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).

Description 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).