Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold
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Artist Series - Kelsey Archbold

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Alvies x Kelsey Archbold

Kelsey’s intimate feel of place is what drew us to her art, while her work with Coral and Kingsnakes made us fall in love (more on that, from her, below). Her oil paintings of the nature found around the Texas Hill Country explore the big questions of time, memory, life, and rebirth. Kelsey grew up in Alaska & England and has an impressive art pedigree. Her work has been exhibited at the H&R Block Artspace in KC, The Austin Art Garage, The Artpost, The Georgetown Art Center, and is permanently installed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here is what she had to say about the project:

“For my snake paintings, I like to pair the coral snake and kingsnake. Coral snakes are
venomous while kingsnakes are benign. The rhyme to tell the difference goes:
‘Red on black, venom lack. Red on yellow, kill a fellow.’ Sometimes a thing looks scary but is harmless. Other times something looks harmless but can hurt you. At these crossroads, a simple rhyme isn’t always handy for telling the difference between species of snakes; knowing the difference must be learned. I also depict the coral snakes and kingsnakes in my art because they are native to the Texas Hill Country. I am an advocate of the safe capture and release of snakes. I would like it very much if my art can alter the negative perception of snakes, even venomous ones, leading people to call a snake handler instead of reaching for the shovel.”

Kelsey Archbold, Austin, TX

Hand built. Hand painted.

Always a fan of all things hand-made, anything expressing creativity or individuality, and going out of our way to shine a light on those making their own way, we're more than proud (even a little tickled) to present the first-possibly-something-annual Alvies Artist Series. We asked nine of our favorite artists to bring our best-selling boot, The Rainey, to life in their own unique story. We're proud to show-off their work of art, and offer (extremely) limited pairs (some sizes are 1 of 1) for sale, only at

Fast Break-In Fit 

Our boots break in quickly thanks to a wider toe. After just a few days, they’ll feel like an old friend.

Blue heel stripe

Why? It lets everyone know you roll with Alvies. “If there’s no blue stripe, it’s not worth the hype.” — Willy Shakespeare

1-A Toebug 

You’ll only find this beautiful stitching pattern on Alvies boots.

Signature Features

  • Built to last: A ¾ Goodyear welt, full leather toe and leather heel counter give you years and years of wear
  • Made with sole: A comfort insole with cork footbed plus leather midsole and outsole make Alvies boots easy on your feet
  • Zip it: Side zipper for easy on/off (also looks cool)
  • 100% leather: Full cowhide upper (vamp, counter, shaft, and lining)
  • Well heeled: Stacked leather heel, hard EVA middle lining, non-slip rubber bottom
  • Well toed: Classic J toe with a snipped bottom sole
  • Heel to pull strap: 7”
  • Shaft circumference: 12”-13”
  • Heel height: 1.75”

Handmade in León, Mexico

Alvies boots and leather flip-flops are made by one of the oldest and most respected bootmakers in León, the bootmaking capital of the world. History fact: León has been a shoemaking hub since 1645. Many of the bootmaking OGs in our ethical factory have been crafting boots by hand for decades. They use traditional methods and are paid a fair wage for their skills.