Although cowboy boots appear to be the favorite footwear for most of Wallowa County, Alkahest Moccasins and Leathercrafts may change that. The business, owned by Dustin Lyons and Tera Ptacek, recently moved to Wallowa County to ply their craft in their workshop on the west side of Wallowa Lake. Alkahest is an alchemy term for a universal solvent.

“We tend to joke that our shoes are going to solve all your problems,” Ptacek said. “I also like to think of it as taking something raw and turning it into gold.”

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