American Boots by Tony Lama

mid-20th century

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto
Toronto, Canada

From dime novels and Wild West shows to Hollywood Westerns, the cowboy symbolized unfettered freedoms and self-reliance in the 20th century. Although 19th century cowboys first splurged on ostentatious boots after reaching the railheads at the end of a long cattle drive, it took Hollywood and dude ranches for cowboy boot with its pointy toe and low slung heel to finally take shape. This pair of Tony Lama boots reflects the fashion for finery from the use of lizard skin at the toe to the high, stacked leather heel.


  • Title: American Boots by Tony Lama
  • Date Created: mid-20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 29 cm Width: 10.5 cm Height: 37.2 cm
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2016 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, reptile skin, cotton, rubber
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015

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