Great read Greg. ThanksHere's an older article from True West magazine some of you may enjoy.
Great read Greg. Thanks
I’m lucky to have 4 pair from two of those shops mentioned.
Someone did try to make a go of Brest’s shop but didn’t last long. I saw a pair of their boots on the bay a couple of weeks ago with a note that linked the maker with Brest.Thanks, B, route right about that. Your Bonds made when Paul was still alive and I think your Stewart's were made during their heyday in AZ. I was trying to think as I retread tha story this morning about who is left making boots. Plus, a # of good TX makers were left off that trail.
Stewart is gone. Brest's shop burned down in 2008, and even though the city came up with some money to help him rebuild, I've found no evidence he did. Blucher is allegedly still in business but their website is down and no ones answering the phone.
Someone did try to make a go of Brest’s shop but didn’t last long. I saw a pair of their boots on the bay a couple of weeks ago with a note that linked the maker with Brest.
Having worked in a western store in the 70s, that was a dealer for Lama, Justin, Dan Post, and Acme, here is my experience. Others may disagree, this is just my opinion. Tony Lama was my favorite, but I think Justin made a fine boot, just different fit and styling. Dan Post varies, since their boot making was contacted out. Some good, but not equal to Lama. Although they were lower priced than Lama and Justin. We used to refer to them as upper end Acmes. I think Noconas are pretty much equal to Lama. I have no experience with Lucchese.Did Dan Post or Justin ever come close to older Lama's or Lucchese?
I would like to try vintage lucchese, if I ever come across some at a good price. Especially their black cherry color!@Desert dog, I think you are spot on but his question is hard to answer because he didn't suggest a decade or era. The quality of construction of TL's, Justin and Nocona were probably on par with Lucchese Classics during the 70's but Lucchese didn't produce as many boots as the other outfits and they always used premium leathers and their boots were all hand lasted, lemonwood pegged soles. The finish on the Lucchese's were a bit better and QC was probably a bit better. For someone like me, there wasn't enough difference to even consider laying out so much extra cash for the Lucchese's. I've only owned one pair of Lucchese's and they were made in El Paso. They were great boots and the quality I would rank up there with some of my customs. I also own a pair of TL's from the late 50's-early 60's that I would put up against any boots.
Having said all that, in the 70's Lucchese was still in San Antonio and the San Antonio boots are widely considered by collectors to be the superior boots. I can't speak to this as I've never owned any from this era though I keep looking for a nice pair in my size.
Somewhat like a new vehicle.....me being so careful not to get that first scratch or ding....after the first.....don't care that much and just drive the damn thing.View attachment 152814 Greetings All:
Quite an array of stellar boots on parade lately. It’s been a fun watch.
Had the Bonds out today. I’m almost afraid to wear em much cause they are so pristine. I guess once they get a scuff i can relax. Almost...maybe
Stewarts in the back with a bunch of etc’s.
Be well. Bowen
Wow, Stingray what big eyes you have!I bought these last night, here are some of the seller's photos. They should arrive Saturday, I will post photos when I get them. I hope they fit as good as my other pair of Champion Attitudes.
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I bought these last night, here are some of the seller's photos. They should arrive Saturday, I will post photos when I get them. I hope they fit as good as my other pair of Champion Attitudes.
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