My name is Christina Ballard and I am a true Texas girl born and bred! My sister and I grew up playing in stock rooms of the shoes stores my parents owned in Austin. As little ones rows and rows of shoes, back alleys, and giant shipping boxes became a magical playful land for us. I learned everything I know about retail from my two incredible parents. My favorite memory of our family business was the few years we all worked side by side. Dad, Mom, my big sister, and I created a moment in time that most families never get to experience. It was once in a lifetime and it was magical. Little did I know 10 plus years later I would be using everything I absorbed to create my own business.
Before Old Smokeys I spent 10 years living in the City of Angels making my way as an actress. I loved every part of that journey from the auditions to the bookings. BUT as I approached that 10th year my heart was beginning to change. As an artist, I longed for a new way to create. So I prayed. I prayed for God to give me something new, something of my own, and something where I could express myself authentically. After relentless prayers I woke up one day with an overwhelming sense to rework a pair of 12 year old boots. These boots came from the last store my family and I worked at together but I had never worn those boots. I took treasures out of my closet, bought some leather glue, and went to town. My hands seem to move on their own. The design just fell onto the boot. When they were finished I fell in love!
I wore those boots around everywhere and everywhere I went I got stopped. Girls were wanting to know where I got my boots. In a literal lightbulb moment I instantly felt this was my new calling. Now OSB has landed in almost every city in the USA, and sold internationally in Germany, Canada, & Australia. I am so passionate about my business and I hope you feel the love I pour into every pair!
I look back on my time with my family and I see that God was setting me up for OSB. This is my testimony. And every single word is TRUE.
WHAT ARE OLD SMOKEYS?
Old Smokeys Boots are reworked, one of a kind, badass boots whipped up by my two hands. I hunt for only the best vintage boots around and then I breathe new life into them. OSB blends the rock and roll world with the wild west in a fresh and funky way.
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