This week I discovered a real gem.
Cowboy Boots The Art & Sole, by Jennifer June and photographs by Marty Snortum.
This is one of those rare books where it’s just as good of a read on the history and artistry of cowboy boots as it is a photography book filled with beautiful images from some very personal collections.
Here are a few of my favorites…..
Y’all can keep up with Jenn and her boot fascination on her website. DimLights.com
I know the cover image on this book is stunning, but look how great it looks without the dust jacket.
Growing up in Texas, you learn quickly how important a man’s boots are for judging his character.
Wanna know what he’s worth?
Look at his boots,
Red Wings coated in mud = a hard-worker, his hands will be rough and calloused. This guy will squat in the rain on the side of the road to help a stranger with a flat tire.
Lucchese ostrich with a high polish = a man who enjoys the finer things in life and takes care of them as well. This guy’s handshake is as good as his word. (Unless he’s J.R. Ewing)
My favorite boots? That’s pretty easy, my 20+-year-old suede Justin ropers with the hole in the right little toe area. They aren’t nearly as unique as the boots in this book but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’ve had them resoled 3 times now, and they are still as comfortable as just wearing socks alone.
What do they say about me? That I appreciate the classics that just get better with age and I’d rather have something with a story to tell than “factory new” any ol’ day. (But y’all already knew that about me)
Yes, they are a little bit more sedate than the boots in this book, OK – much more sedate, but I may have been persuaded to invest in some with a little more flare.
Y’all just might be too.
I suggest hoping over to Amazon right now and grabbing a copy of this book before they’re all gone.
Go on, get one……
You’ll thank me.
Yee haw. West Texas girl here! Love the boots! Check out the books by Tyler Beard titled “Art of the Boot” and “The Cowboy Boot Book” they are beautiful. You’ll enjoy those also!
Just ordered them both, thanks for the recommendations.
I’m more of a flip-flop-wearin’ kind of girl! ha ha What part of Texas do you live? I’m in Houston! 😉 …gorgeous weather right now.
Dallas, I just spent last week in Houston working on an outside party that got rained on…….
Beautiful book! I just ordered four! One for my boot obsessed friend Robin, one for my brother, one for me and a spare. We were just in the Stock Yards last weekend with the family. We all loved Leddy’s hand made boots. We studied them and wondered which country and western singer would purchase them. I wish I could include the photos my dad took of the beautiful boots in my comment!
It’s a great book, everyone will love it…
Eek, I will be getting this book! I got married in cowboy boots, that’s how much I love them 🙂 We are just finishing up our bedroom remodel and on my shoe rack there had to be 2 shelves for all of my boots! Thank you for sharing this book.
Wish I had room for my boots …. They line the bedroom walls ( no closet space) ……I know that you’ll love this book as much as I do!