Now that Thanksgiving has officially come and gone, it's time to welcome the Christmas season. You heard right ... somehow we gave thanks, feasted, slept, and woke up to Black Friday and boy did it sneak up on us!
Here's the good news ... Paul Bond Boots is offering 10% off custom cowboy boys and 25% off stock boots through Monday, November 27th. So look no further, we are here to make your holiday gifting come to life!
With that being said, we know that building a custom boot from the ground up can be a daunting task. So to make this as easy as possible, we have provided a gift-guide for those you cherish most this holiday season. The boots below touch on some of the many different personalities we all have in our life. Each loved one is different, as is their dream boot!
So without further ado, let's get started!
1. The Flower Child
We all have that foot loose and fancy free friend who always happens to be right on point in the fashion department! With these boot, the the devil is in the details with intricate inlay work and perfectly paired black lizard vamps.
2. The Creative
These unique boots with yellow kangaroo tops, and multi-colored python vamps are the perfect kicking off point for those who like to live on the wild side with a sense of funky flair.
3. The Minimalist
This brown kangaroo boot is a straightforward boot for those looking to keep it simple. The boot's simplicity allows for an easy transition between the ranch, the office and the dance floor.
4. The Fan
Rivalries are serious business and what better way to showcase your loyalty and school spirit than through a pair of customized boots inlayed with your school mascot. This boot is certainly not for fair weather fans.
5. The Rustic Cowboy
For those looking for a little more ruggedness, check out these "gnarly" alligator boots. With bigger alligator checks and simple corded tops, they strike the perfect note between rough and refined.
Already taken the custom boot plunge and looking for the perfect ready-to-go gift, don't worry, we've got that covered too. Check out our boot essentials and care. These are also 10% off using the checkout code: BlackFriday2017
Give us a call at 520-281-0512 to get started, we look forward to working with you!
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Over the past couple of days, we have added several new boots to our Ready to Wear section, that's right - never before seen online! To heighten your Black Friday fun, we picked out our top 7 favorites. We can't wait to see who ends up with these specials boots!
4) Cognac full wrap American Alligator riding boot - Stock size 6.5B
As everyone in our country and abroad is aware, the United States is in unprecedented waters. Not only are we facing a great political divide, but we are all scared for what the future might hold. However, while the news is shouting and the people are screaming, there are some, who want to be a calm in the storm.
In fact, there is a group of individuals from Wichita Falls, Texas who have set out to change the focus of the conversation. Leaving on November 4th in a 5.5 ton Army Truck, on what they call the Pray for Peace Journey, their goal is to land at our Nation's capital on Election Day. And while it may be easy to jump to conclusions, this movement is not about promoting one party over another, or even getting out the vote, their mission is simply to unite people in prayer, as we pray for peace for our beloved Nation. They reference 2 Thessalonians 3:16 as their mission statement.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
As it turns out, they are not the only ones interested in shifting the focus of our Nation. Pastor John Riggs of the Texoma Cowboy Church set out on horseback on September 29th. Stopping to talk to churches and people along the way, their 40 day ride will land them in D.C. on Election Day as well.
These two groups plan to meet up in Alexandria, Virginia on November 7th and head to the White House together, as a united front in their prayer for peace.
Here at Paul Bond Boots, we could not be more proud of our fellow Americans. We too believe in the power of people and prayer. As Election Day draws nearer, we pray not only for the journey of our friends but for all Americans. It is a time to unite.
We encourage all who are interested to follow their journey on Facebook:
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If there is one question I consistently get, particularly from women, it is: "what are the best socks to wear with my cowboy boots?"
Well ladies, it's taken me some time, but I have found the ONE! Like finding the perfect boots, or even the ideal boot maker, finding the right boot sock can feel like a difficult task, particularly if you are picky like I am. In the past, I have vacillated between socks that were too thick, and therefore too hot versus thin socks that just didn't have enough padding. After a while, I found myself just wearing simple and sometimes even mismatched athletic socks! Sound familiar? Ultimately, I resorted to the train of thought that boot socks just don't make a difference, so why bother? Boy was I wrong!
It wasn't until I ran into Mia Melendez last year in Santa Ynez at Buck Brannaman's Pro-Am that I came across her new creation, an entirely new style of sock, one that she claimed would end my everlasting search for the perfect boot sock. Of course, I was skeptical but I loved Mia and thought I would give it a shot. What I soon discovered was pure magic - I wore those first pair of socks for the next two days! To my surprise, they had sufficient padding without being too hot for the Santa Ynez heat, but even more importantly, they kept swelling down - something I didn't even think a boot sock could resolve in the first place! The rest was history..
Soon after becoming her #1 fan, I decided I just couldn't keep this secret to myself! It had to be shared with you, the women of Paul Bond Boots. So feast your eyes upon Mia's new Strydh Boot Socks, the one boot accessory you must have!
1. Arch Compression Band
2. Ankle Flex Darting
3. Toe & Footbed Padding
4. Achilles Shield
5. Lateral Mesh Ventilation
6. Tibial Compression
Blog Bonus: Interview with the founder and designer of Strydh, Mia Melendez!
What inspired you to design these socks?
After many years working in equestrian retail, and fitting boots, I saw the need for a specialized protective boot sock. There was nothing on the market that addressed all the issues in one sock. I wanted to create a comfortable breathable sock with support and protection in the heel and foot against chaffing and blisters.
What is your favorite feature?
I would have to say the best feature of this sock is the heel and Achilles protection. No worries of rubs or blisters from your new or worn in boots. You can enjoy riding your horse or wearing your new favorite dress boots in comfort.
What’s next? I know you mentioned new color.
I will be adding a black sock soon with all the same great features. There are also plans for some fun colors and new designs in the future.
Would you ever consider a men’s line?
Yes. I feel there is also a need for a men's sock that is protective and durable. So this is something I will be working on as well in the near future.
While leather selection and style is important, there are three key decisions you must understand before ordering a pair of custom cowboy boots.
The first is the heel height, our heels start at 1.25 inches (roper style) and go all the way up to 2.5 inches.
Having been in this business for a while, I have a pretty good pulse on what people are looking for. For instance, those seeking comfort and a stable base tend to lean towards our Number 1 Heel which as you can see above is 1.25 inches. This is often referred to as a roper or block heel. The biggest difference between this and a standard western heel is that it doesn’t have that underslung look. However, because we are a custom company, we can take that short heel and make it slightly underslung so you get the best of both worlds – extreme comfort with a western flair.
People often ask what our most popular heel is, and the answer is our 2X heel (1.5"). It provides a happy medium – not too tall, but not too short, comfortable yet underslung. Keep in mind, especially those looking for some extra height, because of how we build our boots, in a way that distributes your weight evenly, the taller heels are comfortable as well, they just may take a bit of getting used to.
Now to the good stuff - how to measure your heel height. As shown below, start at the base of the heel and measure up to wear the side seam begins. As you can see, this heel is the ever popular 2X or 1.5".
The second decision is the toe shape, here at Paul Bond Boots, we offer a variety of rounds, squares, and snips. Some people assume that cowboy boots only come in super pointy options, but again because we are custom company – we can accommodate any toe you are looking for. It is all a matter of preference and once we see your measurements, we can certainly offer some suggestions based on what will be the most comfortable and eye appealing based on the size and shape of your foot.
The third question you need to ask yourself is, how tall do you want your tops to be? As you can see here, this is how we obtain the height measurement – from where the heel begins all the way up the side seem to the top of the boot.
The standard height is 12” but Paul Bond has always been known for our tall intricate tops. The sky is the limit here, we have produced shorties under 10 inches and have even gone as tall as 22 inches! Personally, my one rule of thumb in choosing a height is to never have the boot end at the widest part of your calf. You either want to go a little shorter or a little taller. This achieve two goals – it elongates your legs while giving the boot a more proportionate look and feel.
So now that we have covered the basics and three decisions you must consider before ordering custom cowboy boots, I encourage you to browse our site for inspiration and then pick up the phone and call us, we are here to guide you every step of the way from measurements and leather selections to the items I discussed today.
Sometimes all it takes is just hearing someone's voice to know how very special and unique they are. I had an encounter like this during my first year at Paul Bond Boots while I was exploring the question, why us? Why do people love Paul Bond and what does Paul Bond mean to them. It was at this point that I came across a man by the name of Kent Clark. He was the proud owner of over 50 pairs of Paul Bond Boots and was sweet enough to chat with me for a bit about his life and his love of custom cowboy boots. Mr. Clark was a tried and true collector of our boots, and one who never deviated outside of our custom catalog styles. I distinctly remember getting off the phone with Mr. Clark, and thinking to myself, what a great conversation. It was one that stuck with me, so when I heard the news that Mr. Clark had recently passed away, I was very saddened.
However, shortly after, his son, Kurt, sent me an email with his father's obituary along with several photos. To commemorate his father, the family pulled out some of his favorite boots to celebrate his life. Seeing these photos made my heart sing, as they did for everyone at the shop who saw them! We can't describe how happy it makes us to see someone who enjoys their boots as much as Mr. Clark did. So while we are sad to see him leave this world, we know, he is up there in heaven in his good ole' cowboy boots having one heck of time! Mr. Clark, please know - you are remembered and forever missed by Paul Bond Boots.
As many of you know, Paul Bond Boots made the trip to Jackson Hole, WY this past year for the Western Design Conference. Upon arrival, we set up our booth quickly as we were eager to head to the town square before the true hustle and bustle began. As a first timer in JH, I was blown away by the natural beauty and artisanship that surrounded us. Bobbing and weaving throughout all the little shops and restaurants, we came across a quaint wooden box which read – “Poetry Box, Pick One and Enjoy.” Of course I was intrigued and drew a poem from the box, and surprisingly what came next was an interesting and somewhat confusing poem about cowboy boots. Ironic, huh? It read:
The reason I bring it up now, after so many months, is because for one reason or another, it stuck with me. I think primarily because I didn’t quite understand what it meant. Was it about a person who grew to love their boots over time? Was it as simple as breaking in a new pair of cowboy boots? Or was it even about boots at all?
After a quick first read, I thought to myself, well that was depressing… the poor guy bought an ill-fitting pair of boots! But after diving a little deeper, I realized it wasn’t depressing at all. To me, this poem is about a man, who grew and changed over his lifetime. Somewhere along the way he purchased a pair of cowboy boots but for some reason, they never felt quite right. In my mind, it wasn’t until he was ready to wear them that he realized their precious nature. In the end not only had the soles of his boots softened, but so had the soul of the man.
*Kim, if you are reading this - I would love to know the thoughts and sentiments behind the writing.
This got me to thinking, if you look back through time, the history of cowboy boots is quite rich with influences from all the over the world. While styles have certainly come and gone, one thing has remained true - the people who wear them are in a league of their own. Those special cowboys and cowgirls are often referred to in literature as the salt of the earth, and I can personally attest to their pure spirits and strong hearts. Some might even say they have soft souls just as the poem implies. People who wear cowboy boots, particularly custom cowboy boots, tend to have a passion for old world craftsmanship and quality materials. When they wear their boots, they wear them with pride because they know the great love and care put into every stitch and every layer. Whether you realize it now or not, I know one thing to be true, cowboy boots are woven into the lining of not only American culture, but the world's culture, and for that, I am grateful to play a role in continuing this fine form of custom craftsmanship.
It's funny how such a little poem can spark such a big thought - thank you Kim!
Alright ladies and gents, it's that time of year again - Valentine's Day! Whether you are single, dating, or married, it is time to show the love. Here at Paul Bond Boots. we feel like there is no better gift than a pair of cowboy boots! After all, they illustrate the ultimate level of creativity and uniqueness. Whether you wear cowboy boots everyday or just every once in a while, cowboy boots are embedded in the lining of American history and culture, therefore making them an ideal and timeless gift!
However, we also know that Valentine's is a time for instant gratification. Your Valentine isn't looking to have a gift 6 months from now, they are looking for their special surprise that day (even if that special someone is yourself!)
In lieu of this simple fact, we are offering 10% off on all our Ready to Wear starting today through February 14th! Below are some of my personal favorites!
*If you can't tell from the images below, I'm really into the exotic cowboy boots right now but trust me, we have countless others - give us a call!
Because I live in the world of custom cowboy boots, I often fail to convey the special nature of bespoke craftsmanship, essentially what makes custom boots preferable to your run of the mill stock boots. If you are not acquainted with this custom art form, all you see is dollar signs! So today I am here to tell you why you should opt for custom despite the higher price tag.
To begin, sizing is everything when it comes to boots. If you have ever worn a pair of uncomfortable cowboy boots, you know as well as I do that there is no worse experience! Therefore, if you are trying to incorporate boots into your wardrobe or even make them a staple, the fit is everything! Very few people realize that what we put on our feet today will affect us in the future. Ill fitting shoes can lead to bunions, hammer toes, corns, and that is just to name a few. They can also effect our posture leading to knee, hip, and back pain. If you think about it, our feet take us from A to Z hopefully throughout our lifetime, making them one of our most important assets as humans. For this reason alone, custom boots are always preferable. In order to ensure the best fit possible we take 6 measurements as well as tracings to construct a wooden replication of your foot. One of the most important measurements is around your ball. When this is done properly, it ensures that your foot is housed comfortably in the boot allowing your weight to be evenly distributed throughout versus front heavy on the ball of your foot - hence leading to foot issues later in life and pain in the immediate future. Did I mention, that I have NEVER measured two identical feet? So even if you find a stock boot that happens to fit you well, it is unlikely that both of your feet are going to feel that same love. So folks, Ill say it again - fit is everything and here at Paul Bond Boots, we guarantee our fit!
Next up is longevity. Bottom line - custom handmade boots last longer than mass manufactured stock boots. Our boots are handcrafted using only the finest materials here in the good ole USA. Every stitch, peg, and nail is custom placed to ensure the longevity of your boot. And guess what, if for some reason you have an issue with your custom boot, we can always fix it, because WE made it. We know the inner and outer working of every aspect of our custom made boots and with that knowledge, we are able to diagnose a problem where someone oversees either can't or is unwilling to do so. So if you think about it, you could by one $400 pair of cowboy boots every year or so for the next 10 to 15 years, or you could purchase one custom boot starting at $900 that could last you up to 20 years!
Notice that I left design for last. I did this because I am well aware of all the cool and exciting options out there, especially when it comes to mass manufactured boots. Some people are not willing to pay a little extra to get the exact look they desire. However, I think once you are convinced of the importance of fit and longevity, the ability to custom design your cowboy boots is just an added bonus! Once you get into the details of custom design, you will see just how creative you can get. On the surface, you can pick the exact heel, toe, and height that is most flattering to your foot and calf.
Note to all women: If I have learned one thing, regardless of whether you have a small or a large calf, the size, shape, and height of the tops can make all the difference in how the boot looks and feels on your leg. Let me help you pick out the perfect combination!
Once you get past the basic choices, you can move onto leather combinations, color, inlay and stitching. While I may be biased, trust me when I say, there is nothing more fun than making the trip to Nogales, Arizona to play with all the possibilities of custom cowboy boots. Come see us and experience the legend of Paul Bond Boots - we can't wait to meet you!
*If you are a custom boot owner, we would love to hear what led you to custom boots and what has kept you in them over the years - let us know in the comment section!
After our first year at the Dallas Safari Club Convention, I can safely say we will definitely be back next year. Not only were we in awe of the cool people we met, but also the vendors were incredible! Coming from all over the globe, the categories ranged from safaris and land leases to precious jewelry and off road vehicles. However, of course our favorites fell into the western realm and even more importantly, the products that we loved most were all hand made with love and care here in the USA just like Paul Bond Boots. Here are a few of our favorites:
Over the past year we have met Ritch Rand and his lovely wife Neta several times on the road. Each time, I am so impressed with their variety of work and passion for what they do. Having been in business for over 30 years, they have certainly mastered the technique of hat making. While I have yet to decide on the exact hat I want, trust me, a Rand custom hat is in my near future!
Up until this past weekend I was not familiar with the Montana Watch Company. Luckily for me, I have finally been enlightened to the wonders of old world timepiece craftsmanship. Not only is their work beautifully made, but it also pays homage to the designs of early American watchmakers. If you are the market for something truly unique, this is the place to go. Personally, I am eyeing this beauty!
P.S. Ask for Melanie, she is a sweetheart!
Unlike some of the other vendors, I have been familiar with Clint Orms for a good while as we both share the good ole' hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. To put it simply, his belt buckles are pure masterpieces. The intricacy of his designs and level of craftsmanship makes all of Clint's pieces timeless - certainly something to pass on through the generations.
Speaking of Wichita Falls, come see us this May for Boots, Buckles and Bourbon! More details coming soon.
While Western Grace did not set up this year, we were able to meet the lovely up and coming designer Jesse Smith. She makes beautiful pieces, many with hand tooled leather accents. Here she is below (right) with one of our all time favorite customers, both in their Paul Bonds!
The moral of this blog post is essentially to celebrate other artisans, who like Paul Bond Boots, aim to keep the world of bespoke craftsmanship alive in the U.S. Another takeaway would include this simple fact - if you did not attend this year, please come out next year, you won't regret it!