These were listed as a size 11-1/2, but the auction house did not respond with a width or measurements so I took a chance at $20 and … lost. They are a ‘B’ width with a narrow instep. Into the trade pile…
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The joys of internet auctions. Sorry about the bad luck.
Looking at some boots with hand tooled uppers that are very stiff and dried out. Anyone have any luck "re-hydrating" something like this? What did you do?
Very late to comment but wow those boots are fantastic!These made it in Friday and I’ve been working on them a bit since then. Some of you might remember when I posted them as “incoming” the heel counter was black like the vamp. Friday I scrubbed them inside and out as I usually do and the surface of the heel counter started getting soft and a bit gummy and the black started peeling off so I switched to a nylon scrub pad and got most of the black off and realized the heel counter was rawhide. I think the foot may have been dyed as well as I saw brown undertones when I cleaned them. I decided to let them dry overnight and researched cleaning rawhide. Yesterday I scrubbed them with a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. After that, I moistened them a number of times with the peroxide, letting them dry in direct sun several times. They cleaned up well but for the stitching and I’m afraid that if I continued to scrub it may break the stitching down. Re dyed the foot and polished them up today.
I figure the age to be late 70’s to 90’s. I really don’t know much about dating Justin’s. I bought my first and only pair in 1976. Those were great boots but after that it was usually TL’s or Nocona’s for OTR boots. The first pic is of where I finished yesterday. Some knucklehead dyed the side seam too. Didn’t clean up well.
10 1/2” tops, 3” heels.
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Do you have current contact info for Spider? The mailing address and phone on his website are both defunct and was wondering if anyone had any info.....
I reached out to Jennifer and waiting to see what she says. ThanksNO, sir I do not. Mark Fletcher, who ran the Custom Cowboy Boots and Shoes Forum would be my best guess. Think he runs a FB cowboy boot collecting page. Also, maybe reach out to Jennifer June @ dimlights.com. She used to keep an updated list of current makers.