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Tony Lama Boots History

Born to Italian immigrant parents in 1887, Tony Lama first learned the leather and boot trade at the age of 11 when he apprenticed a shoemaker in Syracuse, New York. In the early 20th century, Lama joined the U.S. Cavalry as a cobbler for the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. After completing his service in 1911, he stayed in the border town of El Paso, Texas. While there, Lama met and married Esther Hernandez, a pianist and music teacher. Soon after, he opened a small shoe and boot repair shop. Repairs were initially the biggest part of his business, but the boots he made soon became popular. In the first year, together with his one employee at the time, Lama sold 20 pairs of handcrafted boots.

By the 1930s, Western wear stores began asking for Tony Lama’s boots. In response, he developed methods to produce greater quantities. Over the next two decades, Lama’s six children became actively involved in the business. In 1946, his son, Joseph “Bert” Lama, presented a custom pair of boots to U.S. President Harry S. Truman. The boots, named “El Presidente,” were inlaid with gold and silver. In the 1950s, the company began marketing its boots nationally.

In 1961, nearly 50 years after the first store opened, the company moved into larger quarters and began making 750 pairs of boots a day. By the late 1960s, the company moved to a new factory on El Paso’s east side. In 1990, Tony Lama Boots was sold to Justin Industries

Posted by Amy Bond on 27 April, 2015 boot history, Finished leather, justin, nocona, tony lama | 0 comments | Read more →

Boot Care Part 2

NAKED (NUDE) FINISH LEATHERS (Deer Tanned, Non-Work Boot Distressed Leather, Toast Wyoming)

1) Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Conditioner not recommended as it can turn the color much darker.
3) A quality non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied when boots are new.

SUEDE LEATHER, Snuffed finish such as Nubuck and Nappa

1) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector when boots are new.
2) Periodically remove dust and dirt with a soft nylon brush.
3) Try to avoid mud or tarnished water which can discolor the leather and be extremely difficult to remove.

PIGSKIN

1) On smooth pig, clean as you would cowhide. Because this leather is extremely thin, cleaning and conditioning on a more regular basis is recommended.
2) On sueded pig, clean as you would cowhide suede, including the application of a quality stain and water protector.
Posted by Amy Bond on 23 March, 2015 Finished leather, Pig Skin, Suede Leather | 0 comments | Read more →

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