Vintage boots

One of the most famous of all “factory” cowboy boots was the “Golden Angus,” made by the now-defunct Acme Boot Company (no, not run by Wile E. Coyote). This design was made in the fifties and sixties, and was described, as in the ad below, as “the most beautiful Western boots ever created.”  They featured a bull head inlaid with leather, including golden-colored horns and cheeks. The design and gold-leather explains the boot’s name:

Golden angus

They weren’t of course the most beautiful boots of all; there were plenty of custom makers back then turning out not only prettier boots, but sturdier ones. The Golden Angus was, after all, mass-produced. Still, they’ve assumed an iconic status among boot collectors, for they were unique among factory boots in their creative design.

And so I was excited to find a pair for virtually nothing on eBay, and in good condition, too.  The “pulls” on the boots (those straps on the top that help you put them on) have printing inside that leads me to think these were made in the very late 50s or early 60s. At any rate, they’re over fifty years old.

More art-loving boot collectors call them “the Guernica boots” for obvious reasons:

P1040777The bull in Picasso’s Guernica (1937):


Note the unusual “toe bug” (the stitching near the toe; each make has his/her own identifying pattern):




  1. Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Lovely. I can see that ladies have a definite advantage in showing off ‘cowboy’ boots. Too pretty to cover up with jeans!

    Do kilt-wearers ever go for western boots, I wonder? That would be a sight. :)

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      I have been known to go out on the prowl wearin kilt and boots – it’s only sensible when the snow is deep and soggy and uneven. but I’ve never been persuaded, even by Jerry, to the cowboy boot camp. While they’d probably attract attention, it probably wouldn’t be attention that I’d want.
      I really need to “invest” in a drinking kilt. My good one was far too much hassle to get to risk it on the lash.

      • Diana
        Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

        I’d think that men, needing to empty their bladders more often while drinking, would find kilts cumbersome when bar hopping.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

          I don’t see why. Move sporran to the side, one- or two- handed lift, aim and fire. Nothing unduly complicated.

      • Posted November 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

        What kind of boots did you wear when a kiltin’, Aidan?

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:06 am | Permalink

          Hill-walking boots. No crampons – the nightclub bouncers don’t like them because the splinter the dance floor.
          Given a choice between sartorial elegance and skiteing ass over tit in the snow, I’ll take the walking boots, thanks.

          • Chris
            Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

            Yep, the kilt does require a boot of particular sturdiness to set it off correctly!

          • Posted November 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

            Thanks for the insight. I paid special notice of the boots of the Scottish Regiment bagpipers today during the Remembrance Day parade. Love a man in kilt playing a bagpipe! They had lovely white boots that brilliantly set off the tartan, but the boots don’t look terribly warm for today’s cold wintry weather.

            Pssst.. I don’t mean to pry, Aidan, but about that other age-old mystery, is it commando or no? ;)

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted November 12, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

              “Traditional” refers to no underwear. Whether or not you shave is not a question I’ve ever discussed (which is the normal meaning of “going commando” in the circles I move in.)

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  3. Diana
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I like the red eyes of the bull.

  4. kansaskitty
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Ah, I remember Acme boots very well. My granddad had a department store in a small town in Kansas in the 50′s & 60′s. He sold a lot of Acme boots to the local farmers and ranchers. Brings back fond memories!

  5. Lianne Byram
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Very nice. Love the colour.

  6. Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Jerry, how’s the quality compare with these vintage mass-produced boots and the custom ones you generally prefer?


    • Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Definitely lower quality, but still much higher than regular non-cowboy boots that most people wear. I got these mostly for their historical value.

  7. Achrachno
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I see in the ad that these are endorsed by genuine TV cowboys.

  8. rainbowwarriorlizzie
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & THE SIEGE OF BRITAIN POLITICAL JOURNAL and commented:
    I had to share these awesome vintage boots they definitely have the Wow Factor!!

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