Ladies’ Justin Black Chester With Leopard Top Boots
The first pair of boots H.J. Justin ever made were retan boots – a heavier type of boot made for riding out on the range – for Frank See for $9.00. Frank wore those pair from 1879 to 1905 when he quit riding herd on cattle. The first pair of boots H.J. ever made.
After gaining popularity, H.J. became more creative with his design process. He began designing boots with decorative stitching and is credited with being the first to sew rows of stitching across the boot tops as a means of stiffening the leather. This technique prevented the boot from wearing and folding down towards the ankle.
He later began decorating his boots with more intricate stitching, hand tooling, colorful leathers and thread, silver conchos, and unique illustrations. Since then, Justin Boots has paved the way in creative boot design and construction creating many kinds of boots like the iconic Roper and has even designed boots for movie stars and presidents including President Lyndon B. Johnson.