"Paul Bond is proud of the boots he makes and so too are the cowboys who wear them. Boots can tell you a lot about the man wearing them, just like the way he creases his hat, or the kind of saddle he rides.
You can spot Paul's stitching patterns on boot-tops and his distinctive high, underslung heels through the dust across a branding pen, or out on the dance floor of a dim, smoky bar on Saturday night. These are boots that are made to be worn with your pant legs tucked inside the tops. The story is that some boys even traded in their old batwing leggins' for chinks just so they could show off the boots Paul made for them.
Paul Bond knows about cowboys. He grew up on the family ranch near Carlsbad, New Mexico. By the age of sixteen he was breaking horses for a calvary remount station, riding bareback broncs at area rodeos, and learning custom boot making at a local saddle shop. Rodeo lured him off his home range and he started going down the road to all the big shows from Fort Worth and Boston, to New York's Madison Square Garden. He rode bareback horses and also worked up a contract act featuring trick and Roman riding. In the off-seasons, he continued to make boots and in the mid-1940s opened a custom shop back in Carlsbad. He moved the outfit to Nogales, Arizona in 1957.
Fit good and look good pretty well sums up Paul's approach to more than sixty-five years of boot making. Some folks are impressed by the long list of movie actors, politicians, corporate executives, and country music stars who wear Paul's boots. But his greatest satisfaction always has and always will be in the boots he makes for cowboys."
Paul Bond left us in February of 2012. His legacy lives on.
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