4.26.2008

Teitzel-Jones Cowboy Boots

This is the pair of boots I'd grab if my house was burning down.


Bespoke Cowboy boots made in Witchita, Kansas by Teitzel-Jones in the 1920s.






"J. C. Teitzel established himself as the premier cavalry officer bootmaker as he positioned his shop in 1875 just outside the main gate of Fort Riley, Kansas, the leading command for the U.S. Army’s Cavalry Corps. It makes one wonder if Custer died with Teitzel boots on."
- Daniel Lees


"In 1916, Teitzel moved his business to Wichita, Kansas, and joined with Schuyler Jones, Sr., to form the Teitzel-Jones Boot Company. They had the largest boot making plant in the Southwest. Teitzel brought with him a huge list of customers from Fort Riley that proved to be a boon during World War I. During the war, the company worked around the clock to make boots to supply the government. Jones would also go to many military posts to measure officers for custom-made boots. Teitzel-Jones were providers of boots for West Point Military Academy, the National Park Service and others. They became famous for their boots and shoes for military officers, cowboy boots, and custom made shoes."
- Michelle Enke

High-flown, jaw dropping cowboy boots























A master cordwainer and designer, J.C. Teitzel also created a line of "Made by Teitzel" leather fashions for women.

Daniel Lees, old coot, cowboy, writer and fellow keeper of the flame is authoring a book that will shine some well deserved, and long overdue light, on the art and the makers (including J.C. Teitzel) of tooled leather fashions and furnishings made from 1900 to 1929.

Tentatively titled Artistic, Modeled Leather of the Arts & Crafts Era, it will be published later this year by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.


Boot Photography: J. Davis.
Teitzel-Jones Cowboy Boots: Collection J. Davis.
Vintage Photographs: Collection J. Davis.

2 comments:

  1. I am Granddaughter of Mary Louise Jones, sister of Schuyler. Schuyler Jones JR. resides in Wichita presently.
    My Grandmother gave my sister and I each a pair of boots!
    Nice to see this website.
    Kelly Cooper
    Tulsa, OK.

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  2. Now those are cowboy boots! Why can't they build those for regular people any more? Only the rich can afford good boots now days. I remember in the 1960's a regular cowboy could afford good boots like these. Today's stuff is ugly...even the ones made by the fancy companies don't compare in style to these. I miss the old days...people dressed better.-Sage

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