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The scoop on Rick Scott's boots: Made by boot maker to presidents



boots.jpgCabinet meeting or church. Blue suit or black. There’s one thing you can always count on from Gov. Rick Scott. He’ll be wearing cowboy boots. He started sporting a custom pair made of alligator skin stamped with “Governor” in gold before the inauguration. 

In Washington, D.C. recently, he showed off a new pair to Greta Van Susteren – black calf skin, embossed with the seal of Florida. Check them out at the right.

"They said the seal was really hard to do," Scott said Tuesday as he pulled up a pant leg to reveal the art before a Facebook town hall.

The maker? Rocky Carroll, owner of RJ’s Boots in Houston, who has tooled leather for every president since Jimmy Carter. (Barack Obama’s not getting a pair, he said. "He’s giving our money away.")

Carroll said he was put in touch with Scott by the governor’s director of external affairs, Spencer Geisseinger, whom he describes in his Texas as drawl as "A friend of mine. Used to work with President Bush."

"He called me and asked me to get a pair for the governor and then he called me and asked me to do a second pair," Carroll said.

Carroll wouldn’t say how much Scott paid for the boots or if he paid for them at all. He did say the governor wears a size 10 and that pairs like his run from $500 to $2,500.

And he confirmed that the seal was a challenge: “Oh my God it was hard. It’s so intricate.”


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:59am]


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