Shaft Down

Jeans inside the shaft of the boot, looking down from the top. Sturdy straps and buckles secure the leather around the calf. And yes, there is a dog collar around the shaft of this boot.

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from the archives

Wescos Under BDUs

This photo is from earlier this year, but it certainly is in the spirit of the recent series. There is an element to the implication of tall boots hidden by pant legs that is often interesting. How tall are the boots and can you tell when the top is hidden? Look. Can you see the top edge of the boot under the denim or cotton of his pants? Is it because the fabric is loose, or are his leg muscles pushing against the shaft of the boot and the material forcing the mouth of the boot to be visible? When you can’t see the top of the boot, could it be because it is tall enough to not be seen below the knee? How thick is the leather, how close to the leg does it fit?

A Different Style

Cowboy Boots 1

I have a fondness for many kinds of boots. These are a pair of cowboy boots I picked up at the GoodWill store. After getting them, I found out that a friend of mine had seen them and almost bought them for me. That makes me smile inside. And these boys are mighty comfortable.

Nikon D7100

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That Odd Obsession

Version 2

I am not sure why, but I am obsessed with boots. I love them, I wear them, I admire them, and they represent a certain object of comfort and exhilaration for me. After so many years of having them as a key element of attention amid the full spectrum of my psyche, I have developed some opinions regarding them. Strong opinions. For example, footwear that doesn’t extend fully up over the ankle at least cannot be called “a boot.” Zippers on the sides of lace-up boots are redundant, unnecessary, and unsightly. If it is truly a matter of on/off expedience and convenience for the wearer of regulation boots, it is a necessary evil and I will hold my tongue. Bal-lacing on the instep of patrol boots ruin the smooth lines of a well designed boot. Avoid bal-laces if possible. All men should own at least one pair of real boots because all men look and feel better wearing them.

The move to California has put me in close contact with other men with similar affections and interests. I’ve been posting photos on a Facebook group dedicated to boots and the men who wear them, and I’ve gotten some very good responses from fellow members. The support has been inspiring. So, with the words of Joseph Campbell resonating in my grey matter, I am taking measures to “follow my bliss.” I have begun a series of high resolution photographs of boots, I have created boot related designs for t-shirts and coffee mugs, and I am considering making a book. All of this as an attempt to service two needs. One, to expand and explore this affection and obsession with boots, and, two, generate some income so I can purchase more boots.

Here are links to the first boot related products from yours truly. The store front and selection will be improved and expanded in the coming days.

Follow the link to purchase this Boot Mug – “Boots. They do your buddy good.”

Or how about a t-shirt? Not directly boot related, but it sure has a strong connection… !

 

I will post more pictures and an occasional advertisement for my collection in the coming days. Thank you. Y’all are something else.