Vibram Cowboy

by Tammy Strobel on October 17, 2012

Since we moved to Northern California, Logan has been helping out around the ranch. He’s been rounding up cows, riding horses, and helping with other projects. He isn’t getting paid to help, but he’s getting something better: time with his family and the chance to be outside.

Yesterday, when Logan came home, we exchanged notes about our day. I told him about my bike ride into town to pick up the rental car and how I battled a headwind the whole way. I finally got a taste of Siskiyou County winds and they are crazy strong. Winter on the bike is going to be challenging. While I battled a headwind, Logan told me that he was riding in a beautiful green meadow rounding up cows. The scene sounded idyllic. He explained, “The meadow had lots of creeks, clear running water, tall green grass, and Aspens with golden leaves and white bark. There was a lot of sunshine and the temperature was perfect too.”

We talked a little bit more about our respective days and I asked Logan how his “new” cowboy boots felt. I don’t ride horses, but I’ve heard that it’s a whole lot easier to ride a horse with a good pair of boots and spurs. When we got to the ranch, Logan realized that his cowboy boots were starting to fall apart. There was a hole in the sole and the heel was worn down to the nails. Fifteen years of wear will do that to any shoe. Rather than buying a new pair of boots, we opted to ride our bikes into town and drop them off for repair at the local cobbler.

In the meantime, Logan needed some sort of shoe that he could put spurs on. To meet his needs, he rigged his old brown leather office shoes for his new work. He wrapped twine around the shoes to hold his spurs in place and it actually worked!

Luckily, Logan’s real cowboy boots were ready to be picked up earlier this week. When he walked into the cobbler shop he didn’t even recognize his own boots on the shelf. Gerry, the cobbler, repaired the boots he polished them as well. The boots look awesome and they have Vibram soles. According to Gerry, these soles will last longer and be more durable.

My hubby now has a new nickname around the ranch, they call him the Vibram Cowboy!

Be well,
Tammy

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1 Mary Dawkins October 17, 2012

I love getting old shoes resoled!!! The boots look wonderful.

2 Mopsa October 17, 2012

Beautiful boots! When I first looked at them I thought they were new. The cobbler did a great job :P

3 Megan Swicegood October 17, 2012

I love the story about Logan’s boots! My husband doesn’t “need” cowboy boots for work, but when we moved back to Texas he decided he really wanted a pair. My only condition was leather soles so that they could be repaired when they got worn out instead of being tossed out. I wish more things were like good cowboy boots – well loved and easily repaired.

4 Jeff Smith October 17, 2012

Great post Tammy! The ranch should give you both fun and new experiences.

5 Pepper October 17, 2012

Love this! The cobbler here in Healdsburg who repaired my boots last year did a wonderful job, and is such a sweet guy. I’ll never go anywhere else :D

6 Cluttered Mama October 17, 2012

Wow! That cobbler did a great job! Those look like new boots– a true testament to trying to fix items rather than throwing them out, the importance of buying quality the first time, and the need for the “lost” arts like cobbling!

Based on your title, I thought I was going to see some five-fingered boots! I know people love them, but they freak me out. I had to come check this out when I saw the title in my blogroll!

7 Claire October 17, 2012

Something old being repaired to their former glory is so satisfying: those boots are something special xo

8 Paul - The Kind Little Blogger October 17, 2012

“Vibram Cowboy”. Love it!

9 Trisha October 17, 2012

The kitten in the boots picture makes me smile. Cute!

10 Thomas October 17, 2012

I didn’t even know that cobblers were still around until two years ago, at a halloween party, a friend mentioned he had gotten his old combat boots resoled. I had just gotten rid of a well-loved pair of the same kind of boot because the sole was worn through…I had no clue they could be resoled! It took a few years of looking, but I finally found another pair. Definately getting them resoled when they need it. I’m also learning about bootblacking and leather care to keep my current pair as long as I can.

“Vibram Cowboy”…that’s got a nice ring to it. :)

11 aime lopez October 17, 2012

Great boots!!! Looks like the kitten wants “two pairs” too!!! ;)
Now that you live at the ranch you might need to get a car, maybe an old truck? Or have you seen the Sion IQ?it looks like the Smart but is cheapper… My sister in law got one, she is paying a “rent” but at the end she will buy it for a small price.. You should check it out!! Say a big Hiiiiiiiiihaaaa!!! To the Vibram Cowboy, from a Mexican Cowgirl!!! ;). Peace!!!!!

12 Sandra Pawula October 17, 2012

A local cobbler is probably rare in the US in this day and age! Those boots look fantastic. May they last many more years.

13 Trish October 18, 2012

I ride horses, and a pair of boots never seems to last more than about 3 years. I wear old running shoes in summer (my spurs come with straps to hold them on) and boots once the temps get cold and the mud starts flowing. Last year my boots separated at the sole and I fixed them with caulk. More disaster struck when one of my dogs realized how delicious my boots were and chewed them around the ankle area. I fixed that with duct tape. But it looks like it’s time for a new pair.

14 Kristy October 18, 2012

I just finished your book & it was inspiring to me. I was bummed you hadn’t included photos of your tiny house in the book but I was excited to see it on here.

15 Noelle October 26, 2012

Oh my! I’m not sure how I missed your first post about the move, but I spent the entire summer in Siskiyou County on an internship (in a small town about an hour and a half to the west of Yreka), and I fell in love with the area. So gorgeous, and the people are so nice there! I can’t wait to go back to visit, and I am glad to see you are enjoying it :)

Noelle — long-time reader delurking out of a love for Siskiyou :)

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