“They are very different. They are much lighter, but very well made,” he said. “Men wore them for everything from going to work to dancing or going to funerals. When a man had his boots made, they were an investment intended to last all his life.
When Lincoln walked on a wooden floor, the sound would have been commanding.
"You would have known when the president walked in the room," he said.
"Boots take top-notch precision work," [Jack] Reed said from his home in Burnet. "Everything has to be exact. And you have to be an artist, too, to be able to visualize what the customer envisions and make it all work together. Michael could do all that."
...Here he fashions German Freudenberg calf and rare saltwater crocodile into one-of-a-kind cowboy boots for well-heeled men who, he says, are more inclined to “punch the pedals on a private jet than jump on the back of a horse.”