All posts by Jennifer June

Repair. Outbound.

7C42B2C1-AFF6-4A3D-A32B-38CFBE842E76These are my black & white boots. I wear them to weddings, dive bars and tv talk shows. I love these boots…and it shows.

I’m sending them to Raúl Ojeda , so he can make them pretty again.
Raúl is among the trusted few. I can put my boots in a box and mail them to him and all I have to say is “Please make them pretty, like they used to be.” He knows what I mean… and what is at stake. He knows that if the white stitches were erased with polish or ink, well…

I would be sad.

My heart would shatter into a thousand tiny pieces, and crunch on the shop floor like broken glass. Bits of my heart would get stuck in the tread of the UPS guy’s sneakers. Each night, when the men swept up the thread and the tacks, they would find a few more pieces… they would forget until they remembered,  on and on for years …and years, and their hearts would ache like a poem.

Raúl knows all that.

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Willie’s Shoe Service
1174 S La Brea Avenue (between La Brea & Edgewood)
Los Angeles CA 90019
(323) 463-5011

“These Boots” Music Video

“These Boots” by Eric Church. Church visited bootmakers and designers at the Lucchese factory in El Paso TX.

Don’t miss..

  • cording w/ glamorous knife> note: silver leather w/ fringe (1:18)
  • pegging (2:44)
  • gulping tacks (3:37)

I’ve been in a boot factory only once. Even without the soundtrack there is a unique rhythm that comes from making pair after pair. Leather moving from hand to hand.

Visit Lucchese’s blog, The Last Word.