American Packer Boots by Justin Boots

20th century

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Packer boots, like the more iconic pull-on cowboy boots, originated on the frontier and were also worn for horseback riding. They evolved from the 19th century lace-up boots and allow wearers to customize the fit. Like other cowboy boots, packer boots feature high heels and are commonly embellished with embroidery. This unembellished boot was made by Justin Boots, one of the oldest cowboy boot makers dating to 1879.


  • Title: American Packer Boots by Justin Boots
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 29 cm Width: 11 cm Height: 28 cm
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, metal, 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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