I have been asked about boots under the brand name “JB Dillon” for several years, and all of my internet sleuthing results continued to point to cowboy boot sales by a company called “Rick’s Ranchwear” with no additional information. No website (in the past) other than “Two Free Boots” retail stores in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, and Nevada.
Anyway, recently I was re-introduced to the boots by that brand through an email dialogue with…
… a representative of the Houston area (TX)-based marketing company that is working to promote this brand of boots.
I was informed that a new JB Dillon website had been created and is offering sales of JB Dillon brand boots direct-to-the-consumer through internet sales.
Intrigued, I ordered a pair of python boots in a color I do not already have. The boots arrived quickly in a box with return label from “Rick’s Ranchwear.” At first quick glance, the boots looked good. I set them aside while dealing with other more pressing matters at home. A week later, I gave these boots a closer inspection. The skins of the python boots were irregular and curling. I knew that the boots would not last well. I returned the boots for an exchange.
I am pleased to report that the exchange process is fast and easy. This company actually sends you a UPS return label with each pair of boots it ships, which enables an easy and fast way to return boots if they do not fit or are not acceptable for any reason.
The boots I ordered in exchange also arrived quickly. This time, I opened the box and examined the boots closely. I was impressed in these ways:
- The dye job of the lizard skin and leather on the shafts is thorough. No uneven patches were evident.
- The soles are thick leather, and show pegging. Pegged soles are a sign of quality construction, as well as providing years of comfort.
- No loose threads inside or outside the boot — I always look closely at the boot pulls both inside and outside. If there are loose threads there, then that’s a sign of bad quality control.
- I carefully examined the heel counter. Again, this is where shoddy production can be evident if there are blisters, irregular skin (or “pieced skins” in this location), broken threads, or a bad fit of the heel to the sole. Again, none of these signs were evident.
- I also closely examined the lizard skin on the vamp. All of it was even with no signs of patching or sewing together irregular pieces. The skins on the vamp are shiny and classy.
- I looked inside the boot and felt the insole and lining with my hand. No loose threads or “bumpy” insole. Good again.
Now… to try them on.
The boots pulled on easily. While initially a little loose in the heel, that’s normal. That “looseness” goes away on break-in. The boots run true-to-size. I walked on carpet for a while. Felt great.
My next step of evaluating boots is seldom done by most guys — but not me, a guy with a “few years” of experience in evaluating boots.
After walking and standing in these boots for about an hour (again, on carpet so IF I had to return the boots, there would not be wear on the soles so they would be “returnable), I pulled the boots off.
First thing — the boots pulled off easily. No struggle.
I re-examined the soles, vamps, and heel counter again to look for threads that may have broken during initial “weight wear” — that is with me standing in them and flexing the soles while walking. If boots have evidence of broken threads after only one hour of “weight wear,” they should be returned. In this case, again, the boots had no signs of any problems.
I wore the boots the remainder of the day, including a visit to a grocery store and pharmacy.
Several customers noticed the boots and remarked along these lines: “Nice boots!” or “Wow… those boots look great!”
Overall, I am impressed with JB Dillon boots. They are made in León, Mexico, the cowboy boot-making capital of the world. Really good boots are made there and no one should be shy about buying boots made here. Many many boot labels are made in this town, including (some) Justin, Tecovas, and tons of little-known brands.
These boots are priced quite reasonably considering the quality of materials from which they are made and their craftmanship, and also shipping costs included (and free return shipping if needed as well.)
BTW, the name “JB Dillon” seems to be fictional. No listing in wikipedia, the Westerner Hall of Fame or the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Many other boot brands carry the names of once-famous cowboys, so this is why I looked in these places for the origin of the name.
For more information and to order JB Dillon boots, visit the JB Dillon Boots website.
Life is short: wear boots!