Northwest Boot Weekend to be held in Portland, OR, February 8-10 - The Leather Journal

Northwest Boot Weekend to be held in Portland, OR, February 8-10

Northwest Boot Weekend 2013 will be held Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10 in Portland, OR and is an event intended for bootblacks, boot and Leather enthusiasts of all experiences and persuasions to come together for a weekend of fun and learning. The size of the event fosters an intimate atmosphere that couples presentations by avid enthusiasts with opportunities to share knowledge and skills during informal group gatherings.


Organizers for the Northwest Boot Weekend have continued with their controversial stand from last year. "No program book, no name badges, no wristbands, no swag bags; we want to reduce complexity, effort and costs to provide an accessible and affordable event for everyone. All bootblack tips go to the bootblacks and they can keep or donate their tips however they choose," say the organizers.

Boot Weekend will begin with an official meet and greet on Friday at 7 PM to give attendees plenty of time to return from visiting Langlitz Leathers and Wesco Boot Company with plenty of bootblack stands on hand.

Workshops begin at noon and continue until 6 PM on Saturday, February 9 at the Sindicate, 5224 SE Foster Road, Portland. Cost for the workshops is $30 and all major credit cards will be accepted.

The play party will be at the Sindicate, starting at 8 PM on Saturday; doors close at midnight and the party continues until 2 AM. Cost is $15 before 9 PM and $20 afterward.

Sunday boot brunch starts at noon, Sunday February 10 at Sunshine Tavern, 3111 SE Division, Portland. Check their web site for details and menu at:

Special guests at the Northwest Boot Weekend will include International Mr Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott and International Community Bootblack 2012 Ruin.
Anyone interested in presenting at boot weekend should submit their proposals to after visiting for additional requirements. Deadline for submissions is January 1.

Wesco Boot Company is located about 20 miles North of downtown Portland in Scappoose, OR ( and is open until 4 PM, Friday and is closed on Saturday.

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