give 'em the boot
San Antonio-born bootmaker Lucchese kicks up ultra-exclusive, $16K anniversary boots
Nationally celebrated cowboy culture brand Lucchese has Texas in its DNA. In 1883, Salvatore Lucchese reportedly arrived in Galveston by ship from Palermo, Italy with his brother Joseph Lucchese. The Lucchese brothers then quickly set up shop in San Antonio, creating a bootmaking brand that is now 140 years old.
Now headquartered in Dallas with its factory in the heart of El Paso (known as the cowboy boot capital of the world), the legendary brand has marked its 140th anniversary birthday on November 9 with an exclusive collector's edition of the 140th Anniversary Boot — with an equally exclusive price tag.
The limited-edition Bluebonnet Boots (for men and women) sell for $15,995. Their design pays homage to Lucchese's history and the iconic symbols of the Lone Star State on hand-tooled leather. Playing to the anniversary theme, only 140 pairs are available, each with a commemorative boot bag.
Only 140 pairs of the 140th Anniversary Bluebonnet Boots are available. Photo courtesy of Lucchese Bootmaker
The 140th Anniversary Boot, just like all Lucchese products, speaks to the brand's old-school craftsmanship, the company touts in a release. When customers slip on a pair of Lucchese boots, they say, they're actually wearing a piece of hand-crafted art: each boot passes through the hands of about 180 to 200 skilled artisans before it's ready to hit the streets. Most of the boot-making changes have been unchanged since 1883.
Lucchese has evolved into a lifestyle brand that offers something for everyone beyond just boots.Photo courtesy of Lucchese Bootmaker/Instagram
Lucchese has a bustling location at Alamo Quarry Market in San Antonio, and several standalone stores across Texas.
"Lucchese's expansion of its retail arm has been an exciting priority this year, but what is more exciting is the opportunity to connect with existing brand fans and engage with new and curious ones in a market that feels like home," Doug Kindy, president of Lucchese Bootmaker, said in a statement.