Costume designer Van Broughton Ramsey said ageing fabrics was one of the most time-consuming parts of the costume department’s job. Vintage-styled fabrics would be sanded, washed and dried many times, sanded and washed again in order to look worn. Different costumes were aged at different levels for various times in the movie and carefully tracked for level of wear per scene since the film was not shot in the sequence viewers see it.
Ramsey recalls that actor Tommy Lee Jones, who played the character Woodrow Call, was particular about the boots and how they felt. “We made each major character five changes of boots and gave them screen tests, and both Duvall and Tommy Lee selected the first pair they tried on, which were the ones we wanted them to use.” Once a style was selected, Ramsey had multiple pairs of duplicate boots made.