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 […]
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Reader Jesse sent me this photo from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Facebook page, which the Governator had captioned as follows: “Ever since I came to this country I collected cowboy boots. It is a hobby that requires a little work.” But Arnold is doing it rong, I think: I never use a brush on my boots—only a […]
The best Christmas present ever! I love this Norman Rockwell-like picture, which was the cover of The Western Horseman magazine in May, 1961 (the last year that appears the same when inverted). What a happy camper.
How many of you know that Elizabeth Taylor collected and wore cowboy boots? I knew it because when I visited Lee Miller’s shop in Austin several years ago (and I’m near the top of his waiting list by now!), I saw a pair he’d made for her, which were returned for some reason. Christie’s finished […]
We had about a 2.5 inches (6+ cm) of snow in Chicago yesterday, and my squirrels’ water dish is frozen. (Of course I replenish it regularly; what do they drink in winter?). But boots are still the fashion accessory of the day, although you want your oldest, most beat-up 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. Yup, it’s ostrich all the way down.
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 […]
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 […]
Full American gator (vamps and shaft) boots by Rodney Ammons of El Paso:
Old alligator boots by Justin (probably from the 1970s). Their unique feature is 16 rows of stitching on the shafts: most boots, even good ones, have 6-8 rows: