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Nocona Boots History

In 1925, Nocona Boots was founded by Enid Justin, the daughter of Justin Boots founder H.J. "Joe" Justin, in Nocona, Texas. Enid’s goal was to carry on his tradition of making quality western boots in the town he loved.

Mr. Justin, or "Daddy Joe," was a perfectionist with every detail of his handcraft. In 1879, he started a tradition of fine boot-making in Spanish Fort, Texas, appreciated by his cowboy customers who could order custom-fit boots that were ready to pick up after their return from cattle drives.

In 1887, the railroad came through Nocona, Texas, and the boot factory was moved to Nocona to take advantage of better shipping facilities.

At the age of 12, in 1906, Enid started working in her father's shop where she remained for the next 12 years learning the fine points of the trade, absorbing his knowledge and love for handcrafted boots.

After Mr. Justin died in 1918, other members of the family wanted to move the business to Fort Worth, Texas. Enid felt so strongly her father wanted the company based in Nocona, she stayed behind when her brothers moved with the factory’s equipment in 1925.

Enid borrowed $5,000 and kept seven employees to found the Nocona Boots brand in Nocona, Texas. The discovery of oil near Nocona brought many new customers to Miss Enid’s young company. The brand made a 16-inch lace-up boot that was tough enough to survive the oil fields, and the wildcatters kept coming back for more.

In 1981, Nocona Boots merged with Justin Industries, the parent company of Justin Boots at the time, bringing the boot-making histories of the two family companies full circle.

Today, Nocona Boots still handcrafts premium cowboy boots offering collections in the Fashion, Legacy, Exotic, Western, Rancher and Competitor categories. The brand was also the first to offer cowboy boots officially licensed by The Collegiate Licensing Company, the College Boots Collection, handcrafted in the U.S.A.Nocona Boots footwear is available for men, women and children at western specialty stores across the country and online footwear retailers, including Zappos.

Posted by Amy Bond on 20 April, 2015 boot care, boot history, justin, leather care, tony lama | 0 comments | Read more →

Exotic Boot Care

EXOTICS (Caiman, Ostrich, Ostrich Leg, Lizard, Snake Skin, Python)

1) Remove dirt and dust with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Apply thin coats of a quality exotic conditioner (water based).
3) If a sheen is desired, polish with a matching color, or neutral crème polish.
4) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector if water protection is needed.
5) On snake skins and pythons, gently clean and condition under the scales where much dust can collect and cause leather deterioration. Spray reptile cleaners and conditioners are available that provide a foaming action to clean under the scales. After conditioning, rub the scales back down in the direction of the scale grain with a soft cloth.

(Note: Because of the delicate nature of exotic leathers, it is very important to clean and condition these leathers on a regular basis. Exotics such as Caiman and Lizard are extremely dry in nature and can crack even when not being worn. Apply thin coats of conditioner rather that thick ones. Remember to do this often)
Posted by Amy Bond on 30 March, 2015 boot care, exotic boot care | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Care For Your Boots

The materials in your boots are some of the finest available. To extend the life of your boots, it is very important to perform maintenance on a regular basis. Cleaning your boots to remove dust and dirt and applying a quality leather conditioner, are critical in helping preserve the leather in your boots. Because many leathers differ in nature, some naturally and some due to the tanning process, the methods for proper boot care can vary. While the steps to caring for your boots are relatively easy. The following are some general suggestions for the different leathers that we offer:

COWHIDE LEATHERS (Bull Hide, Caprino, Madcat, Bison, Goat, El Paso, Crazy Cow, Worn Deer, Metallic, Napalino, Mignon, Puma, Ranch, Burnished Finishes, Copper Kettle, Embossed Leathers):

1)Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) While boots are still damp, apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner. Heavy coats of conditioner clog the leather pores and cannot be absorbed. Light coats are much more effective.
3) If you prefer sheen on your boots, apply a thin coat of cream polish (matching color for darker boots and neutral color for fighter colored boots). Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth.
4) For water protection, light coats of a non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied.
5) Calf leather is much thinner than cowhide. Calf can be cared for the same as cowhide but needs to be performed on a more regular basis.

Stay tune for the care of other leathers and exotics.

Posted by Amy Bond on 18 March, 2015 boot care, leather care | 0 comments | Read more →

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