Years ago Janie and I went to a wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado.The guest list included horses and mules, cats and dogs, and of course cowgirls and cowboys. The setting was exquisite. Clear, dark blue evening sky with the first planets of the night visible. The backdrop of The Collegiate Range' 14,000 foot peaks didn't detract from the picture either. As expected, the bride and groom rode in on horseback dressed in full western regalia. Around us were hats and spurs, belt buckles and bolos, deerskin and fringe, but it was the boots that captured the image of the night. I have always loved cowboy boots. Ever since I was 6 years old and my parents came back to Norway after traveling in the U.S. have I owned not just one pair. But that night it became clear to me that boots were more than an iconic symbol of the west, they were a way of self expression.

Tyler Beard and Jim Arndt, having published 3 amazing books on cowboy boots, write that boots are forever a symbol of strength and stamina; the heels give you that extra height; they have won battles in bedrooms, boardrooms and battlefields and more often than not, cowboy boots bestow confidence.

Some of us have had the pleasure of working fall round-ups, others have not. Don't miss the point, it's not about that. Cowboy boots are about history, individuality and the appreciation of The West.

Over the years, we have worked with numerous cowboy boot makers and have had good relationships with them all. Each with his special talents. In the last 15 years, we have primarily worked with Pedro Munoz of Stallion Boot Company of El Paso, Texas. From our perspective, Pedro's boot making specialty is two fold: (1) He is particularly adept at translating an idea into boot art, and his inlays are among the best in the business. (2) He has a passion for skins, particularly alligator and crocodile, and he has the knowledge and experience to back it up. Coupled with an intense urge to travel undoubtedly passed down from the free roaming cowboy, Pedro sources skins from the most unexpected tanneries of the world. On the receiving end of his travels, we access outstanding skins for our boots, unique in both quality and colors.




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Axel Wilhelmsen
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