Fancy boots

I’d forgotten I have these (just call me the Ymelda Marcos of boots), but they’re an awesome pair, and I came across them rummaging around for footwear yesterday morning.

They’re custom made by Terry Stanley of El Paso, Texas, for some guy whose name started with “A”. (There’s a silver leather “A” inlaid on each shaft, but it doesn’t show when I’m wearing them.) They have very fancy hand stitching, “foxing” (onlaid leather) on the heel, and wingtips in two types of ostrich (belly and half-quill).  Pulls are ostrich as well. The blue leather is calf.

Boot 1

boots 2

28 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    They are most beautiful, and I am glad to see that you wear your jeans over them and not tucked in them. That’s what real cowboys do (my husband is 5th generation Texan and cowboy, so he’s my authority on the subject!). I take it that you also avoid rhinestone-studded cowboy shirts like the plague… :D

  2. Posted October 25, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    “A” for “atheist”! (Also “aggressive”, “anarchistic”, “arrogant”, … )

    /@

    • AdamK
      Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:37 am | Permalink

      Or for Ant or Allan?

      I’ve always found A to be a perfectly respectable initial myself.

  3. Dominic
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    ‘rummaging’?! I always imagine you to have some fantastic computerised system a bit like a modern docks, where you put in your criteria for the day (rain boot/sun boots etc) & a choice appears from which you then select, the boots being delivered by a mechanical arm.

    We could do a cladistic analysis of the boots perhaps, based on designers, leather types & colours or patterns, descending from some ur-boot lost in the mists of time!

    • Dominic
      Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:23 am | Permalink

      I feel a monograph coming on – but I am not competent to write it -
      On the Principles of Classification & the Classification of Boots…!
      Guess who I was just reading about…)

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

        You need an RFID embedded in each boot that could be scanned. :)

      • Dominic
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:47 am | Permalink

        G.G. Simpson…

  4. Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Beautiful boots. Your fanciest ones, I plum reckon.

  5. Duncan
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Best yet, in my humble boot-naive opinion

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Those have a really pretty blue colour! I always feel so first world when I find clothes & shoes I’d forgotten about. I found lots with the changing weather!

  7. JBlilie
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Wow! :)

  8. Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    LOVELY ! I am so in dumbstruck awe !

    ‘nd I would, too, … … so know ’bout believing Self to be the Y Marcos of boots ! Wholly and utterly concur w same !

  9. Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Now THAT one I want for myself!

  10. AKS
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    As a westerner, I can tell you: those are some fine boots!

  11. Jeremy Garcia
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    These are sooo freaking cool.

  12. HAMIDAH AHMAD
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Beautiful boots, i like it and i would like to have myself .

  13. michieux
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Man, these boots are works of art! Bloody marvelous!

  14. Posted October 25, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Not sure how I’d feel walking around on works of art like that. On the one hand, it’d be really neat…and, on the other, I’d feel like I was feeling up the Mona Lisa….

    b&

  15. Matt D
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I’m starting to like the look of cowboy boots for some reason.

  16. lisa parker
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    For reasons no one here cares to know, I am making some Christmas stockings. I was looking for fabric on line and found some quilted fabric with green and red western style boots on a red background and thought of you. If you weren’t a Jewish atheist, I’d offer to send you a stocking.

    • Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Why let that stop you? I’m sure he’d not only appreciate one, he’d feature it in a post.

      Shouldn’t be hard to find a mailing address for him at the University.

      b&

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Just make it a solstice stocking.:)

  17. Diane G.
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, those are the best yet–gorgeous!

  18. rainbowwarriorlizzie
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous collection of boots they are well awesome thank you for sharing with us :)

  19. Posted October 28, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    I think to be called The Imelda Marcos of Boots, you would have to have purchased them all with pillaged national wealth, other people’s money.

    Erm … you haven’t, right … ?

    I came of age in rural northern Nevada and so have been surrounded by Western wear and believers for so much of my life – re: the latter, my Facebook news feed reads like a Glenn Beck followers’ chat room – that the two are conflated in my mind. Knowing that a freethinker rocks boots like that does my heart so much good I am feeling the urge to reclaim my cowboy heritage from the credulous horde! Yippee ki-yay, nonbelievers!

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Having lived in Austin during the heart of the outlaw days (Willie & Waylon & the boys), there was at least a period when the accoutrements didn’t automatically scream right-wing. Can’t agree more that Western wear is way too beautiful to be limited to one political persuasion!


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