Spring boots!

March 20, 2015 • 7:10 am

To celebrate the equinox, I’ve donned one of my fanciest—or at least priciest—pair of boots. These are full American alligator belly: both vamp and shaft, and were made by Rodney Ammons of El Paso, Texas. I bought these new on eBay, and paid about 15% of their retail price of $3000-$4000 (gator is expensive!). I’m not a big fan of pointy toes, but can’t resist a bargain:

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33 thoughts on “Spring boots!

    1. Or if the guy who wore them wasn’t a psychotic killer that what transfer those traits onto the next wearer. 🙂

      1. Silly! Murderous traits don’t pass via footwear; maybe you’re thinking of eyeball transplants.

        But the psycho killer (qu’est-ce que c’est?) may have taken the boots from the victim.

    2. I have been wondering this as well; I was in fact, after an earlier post this week here, looking at some boots on ebay. I guess that the sizes are fairly standard – I think Jerry has said as much. But it would probably be a good idea to go and fit some at an actual store before ordering online. At least with where I buy my normal shoes (outlet stores and such – which is probably an indicator), sizes do vary so I can’t always rely on “my size”. Width of your feet is probably also important.

      I love these posts, and have recently started thinking of buying a pair myself …

      1. Most sellers on eBay allow you to return items, and if not, don’t buy from them; they must disclose their return policy. Also, eBay has many layers of protections for buyers and sellers. I’ve purchased hundreds of items from eBay (and sold) and have never been exploited. A couple times international sellers have tried taking advantage, but eBay stepped in and settled the matter.

  1. Great boots, all of them. Since bootlore was not part of my cultural underpinning I particularly enjoy the background information in the posts.

  2. Wow. How do you choose which pair to wear which day? Do you rotate through them? You must have so many choices. Keeping track would be hard for me! 🙂

  3. Gosh, I am jealous of you, Jerry!

    Not just because of your impressive collection of beautiful boots, but because you feet are a standard size. There are so many choices available to you.

    I am stuck with size 10EEEEEE feet. Yes – 6E. Rather a limited selection available.

    Anyway – love seeing your acquisitions – vicarious thrills. 🙂

  4. Those are some badasssssss bootssssssss you cayman today! The scale of your collection is impressive; I’m glad you chose not to hide these.(sorry for the weak puns: I’m suffering from a reptile dysfunction).

      1. … dile wear that as a badge of honor! Venom hot I’m hot, today I’m not* so much.

        * – Coincidentally, today would have been the 78th birthday of the late Jerry Reed, who had the Grammy-winning novelty hit with that refrain.

  5. Oh – I was hoping this article was going to be about a pair of boots that allow the wearer to spring great distances. You know, as in “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” style.

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