Category Archives: boots

Warming-up boots

The temperature is predicted to be in the upper 50s (°F) today, and almost all the snow is gone. I do not think it will return. And so it’s time to break out the good boots. This pair of hornback American alligator boots comes from maker J.B. Hill of El Paso, custom produced for someone on […]

Spring boots!

To celebrate the equinox, I’ve donned one of my fanciest—or at least priciest—pair of boots. These are full American alligator belly: both vamp and shaft, and were made by Rodney Ammons of El Paso, Texas. I bought these new on eBay, and paid about 15% of their retail price of $3000-$4000 (gator is expensive!). I’m not […]

Two piece boots

This item is rare these days: cowboy boots made from just two pieces of leather. (The usual number is four: one piece for the “vamp”, or foot, one piece for the “counter,” or heel, and two pieces for the shaft. To make these “dyads” properly requires an extraordinary skill, for the two pieces must mold perfectly to your […]

Boot weather boots

It’s warm, the streets are fairly dry, and there’s no salt on the sidewalks. That means that Boot Weather has returned, and so I can wear these fancy Falconhead boots (high tops: 14 inches instead of the regular 12). Guess the hide (I’ve added a picture that should make it easy). A note on value: […]

Really fancy boots

Sadly, these are not mine, but I saw them for sale on eBay. They’re made by Falconhead in El Paso, Texas—a shop famous for its over-the-top designs, intricate tooling, and custom work (they make all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s boots, for instance). I’ve seen the “Gila Monster” boots in boot books (they’re made of leather, not of Gila monster—the […]

Spring has arrived and no more snow, ’cause my footwear told me so

I can’t take wearing clunky, snow-resistant shoes any more, and winter has lasted too long. I officially declare that winter is at last abating. Guess the hide (this one is easy):

Back-to-school boots

As Chicago is on the quarter system, we start school late (around the beginning of October), but the first year students show up for orientation this weekend.  It’s time, then, to don the Official Atheist Footwear™, the  better angels of our feet.  I got this lovely pair of Lucchese Classics for a song on eBay, […]

Back-to-school boots

It is acceptable to wear cowboy boots after Labor Day, et voilà—a new pair. These have been identified by experts as having been made by the famous bootmaker Carlos Hernandez, who worked for the Martin Boots store in Austin (they have an “MB” logo stamped inside), as well as for some other well known outfits like Lucchese […]

Graduation day boots

These are made from a very rare hide. Can you guess it? A close-up to provide a hint (the scratch was on the original hide):

Foxy boots

“Foxing” is the name for leather overlaid on a boot to make patterns. These boots, by Liberty Boots of Toronto (made in Mexico, I believe), are heavily foxed: And there’s even a tiny heart inlaid on the shafts. You can’t see it under my jeans, but it makes me feel good about myself know it’s there […]

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