Bentley turned to Lauren Wills Grover of Wills Design Associates to bring her vision of South Texas meets River Oaks District to life. The 30-plus styles of boots will be complemented by vintage wood and leather pieces, pops of color, and cactus. The space will center around ranch house-style and a living room area with leather couches so customers can slip on boots while admiring floating shelves along the walls showcasing the iconic collections.
“I have roots in Houston and the first steps of bringing City Boots to life happened in this city,” Bentley adds in a statement. “After graduating college, I began my oil and gas career in Houston and this opportunity to launch the new Houston Collection in its namesake city right before the Houston Rodeo was the perfect fit.”
Six new styles, dubbed the Houston Collection, will launch at the opening and will be exclusive to the Houston store for the first week before being available online. Notably, Houston Ballet dancers served as models for the collection's debut photography.
The City Boots pop-up runs February 16 - May 15; Monday through Saturday 11 am – 7 pm; and Sunday 12 – 6 pm; River Oaks District – 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite E130.