UPDATE: We have a winner, and more quickly than I thought. The boots are camel, a leather that’s very rare since the animals are not raised for their hide. Vail can claim his/her prize by emailing me.
Not all of papa’s boots are delicate and showy, my little cupcakes: sometimes a hot scientist needs tough footwear to, say, clean out the Augean stables of science or kick the butts of accommodationists. Here’s a lovely pair that was custom made for me in Texas. Note the box toes, one of my favorite styles. Making that kind of toe requires enormous effort: a square-ish leather “box” must be carved by hand and fitted to the vamp.
The scalloped shafts are decorated with a “butterfly” pattern. This stitching is done with a hand-guided sewing machine, and requires great skill to line up the rows.
Note that the shafts and vamps are made from the same kind of leather. What is it? (Click photos to enlarge.) You get one guess, and if you win there’s an autographed copy of WEIT coming your way. You have 24 hours: contest closes 6:15 a.m. CST Friday and the first correct guess takes the prize. Watch this space for updates.