It’s not easy to find full-ostrich boots. Surprisingly, ostrich is one of the toughest hides there is, and these boots, Lucchese “San Antonios,” probably from the 1970s, are built like a tank. And they have seven rows of nice stitching.
Yup, it’s ostrich all the way down.
One needs a cassowary belt to complete the flightless stud ensemble.
To eat a missionary!
Poor cassowaries! Where is hopalongcassowary to comment!? :)
Very pretty! I am a great shoe destroyer… I walk hard & fast & everywhere. Maybe an Argentinian WEIT reader can get you boots made from Rhea pennata! :)
Lovely ! Galápagan lovely — ALL !
(Well, I do not recall ostriches on the islas ! but O, yes, the Other ! = as I trekked around the Archipiélago in … … boots ! [ o’course ] )
They look in very good condition for 35+ year old boots. Do you wear them much?
Ceiling cat must be keeping a row to Its self as I can only see six rows of nice stitching?
I am sort of envious – I was an unconditional boot wearer but could never afford real cowboy boots… and now that I do have a wee bit of money tucked away, I can’t purchase any because here in Switzerland there is only one width size which is rather narrow, and my feet have broadened over the past ten or so years. So, I’ll have to content myself with admiring your stupendous collection!
Ah, sparrow-camel! (struthokamelos) :D
That’s an awesome statue of turtles! Wonder where that is?
Wow, the artwork on the shafts surprises me. Ostrich can’t be tooled in the normal manner (I’ve dabbled a bit in leather tooling). Is that machine embossing, Jerry?
Oh, now that I super-magnified the picture, I see that it is the seven rows of stitching you referred to that makes the design. I’ve never seen that method before. Thanks for showing these, Jerry.
There’s no tooling or embossing, just stitching on the natural hide.
After way too much time searching, I found the location of the turtle sculpture. It is on Mackinac Island, Michigan. See this link:
It is an awesome statue. I’d love a replica.
Good looking hide. I found the meat too gamey for me, even with plenty of gravy.
That’s why, no matter how hungry, I never eat my boots or shoes. ;)
LOL! I’m serious, though. I’ve eaten ostrich.
We have ostrich steaks in our supermarkets – it is red meat and tastes a lot like beef but is very lean.
We have ostrich steaks and burgers in our local farmers’ market – it is red meat and tastes a lot like beef but is very lean.
I remember the ad pointing out that fact. Ours was from a local farm.
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