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Custom Cowboy Boots and Vintage Cowboy Boot Collecting

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Eugene Lopez - Rusty Franklin Boot Company
In Memory of
Eugene Lopez
November 15, 1933 - March 8, 2015

Gene was born November 15, 1933 in Llano, TX and went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2015 at the age of 81.
A Vigil service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
As a celebration of his life we will wear red in honor of his favorite color.
Gene always had a big smile and lived life to the fullest. He was the greatest Pepo to all his granddaughters and great grandkids. He was a kid at heart himself.
At the early age of 16 he went to work at a boot shop in Llano. He became a very well known boot maker and was featured in several books and magazines. His work was also featured in a traveling boot exhibit that went across the country. He made boots for several celebrities like Tommy Lee Jones, Jerry Jones, Barry Pepper, Colin Powell, Tanya Tucker and several NFL football players. He even made boots for a Saudi Prince.
He married Dolores Robles on November 8, 1952 and they enjoyed a loving life for 62 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
Gene is survived by his wife Dolores Lopez, daughter Eva Yolanda Echavarria (Jessie) and granddaughters Jessica Echavarria, April Castro, Debbie Echavarria. Daughter Elizabeth Montez (George) and granddaughter Valerie Montez. He also had 5 great grandchildren Daniel Lucero, Diego and Jessie Castro, John Paul and Lilliana Castillo. He is also survived by his sister and brother in law Joyce and Walter Banks and brother in law Bob Stinespring and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the RN's Roy, Dala & Jennifer and aids on 5th floor at Shannon for the great service and support they provided Gene and the family.
BamabootsPerson was signed in when posted
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Saw those nudie boots earlier. Pretty rough shape but the bidding jumped quickly.
CowboybootnutPerson was signed in when posted
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Nudie Boots on Ebay.
BamabootsPerson was signed in when posted
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Met Marty Stuart during my policing days. Provided security for him when he did a local concert. Super nice guy. Took a few of us onto his bus after the show just to chat. Really small guy too, likes a tall heel and a pointy toe.
CowboybootnutPerson was signed in when posted
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Country singer Marty Stuart boots.
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A great place to visit when in San Antonio.


Little's Boot Company still kicking after 100 years

South Side family business cobbles custom cowboy boots

SAN ANTONIO - In 1915, Lucien Little, a traveling shoe salesman, settled down and opened up a little shoe store which evolved into a boot making company. One-hundred years and four generations later, the family is still making custom boots the old-fashioned way.

“Today, we do boots for people all over the world,” said 83-year-old Dave Little, the founder’s grandson.

Little can still be found most days at Little’s Boot Company, a modest storefront and workshop at 110 Division Avenue. Two of his children, Sharon and Duane Little, now run the business.

The showroom is filled with boots of exotic skins, elaborate stitching and even some non-traditional colors.

“Most of all these styles are generated by customers because that’s what we do: custom work,” Dave Little said.

He proudly shows off a boot his father made 60 years ago.

“It’s made out of sea turtle, which is against the law today,” he said.

When Lucien Little began making boots, his buyer was the working cowboy. The boots were made to be comfortable and to take a licking.

When Dave Little moved into the management saddle in 1975, he made a shrewd business move. He switched from a work boot to a dress boot.

“We went to a fancier boot because we figured that’s what the customer wanted,” he said.

Make no mistake; they are fancy. You can’t mosey in an find a pair for less than $1,300. A pair of saltwater crocodile boots runs $10,000.

The workshop is anything but fancy.

A handful of artisans work their time-worn tools, stitching and cobbling each boot with precision.

“Most factories put nails here,” said Duane Little, pointing to the bottom of the soles. “We peg them with wood because wood expands. So when it’s wet, it lasts longer.”

Forty years ago, Dave Little chose quality over quantity, targeting customers willing to pony up more money for a pair of boots styled and custom-crafted for their particular feet.

One room of the workshop is filled with plastic custom molds as large as size 15EEE. Dave Little points out one that’s for a repeat customer with a bunion.

“We do a tremendous effort to make them happy,” he said of his customers. “Hopefully most of them come back for a second pair.”

Monday, the Texas House of Representatives recognized Little’s Boot Company for its century in business.

Dave Little attributes their success to two things.

“If you enjoy the trade and enjoy customers, you stay with it,” he said.

For 100 years, the four-generation business and its customers have been a pretty good fit.

BamabootsPerson was signed in when posted
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I figured a Dutch poster would at least post a photo of some wooden Crocs. :)
The Local Boots DealerPerson was signed in when posted
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@CBBN, @bama, I haven't had them in my hands yet...they are shipped shortly,..Size also unknown but on meassurements suggest a smaller mens size 6D-ish...bouhgt them of the pics, the price was just too sweet, even if they have a butchered re-sole i'm still ok with it. But I bought them because they have a little something...the saltwater croc, the 1" snub toe...green/yellow topstitch, -green for the money/gold for the honey- love 'm...burt are a complete mystery...I was hoping that somebody would recognize the tounque stitch...btw the Uribe Boots (all info/research still very welcome) are save and enjoyed by a Dutch collector,..grtz from Amsterdam,...
CowboybootnutPerson was signed in when posted
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Any markings inside?
BamabootsPerson was signed in when posted
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I love those boots and am so intrigued by them. My suggestion is that you send them across the the pond to me, especially if they are a 9.5-10, and let me study them more closely, perhaps I (we) can figure out their origins and we wil let you know and perhaps return them to you, maybe not. #great boots
The Local Boots DealerPerson was signed in when posted
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...no thoughts on who, where and when these aligator beauties were made? my estimate would be '50's...these is an intricate stitch on the 'tounqe' a little bit like Blucher...grtz. TLBD
BamabootsPerson was signed in when posted
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Another fine AL boy.
CowboybootnutPerson was signed in when posted
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I wonder who owned these boots?
JERRY WALASZEKPerson was signed in when posted
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I meant Bama,these phones are hard to type on.
JERRY WALASZEKPerson was signed in when posted
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Thanks Nama,I was wondering about the inside to.I have them in a room that's dedicated as an office too and I'm gone more than I'm here so I don't run the air much.I wonder if a dehumidifier would work?I looked yesterday and found a pair that was growing a beard!When I was on a buying kick a couple years back from eBay they always say ""Comes from pet free,smoke free home"well one guy had them listed by saying "I ONLY CAUGHT MY DOG WEARING MY BOOTS AND SMOKING MY BEST CIGARS ONCE"!got a kick out of that one !! Thanks Nama..Sincerely, Jerry
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