Austin - SoCo
2336 South Congress, Austin TX 78704
Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm
Sun 12pm - 6pm
"A little bit of Texas in Austin"
Set inside the incredible setting of the historical Walter Tips home, this is the finest bootshop in the world. Every internal detail has been meticulously preserved and exudes Old Texas. The beautiful retail spot is set against the working bootshop. All custom boots are made by hand inside the location by our Master Bootmakers.
Walter Tips (Solider, State Senator, Conductor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist). The Walter Tips home was one in which the family enjoyed the best advantages. It hosted 2 US Presidents (Roosevelt and McKinley). The home possessed a good library, both literary and musical, and Walter was a good cello player, his friends such as Messrs. Schoch and Widen and others often on hand for a piano and string quintet. At one time, he served as conductor of Austin's Saengerunde. The children all had either voice or musical instrument training, or both.
The Tips home, built by Walter in 1876 for his family, was designed in the traditional Victorian style with a strong Italian influence, having a gallery which curved around the north and east sides of the house. The interior had parquet floors, hand-carved patterned wood brought from St. Louis, and the halls and stairs were lined with dado molding, a Victorian molded wood of intricate patterns. All ceilings were twelve feet high and the plentiful windows extended from the floor to within four feet of the ceiling. Five fireplaces were located in the home, two downstairs and three upstairs. A wine cellar, as well as an apartment, was located in the basement. This impressive old home, located at 315 West Seventh Street near downtown Austin, was in danger of being razed in the name of progress in the mid-1970's. Efforts, however, by many interested parties were successful in saving the structure. It was obtained by the Franklin Savings Association and moved to the corner of South Congress and Oltorf. After extensive renovation, the home was formally dedicated on January 20, 1976