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This project needs to be revived

While half-heartedly perusing the new items at the Lucchese site, I stumbled across these gems.

Arkansas

In 1949, the Lucchese Boot Company was commissioned to build a collection of boots-50 pairs of boots, each pair “depicting” a state- for a national advertising campaign. Each boot features unique and exact colors for the states flag, capital, bird, flower and state commodity. I don’t know about you guys, but I am head over heels in love with both this crazy idea and the resulting boots.

Montana

Louisiana

The boots I found only represented about a dozen or so states. Thus, in the interests of all things artistic and patriotic, I think someone should really consider taking on the completion of this admirable endeavor. 50 boots, 50 states. Seriously, we have deprived Connecticut of this honor for far too long.

Nebraska

Nevada

Go take a Look!
Lucchese Boot Co.

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May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm 1 comment

The Doc Marten Boot: From Utility to Underground

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The Dr. Marten boot was first created by Klaus Martens, a German Army doctor, in 1945. After injuring his foot, he created a new, comfortable boot based on the design of his army boots at the time. They were cut from softer leather, and featured a unique, air-cushioned sole. In 1959, manufacture rights were purchased by the Griggs Group, and Dr. Marten was officially re-baptized an Anglo product.

The first pair of Dr. Martens were introduced to the British market in 1960. The boot was immediately favored by members of the working class, including postmen, policemen, and factory workers. By the end of the decade, Dr. Martens had been adopted as the choice footwear of the skinhead movement. The boots were seen to embody the experiences of the working class, and offered an antagonistic counterpoint to the pervasive “middle-class” hippie culture of the time. In the 1970s, Dr. Marten boots grew in popularity within punk and new-wave circles, often worn by the artists and musicians embodying these cultural factions.

Dr. Marten recently re-instituted British manufacture of its products, and these boots are available for purchase for those who wish to make a classic and functional purchase that hearkens back to the golden days of anti-establishment.

Get yours today!

May 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Free People’s “Slouch Clog”

Yikes.

How tightly stretched is your budget, and how out of ideas do you have to be to come up with a number like this. What a doozy. The owner of these beauts must have a hard time deciding whether to upholster furniture, work in a garden, or go to a rave in 1996. Admirably hideous.

Take a look for yourself…read the description and try not to laugh.

May 3, 2010 at 3:49 am Leave a comment

Frye is stepping out. Takers?

So…electric blue cowboy boots.

What do you think? I’m thinking…yes, actually, but more along the lines of an off-season villa in Greece, or lunch in Barcelona. Not to be worn in the Continental U.S., and definitely not around any cowboys, excluding those of the Rhinestone ilk, of course.  This is of course Frye’s Carlson pull-on.  Enjoy.

Buy them here

April 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Shod between storms…

workboot

These workboots (by Seychelles) are great for days when it may not be snowing or sleeting, but the sky is ominously dark, and the wind threatening. Brave the temperatures with these and don’t break your stride. A great between season boot.

Keep your feet dry

April 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Snow Day!

white mukluksIf the ice and blizzards have got you down, try a pair of these gorgeous mukluks (by Mocs) and see if you don’t feel any better. The combination of white leather, rabbit fur, and embroidered detailing would make a winter storm feel like an excuse for a long walk outstide. Steer clear of mud!

April 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Cowboy Boots: Functionality and Frippery

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Long viewed as symbolic of American style and the Western lifestyle, Cowboy boots first entered national consciousness as a humble riding boot. The original styles, heavily influenced by Spanish vaquero designs, were made of leather, and included a high heel (roughly and inch and a half), round or pointed toe, high shaft, and no lacings. The structure of the sole and heel provided an easy fit and release from saddle stirrups.

As a result of the cattle drive era (1880s), Cowboys enjoyed an increase in wages, thus invested to a greater extent in high-quality, ornate boots. New, exotic materials were used for the construction of the boot, such as ostrich, snake, alligator, and sting ray. Decorative styles, featuring top stitching and geometric patterns, became widely available as dress boots. In later decades, cowboy boots became status symbols for those involved in Country-Western sub-cultures, and also among more mainstream film stars.

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Cowboy boots have enjoyed a great period of longevity and popularity within the American market. While they remain a indelible emblem of national independence and bravura, they are also a relevant vehicle for creative design and artistic licence of their creators.

mayan boot
obama boot

April 25, 2010 at 1:57 am Leave a comment


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