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:
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:
The bull in Picasso’s Guernica (1937):
Note the unusual “toe bug” (the stitching near the toe; each make has his/her own identifying pattern):