Mercedes, TX Boot Walk

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Mercedes is the boot capital of Texas. Cowboy boot that is. Boot manufactures have called Mercedes home for many years including the Rios of Mercedes Boot Company which has been in business since 1853. In an effort to draw attention and to be sure it continued to be known as the boot capital, the city invested $58,000 in a public art project consisting of 30 handcrafted 5 1/2 foot tall cowboy boot statues dispersed throughout the city.

The cowboy boot statues are constructed of aluminum and welded by hand. Each is painted with the colors and logos of colleges and universities in the United States and Mexico with the majority of boots depicting schools from the State of Texas. There is also a boot representing the Mercedes High School.

Taking the Mercedes Boot Walk and locating all the statues was a challenge we couldn’t turn down. We were able to find 29 out of 30 statues on our first attempt. The Harvard University boot eluded us on this visit!

Texas A&I University - Javelinas
Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Islanders
University of Notre Dame - Fighting Irish
School of Hard Knocks
University of Oregon - Mighty Ducks
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Vaqueros
Southern Methodist University - Mustangs
University of Texas at Brownsville - Ocelots
University of Houston - Cougars
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León - Tigers
Texas Woman's University - Pioneers
South Texas College - Jaguars
University of North Texas - Mean Green
Mercedes High School - Tigers
Texas A&M Kingsville - Javelinas
Texas State University - Bobcats
Texas Lutheran College - Bulldogs
St. Edward's University - Hilltoppers
Tecnológico de Monterrey - Rams
University of Texas - Long Horns
Texas A&M - Aggies
University of Texas at San Antonio - Roadrunners
St. Mary's University - Rattlers
Baylor University - Bears
Texas Tech - Red Raiders
Rice University - Owls
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Texas State Technical College - Tornados
University of Texas Pan American - Broncs


We missed one of the boots on our first try so we just had to go back and locate it. Here is the missing boot from Harvard!!!

Harvard University - Crimson

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6 thoughts on “Mercedes, TX Boot Walk”

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      The Texas Woman’s University – Pioneers boot statue is located on the corner of North Texas Avenue and Hidalgo Street. It is right next to the H-E-B Fuel station at 209 N Texas Ave, Mercedes, TX 78570. GPS coordinates are 26.152975, -97.913389. Hope that helps, have fun finding all the boots!

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    I moved to the RGV in 2017 and just discovered these boots last year. The city’s page only lists 25 boots; however all of the online literature says were originally 30. I saw an article about the Texas A&M Corpus Christi boot being added as #31, yet it is in the original list of 29 images you shared. I’m wondering if the floods and/or hurricanes in the last 2-3 years has caused some to be lost. My hobby is Geocaching and I’m getting ready to do some hides near some of the boots. Your images are terrific and I was wondering if I could have permission to use them on the boot cache pages that I create.

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      Hi Kathleen –

      Thanks you for checking out our “boot collection”. We had a lot of fun searching the area for the various boots.

      We love to go Geocaching and would be happy to share our photos.

      David & Kathy Boland

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        Kathleen Stevens

        Thanks for permission to use your photos. I used your grouped photo for the background image on all 5 cache pages and specific individual boot photos on the four boots walking pages. I crested a fun image on the bonus cache page using my photos. Here’s a list of the GC codes.
        Mystery Caches: #1 GC9AWK6; #2 GC9AX6W; #3 GC9AYVV; AND #4 GC9AYY8.
        Bonus Cache: GC9AZ0J.

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