It’s chilly, and so it’s time to deep-six the flip flops—and their annoying propensity to blow out when stepping on pop-tops—for boots. Here’s a custom pair made for me by the estimable Tex Robin of Abilene, Texas. It was a real trip to go to that West Texas town, have my feet measured (that takes a long time, as they make a proper last for the boot based on the measurements), and meet the irascible but immensely skilled Robin.
These are calf, and I like the slanted box toes and stitching on the vamps (footpiece). These are, of course, made completely by hand.
Here are Tex and I in his shop when I was measured for the boots several years ago. He’s holding one of his prize productions: