In your opinion, what is the best leather for cowboy boots? Goatskin? Buffalo? Calfskin? Also, are scratches considered something that gives your boots character, or should they be treated like any other pair of shoes, in that you do your best to get rid of scuffs and scratches?
I've gone through this thread several times but this is the first time I've seen this picture (or recall seeing it) and holy... those are absolutely gorgeous. How much did they cost?
Found my invoice and they were $140 plus tax, $400 with 65% off.
And these are my other Chocolate Suede.....Custom made(but not for me) by Pascal of Hollywood Riff Raff....cost a bit more. Bought them from Pascal, new, the guy never came to pick them up.
Chocolate,white, green, and red.....red stitching at toe, plus red and green on the collar.
Pretty sick sole design. Shame that it'll just be eroded over time though. =/
By the way, how much toe space do y'all have in your boots (that fit well) in the toe-box? Just approximates (e.g.; 1cm, 2cm) will do, I'm not actually asking for the exact space measurement (I'm not sure how that would even be measured).
I'm assuming that this will vary depending on how pointy the toe is. Also, for those of you who do own both standard (semi-round) and pointy toe boot styles, did you size up for the pointy toe models?
Snugness across the instep and snugness of the shaft at the lower leg(tongue area of the boot) keeps the heel from slipping too much till they are broken in. After breaking in, it's the snugness across the top of the foot that holds the foot in place. Gotta get that right. It should still slip a "bit" after break-in.
The higher quality the boot the better. Vintage Tony Lama, Nocona and one or two Justin's are the factory boots in my closet. Dan Post is a step down, and the cliff is steep after them. They may look like a cowboy boot, but that's about all.
Vintage Lucchese Boots are heads and shoulders above the other factory boots I mentioned(PRE 1990). They made one line of stock boot, additionally, one could get a custom. All Lucchese boots of that era were designed to have a slight twist as the foot slid into the vamp. It was patented. Also, a main reason the boot fit so well.