Around 1870, the first cowboy boot was made when cowboys moving cattle cross country realized they needed different boots than the ones they wore in the war. At first cowboy boots were custom made for the wearer for utilitarian purposes with thicker leather and functional details like heels designed to keep them from getting caught in stirrups.
With the arrival of mail order catalogs, boots became more accessible and with that they became fashionable with the detailing becoming more and more ornate. One of these flourishes is the “toebug” or medallion on the toe of the boot. Bootmakers tended to create a toebug design that they used throughout their career as a signature. It’s from these traditional designs that we were inspired to create our bootstitch design. This design is hand saddle-stitched on each piece we create in the bootstitch collection.