It’s been a great ride, but my relationship with Stompers Boots has changed since the store and its operations were sold. Recently, Stompers as we knew it was purchased by “the werks family of companies.” The “werks” are based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You may have heard or seen “bootwerks” or “leatherwerks” — these are the companies to which I am referring.
Back in the day…
I have made this mistake myself, and I thought I would share what I learned that alligator is not crocodile is not caiman when it comes to skins used for boots (or other accessories.) What are the differences among these skins?
As my life rolls on in my boring but safe little world, these are the boots that I wore each day during the past week:
Thanks to a loyal blog reader for bringing this to my attention: come September, Finland will be releasing three new stamps using imagery from the famously iconic drawings of Touko Laaksonen, otherwise known as Tom of Finland.
According to the Finland Postal Service,
His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings… The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.
As I said, I think I’ll take up stamp collecting again:
Sometimes the most fundamental boot-related things are such a part of my daily life that I forget that others are still learning. A loyal reader of this blog wrote to me to suggest that I explain what a boot jack is, and how it is used by guys who regularly wear “pull-on” boots.
I am sure you have seen “boot pulls” which are simple loops of leather found on many pull-on boots. Simply point your foot into the boot and grab the boot pulls and pull on your boots.
But how do you take them off as easily?
It’s finished, on time and on budget, I finally have completed and installed “that big thing for my kitchen.”
I really am delighted with it, as is my spouse. This is what I have been working on for hours and hours and hours, filling in time when I needed to be at home in case my spouse needed me during the worst of his prolonged illness.
I have had a shop full of “man tools,” like a professional router, band saw, table saw, and much more. I finally put these tools plus a large dose of patience to work.
This last week has been about as typical in my boring old life as ever. Here are the boots that I chose to wear each day during the past week:
It is peak motorcycle riding time. With personal needs to stay close-to-home to keep an eye on my spouse, I have not been riding much with an almost daily exception–
Hey, loyal BHD’s Musings readers… yep, I’ve reached that point where I have nothing to write about. I’m just plum out of content or ideas.
I am very busy at work, caregiving for my spouse, and the other 0.0009% of my time … well, you get the picture. However, Monday, three strong strapping dudes…
The other day, I wore my Lucchese Classic tan/black wingtip cowboy boots. The black designs on the boot foot, shaft, and heels are pieces of intricately cut leather and are applied on the outside surface of the boot. These are called “outlays.”
What is an “outlay” compared with an “inlay?”