Category Archives: boots

These boots are made for walking, but no sane person would wear them

People keep sending me photos of cowboy boots that have been cut down into sandals with long tops, or “golf boots” with cleats on the bottom. No more! The only good cowboy boot is an old-style cowboy boot. Is there any reader who would wear these, which I saw on eBay? My custom boots (real boots) […]

My last pair of boots. 10. Finishing the bottoms

 This is the next-to-last series of photos documenting the making of My Last Pair of Boots by Lee Miller of Austin Texas.  They’re actually done and have been shipped, but many bootmakers are superstitious and don’t like to show the finished product until they’re sure it fits, so I’ll put up the final series after I […]

My last pair of boots. 9. The shank and insoles

 My boots, made by the estimable Lee Miller of Austin, Texas, are supposed to be ready today, so I should get them in the mail next week. The pictures are a few days behind, but we’ll continue today with the “bottom work”: putting on the shank (a hammered nail to give support in the arch), […]

My last pair of boots. 8. Toe boxes

I’m told that my boots will in fact be done tomorrow, and shipped shortly thereafter. The pictures, however, are a few days behind. Today’s bit is largely about the “toe boxes,” the thick piece of leather that protects the toes and also gives them an attractive boxy shape.  Cowboy boot toes come in a number […]

My last pair of boots. 7. Vamps, shafts, and heel counters

My boots, under construction by Lee Miller in Austin, Texas, are coming along nicely. Today we see how the panels are fastened to both the vamp (the foot part) and the counters (the heel part), as well as how the panels are sewn together in pairs. Beyond the soles and insoles, there are basically four pieces of […]

My last pair of boots. 6. Finishing the tops

I believe my boots are almost done, but we’re behind on the photographs. All will be revealed! The boots are by Lee Miller of Austin, Texas, and the photos and captions (indented) by Carrlyn Miller. I have no idea how anyone manages to stitch in such intricate ways! Here we are going to begin to […]

My last pair of boots: 5. More decoration of the shafts

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 […]

My last pair of boots. 4a: Decorating the shafts

Here are the latest photos on the progress of my Last Pair of Boots, under construction by the estimable Lee Miller of Austin, Texas. They were sent, and the captions written, by Lee’s wife and business partner Carrlyn. You can see how laborious it is to make this kind of inlaid decoration of the tops (“shafts”). It won’t be […]

My last pair of boots. Part 4: Design and tops

Here is part four of the sequence showing the making of my Last Pair of Cowboy Boots, constructed by the famous Lee Miller of Austin Texas. They’re a fancy custom pair, and today you’ll get an idea of the design. (See previous parts here: initial fitting and construction, parts 1, 2 and 3). The notes below are […]

My last pair of boots. Part 3: Lasts, insoles, and design

As I noted in the last two boot posts, Lee Miller of Austin, Texas is making my last pair of boots: a spiffy custom pair that I designed myself (or rather, with the help of his wife Carrlyn). Those two posts (here and here) also showed the beginning of the process of making boots, which, […]

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