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Triad Cowboy Boots

I think “triad” cowboy boots are once again picking up speed. So, what is a triad boot?

A triad boot is a cowboy boot made with three piece construction rather than the traditional four. In this style of boot, there is no heel counter. The boot top extends all the way down to the sole, and the vamp stops inches short of the boot’s side seams, giving this style the look of overlay.

In the 1980’s these were a popular style of dress boot. A couple of attributes make them fancy.

One, when you take away the fender stitching and the heel counter …the vertical styling of these make a girl’s legs look longer, not unlike a pair of uncuffed pants.

Two, these boots work well with exotic and extravagant materials. Since the vamp doesn’t wrap around the sides of the cowboy boot, you can showcase a lizard, snake or stingray skin without extra seams or patchwork piecing.

Today’s triad styles feature hand tooled leather and buck stitching. A new shorthand for luxury. Heritage Boot does a great job of filling their boot tops with stitchwork and balancing the weights of the contrasting leathers (see photo.) I like that.

Sheplers, Timsboots.com and eBay each have a selection of triad cowboy boots, go take a look.

“Riding High”

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.: President Ronald Reagan shows off his triad cowboy boots after signing the largest budget and tax-cutting measure in U.S. history August 13, 1981 at his “Rancho del Cielo” ranch. Reagan called it “only the beginning” as he set his economic recovery program in motion with the signing at the ranch, where he was vacationing.

CREDIT: UPI 8-21-81 Ron Bennett …purchased on eBay. (Zoom)

Heritage Boot Launches New Website

Visit the grand re-opening of Heritage Boot’s website. Get a sneak peek at new their “top shelf” Rancho Deluxe boots. Limited sizes available in each style… so they’ll sell out fast. Call early and reserve your pair.

Hold the Date! Come meet me at Heritage Boot… Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 1-4pm. I’ll signing books (…and no doubt, trying on some boots.) Stay tuned for more details.

Vintage Cowboy Boots, Tough Love

Yes, I know how much you love those great old Acme patterns. They’re great. They’ve got the tiniest bits of colored inlay with those 2 rows of stitching swirling around them. .. factory-made minimalism at its best. They are indeed wonderful.

BUT, let’s get couple things straight…

  1. Your feet are too big. Only people like me who are too short to be seen over a deli counter can wear ’em. I can wear vintage Acmes… and you get to order your sandwiches with dignity. That’s just the way things are. Don’t worry, you are a member of a very big club, so to speak.
  • It is now 2008. Many of these very cool boots were made a looooong time ago. Don’t believe me? I hate to break it to you, but a cowboy boot made in 1945… is now 63 years old. Bargain leather, once worn, now boxed and brittle. And these boots aren’t getting any younger.

Save yourself a pile of grief. When you’re in Austin, TX go to Heritage Boot. Jerry & Patti Ryan are remaking many of the favorite old patterns in present day sizes.

With lots and lots of boots on the shelves…their stock boots range from the $250 to around $700. (Those old Acmes are costing about the same.)

Heritage Boot also sells custom boots made in the Rio Grande Valley. Prices start at $600 for calfskin and bullhides. Delivery is approximately 8 weeks.

Heritage Boot

Jerry & Patti Ryan, Owners

117 West 8th Street

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 326-8577