John Allen Woodward’s Handmade Red Hornback Alligator Boots Star in Netflix Series “The Get Down”
With a bold vision and a nearly unlimited budget for Netflix’s “The Get Down”, Oscar nominated writer/director Baz Luhrmann set out to find the crucial wardrobe pieces needed to tell his story. One of those pieces was found high in the Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado, and made by the hands of master shoemaker John Allen Woodward.
With the ability to spare no expense, famed costume designer Jeriana San Juan (SNL, Gossip Girl) was tasked with finding a bright red pair of hornback alligator boots on short notice, but she knew just where to turn. Always willing to go the extra mile for any client, John matched the colors, made the custom boots, and, most importantly, delivered them in less than a week—just in time for filming. “John Allen Woodward is an outstanding artisan. He makes beautiful and unique boots with unmatched craftsmanship,” Jeriana said after star Shameik Moore tried on the boots before filming (seen pictured below). “The Get Down” is available now on Netflix.
John Allen Woodward, who was also recently commissioned for Fox’s hit show “Empire,” embraces the challenges of collaborating with Hollywood and other artists. “I love the magic of making. Whether it’s shoes or boots or music, it’s real magic. You have a vision that only you can see. You sit at a bench with the raw materials and will it into being. At the end of the day the image becomes real. Real magic.”
About John Allen Woodward
John Allen Woodward is one of the few remaining American artisans still crafting fine leather, silver and gold accessories by hand. All of John’s work features his signature and commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship and design. From his Rocky Mountain studio, John creates works for clients representing the most influential and discerning leaders in entertainment, industry and fashion.
John got his start in Nashville, Tennessee, where he pursued a songwriting and singing career. After meeting a bootmaker to the stars in a local club, he started an apprenticeship working on boots for the most well-known entertainers in the country music world. John followed his passion west and founded Woodward Boots in San Diego, California in 1992.
After opening retail stores in La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California, John moved his studio to the Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado, where he lives today with his wife Angie and trusted companion Rocky (a golden retriever).