New Age, Same Boots
In 1971, 103-year-old Joseph Holick passed away, leaving his
beloved business in the hands of his son, Johnnie. When an
energetic 21-year-old with a passion for bootmaking walked
into the shop 20 years later, Johnnie knew he wanted the
youngster as his apprentice.
Leo Belovoskey Jr. trained with Johnnie, learning the
bootmaking process just as Johnnie had learned from his
father. Following Johnnie’s passing in 2002, his daughters
sold the business to his protégé in 2005. Shortly after,
Belovoskey relocated Holick’s to a property in Westgate Plaza
due to rising rent prices on Northgate.
Since 2006, Belovoskey has seen thousands of cadets come
through his shop, their eyes lighting up as they get measured,
try on their boots for the first time or leave with their
“When I was in high school, I wasn’t anyone special,”
Belovoskey said, with tears in his eyes. “Then suddenly, I’m
deeply rooted in a Texas A&M tradition where cadets see me as
this legendary craftsman. I’m honored. At the same time, I’m
As for the future, Holick’s will maintain its famed tradition
and detailed handiwork, carefully crafting the distinctive
boots every cadet is eager to earn.
“As long as the Corps needs boots, there will be business,”
Belovoskey concluded. “I have the best job in town because I
get to witness the Corps journey. On the walk to the
measurement chair, something happens, and the cadets almost
glow—that is a special feeling.”
On the walk to the measurement chair, something happens, and
the cadets almost glow — that is a special feeling.”
-Leo Belovoskey Jr.