Ratite boots

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.

Boots 1

boots 2

Yup, it’s ostrich all the way down.Picture 2

21 Comments

  1. Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    One needs a cassowary belt to complete the flightless stud ensemble.

    • Dominic
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

      To eat a missionary!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      Poor cassowaries! Where is hopalongcassowary to comment!? :)

  2. Dominic
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    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! :)

  3. Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    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 ] )

    Blue

  4. David Duncan
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    They look in very good condition for 35+ year old boots. Do you wear them much?

  5. Notagod
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Ceiling cat must be keeping a row to Its self as I can only see six rows of nice stitching?

  6. Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    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!

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Ah, sparrow-camel! (struthokamelos) :D

  8. krzysztof1
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    That’s an awesome statue of turtles! Wonder where that is?

  9. moarscienceplz
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    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?

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      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.

      • Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        There’s no tooling or embossing, just stitching on the natural hide.

  10. krzysztof1
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    After way too much time searching, I found the location of the turtle sculpture. It is on Mackinac Island, Michigan. See this link:

    http://goo.gl/D4PCZx

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      It is an awesome statue. I’d love a replica.

  11. Mary L
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Good looking hide. I found the meat too gamey for me, even with plenty of gravy.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      That’s why, no matter how hungry, I never eat my boots or shoes. ;)

      • Mary L
        Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        LOL! I’m serious, though. I’ve eaten ostrich.

        • Posted November 20, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

          We have ostrich steaks in our supermarkets – it is red meat and tastes a lot like beef but is very lean.

    • Posted November 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      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.

      /@

      • Mary L
        Posted November 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        I remember the ad pointing out that fact. Ours was from a local farm.


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