It may actually snow in Chicago today, so it’s time to don some sturdy boots that don’t mind a bit of slush. These are Lucchese “San Antonios,” made about thirty years ago when the Lucchese Boot Company was making just one kind of “factory” boot in the eponymous Texas town. It was perhaps the best mass-produced boot ever made in America: the quality was impeccable, almost equivalent to that of a custom boot. But you bought them off the rack. Now, sadly, the company makes at least three lines of boots, with the bottom two being flimsy and the top line, the Lucchese “classics,” being of good quality but not as good as the standard boot of yore.
Here are some sturdy Lucchese San Antonios. They will never wear out; I can just get them resoled if they need it. They show a bit of their age, but I like that.