This is the fifth post about the making of my Last Pair of Boots, under construction by Lee Miller of Austin, Texas. I hope by now you’ve gotten an idea about how complex the whole process of making a custom boot really is. I was just told that the pictures are behind the boots, which will be done Friday, so there will be more to come—right until they’re put into the box. I’m also told that the leather tannery is no longer making rust kangaroo color, so these will be the last ones in rust Italian kangaroo—for everyone. The photos and captions are by Carrlyn Miller.
Here the wrappings have been taken off, and you see the insole that has been nailed on. As we get into making the boots, the nails will be removed.
Lee is skiving the rust kangaroo for the name.
Skived pieces are waiting to be put in.
The pieces for the name have been cemented in.
The reverse side.
Preparing to put the rose in.
The rose plug that you saw earlier is put back in. This helps the rose to puff out.
The piece cemented in.
The green was put in for the stems and leaves before putting the plug back in.
The yellow has been put in, with the detail of the leaves drawn in.
Lee is sewing around the stems and flower.
A close up view.
Around the rose has been sewn in. The flourishes for the name have been drawn in.
When doing fancy stitching, the pattern that you saw earlier that had the pin holes marking the design is taken and laid on the tops, and a bag with powder is rubbed on the pattern. When you pull the paper pattern away…
Here’s a Wall Street Journal video about Lee and his work. at 2:31 he shows some Italian-tanned kangaroo which I believe is my rust color. And note the pinched yellow roses at the end; I have four on mine.