Does anyone have any knowledge of this company? I see a good amount of vintage boots with this brand name, and they seem to be well made. However, I can't find any information on the company online.
Any help or info is appreciated!
Those are really interesting. Thanks.
Makes sense about the toe. I thought I remembered reading that the decorative stitching was originally a Muslim influence (Islamic art has lots of geometrical flora arrangements) that came from Spain to Mexico and then the cowboy boot. The Eastern European connection could fit that narrative, since Islam has had a strong role there. Does that sound right at all?
By "geometrical," I don't mean triangles and such shapes, but repeated patterns, symmetry, things not really seen in nature but governed more by mathematical formuals. It's been 20 years since I took a class on Islam, but I remember the prof saying traditional theology forbids representations of people and animals, so repeated geometric or floral figures have long been used for decoration, of rugs, walls, etc.
I don't know about photos, but a quick Google search shows at least one historian who mentions what I wrote. He doesn't make any strong claim, but rather uses words like "likely" and "reminiscent."
From this site fwiw. Again fwiw, Wikipedia (citing six book and journal sources) also says a lot of cowboy "culture" came from Spain and Muslim influences. More reliable, perhaps (I only just found it through Google), The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W. Slatta (p. 180-82) claims this Spanish influence is pretty well documented. I think I first read the claim about boots and other tooling designs in a museum on a trip a few years ago. Would have been either Omaha, Denver, or Virginia City. Not directly related, but I saw firsthand the wide Muslim influence on the world through Spanish culture. When visiting Egypt with a Puerto Rican friend she was constantly struck by how much the place reminded her of Puerto Rico, and I was struck by how much it reminded me of the Philippines.
It'd make a fun doctoral dissertation to trace the roots.