Polar vortex boots

The slush and salt have finally abated enough that I can wear boots without fear of ruining them. But I wear tough pairs: no gator or other delicate hides.

These are by R. J. Foley, one of the few East-coast bootmakers, who made some really nice boots in Maine, but appears to have gone out of business. I have been unable to find anything about Foley or his business online. I did discover, by Googling, that Foley boots were the choice of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, a mob boss and murderer who was recently apprehended.

Guess the hide, which is the same one on vamps and shafts (rare):

Boots

33 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Buffalo hide?

  2. George
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    The current Chicago weather is not as bad as the polar vortex effect that we experienced while Jerry was off gallivanting in the balmy climes of Poland. Not sure if any cowboy boots would have stood up to that.

    • Merilee
      Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      -18C in Toronto currently…

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted January 22, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        -24C while driving to work this morning!

        • Rod
          Posted January 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

          Wusses!
          -31C in eastern Ontario today.

  3. nikkilee1
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Elk skin?

  4. Matt G
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I have a pair of Ariat boots very well suited for this weather. They are 12 inch high pull-on boots with a fairly round toe (W or U shape) and are insulated, waterproof, and have steel toes. I am ready for the Second Coming should it take place in winter.

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Elephant

  6. Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Bison

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Imported from Europe where they are in small numbers and protected? I don’t think so. :)

      • Another Tom
        Posted January 22, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        North America has it own bison which are sometimes called buffalo. In addition to the ones in National Parks, they’re also raised as livestock.

  7. Jonathan Smith
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Pig skin?? We are dying down here in Tampa Fl It’s a freezing 48.f

  8. Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    beaver tail ?

    against the harsh brutality of weather ?

    Blue

  9. Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    If they’re Bulger’s Boots, then they’re most likely made of snitch — though DA, judge, and juror are all (statistically) remote possibilities as well.

    b&

  10. Achrachno
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Nauga?

    [Sorry, but it had to be done.]

  11. Yofi
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    This isn’t about boots but it is about gangsters. My father, interestingly, used to be a messenger boy for Al Capone. The way he told it, he was given letters or papers to deliver, and he was paid “two bits” for this, a pretty good wage for a nine year old boy in the early 1920s. Similarly, I had the odd opportunity to meet Markus Wolf, the director of the East Berlin Stasi. All I got was coffee in a ritzy hotel, but that was probably as expensive as a month’s rent in Capone’s time.

  12. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Horsehide?

  13. Pearson
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Seal leather?

  14. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I guess cow hide. :)

  15. JBlilie
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Kangaroo?

  16. Hempenstein
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Elk?

  17. Posted January 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Elephant.

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Well I never… aren’t they supposed to be protected?

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      Great…the one time my instinctive response (“Hell if I know!”) would have been right, and I don’t run with it.

      Just…great.

      I swear, if it weren’t for that whole comfortable-middle-class-existence-in-a-wealthy-nation thing, I’d be one of the unluckiest people ever.

      b&

  18. Suri
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Elephant? How is that a good thing?

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Legally culled to reduce overpopulation, and legally imported. Perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing. And perhaps you should do your homework before making these implicit criticisms.

    • Posted January 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      Actually, the trade in elephant leather isn’t a threat to the conservation of elephants the way the ivory trade is. Elephant leather comes from legally killed animals and legitimate processing facilities. Poachers aren’t interested in the hide of an animal and couldn’t skin one or process the hide anyhow.

      Trade in leather is allowed under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)for commercial or non-commercial purposes from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and for non-commercial purposes from Zimbabwe. Exports from these countries still require a CITES export permit which can only be issued if the country management authority has verified the trade is sustainable and legal.

      Of course, countries can still choose to prohibit trade in elephant leather through domestic legislation.

  19. Dennis Hansen
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Do you have any boots made from sealskin, Jerry? That should fit your current climate well, too.

  20. Boggy
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    So what are the boots made of?
    Incidentally the cause of the Polar Vortex is Gay Marriage.


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