2021 55¢ Western Wear – Cowboy Boot with Spur
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: July 23, 2021
First Day City: Abilene, TX
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 175,000,000
In addition to his hat, one of the most distinguishing features of a cowboy is his boots. They are made of sturdy leather and have a one-inch (or higher) heel. Some boots have rounded toes, while others may be pointed or square. A cowboy's work boots are generally more plain, while those worn for activities out of the saddle may have flashier designs. When working in the saddle, there's nothing more important than a cowboy's boots. They keep his feet in the stirrups while moving over uneven terrain at fast speeds, and protect his feet while working out of the saddle.
One of the earliest bootmakers was H.J. "Daddy Joe" Justin of Texas. Justin was the first bootmaker to include decorative stitching on the sides of his boots to help keep the leather from sagging. He catered to cowboys all over the West and even sent out custom fit kits with customers to spread the word of his boots. This tactic, along with the high quality of Justin's boots, worked tremendously. By 1910, sales had been made in 26 states.
Over the years, Justin Boots acquired other famous brands like Tony Lama, the Nocona Boot Company, and Chippewa Shoe Company. Justin Boots remains one of the most popular and reliable brands of cowboy boot to this day.