Get Along, Little Doggies
Boots are a Texan’s best friend. No wonder they’re so doggone popular. Photographer William Wegman and model Fay Ray pay tribute to the footwear we walk, stomp, work, dance, live, love, and kick up our heels in.
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1990 National Magazine Award Winner for Photography. (Note: The photo images described in this article are not available online.)
Fay Ray, one well-heeled Weimaraner, will don anything for her master, photographer William Wegman. To capture his favorite subject modeling a variety of classic Western boots, Wegman used one of the few 20-by-24 inch Polaroid cameras in the world.
Description of photo on page 114: Crushed goatskin boots by Larry Mahan ($199), J Bar W Western Wear (Cleburne, Dallas, Forth Worth); Spurs by Randy Butters ($275), Two Moons Trading Company (Dallas).
Description of photo on Page 115: Custom calfskin boots ($525), M.L. Leddy’s Boot and Saddlery (Fort Worth, San Angelo).
<pDescription of photo on Page 116: Calf-hair boots by Larry Mahan ($280), J Bar W Western Wear.
Description of photo on Page 117: Cowhide boots, from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s (private collection), Cadillac Jack Boot Company (Austin).
Description of photos on Page 118,
upper left: Custom calfskin boot (left, $675), Wheeler Boot Company (Houston); Nocona cowhide boot (center, $189.95), Wild Bill’s/The Official Dallas Western Store; calfskin Texas boot from Lucchese’s State-Boot Series of the late 1940’s (private collection), Lucchese Boot Company (El Paso).
upper right: Cowhide child’s boot (left), circa 1950’s, and Rodeo Queen boot by Justin, circa 1960’s (private collection), Cadillac Jack Boot Company.
lower left: Calf-hair boots by Code West ($149.95), Wild Bill’s; puppy Battina, by Fay Ray (private collection).
lower right: Cowhide books by La Gran Bota ($199.95), Wild Bill’s.
Description of photo on Page 119: Custom boots of French calfskin with kangaroo overlay ($1,650), Little’s Boot Company (San Antonio).