A few things come to mind when we think of this bootmaker from the Valley – delicious, down home South Texas Mexican food, quality, handmade cowboys boots (well, duh), and family. Rios of Mercedes Boot Company has been family owned and operated since 1853. The company was founded by the Rios family from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and has been with its current owners, Trainor Evans, Pat Moody and Ryan Vaughn, since 1975. This family oriented atmosphere is ingrained in the 160-year-old bones of the company. The average Rios employee has at least 18 years under their belt (or should we say boot) at the factory, and that sure says something about the company culture.
After meeting with Rios back in 2012, we knew we wanted to join the family. In 2013 Pinto Ranch launched an exclusive men’s boot line with Rios that combines their hardworking cowboy boots with our fine dress boot style. In addition to the culture, we were impressed with the quality and craftsmanship coming out of the Rios factory. Their dedication to the workmanship that goes into every boot has landed Rios endorsements from rodeo riders to famous musicians and cattlemen.
We caught up with Ryan Vaughn to learn more about the history, their family oriented culture, and why they’re so dedicated to their craft.