Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art

I never really need a reason to visit Santa Fe. If I did, this exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art would be the best one.


Finished boots at Deana McGuffin's Shop, Albuquerque NM *

"Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art
celebrates images of the West and views cowboy boots as important symbols of western life.
The exhibition presents more than 130 examples of contemporary and historic art, including paintings, drawings, advertisements,
postcards, sculptures, video imagery, and of course cowboy boots.
These images investigate changing aspects of the West by addressing freedom, loneliness, gender, fashion, allure and youth culture."

Oak Leaves, cowgirl boots by Lisa Sorrell **

At the New Mexico Museum of Art, on The Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico May 15, 2010 through Oct 17, 2010.

A Bucking Bronco by Frederic Remington ***


photo by Blair Clark, 2009.

Oak Leaves, 2008, Lisa Sorrell, courtesy of the artist.
*** A Bucking Bronco, 1888, wood engraving, Frederic Remington.


  1. I am very inspired by your blog, finding the art in cowboy boots. Thank you for all the great information!

  2. Those look incredible! Hope you update again with more.

  3. I must say you have a very nice boot collection!

  4. Fantastic boots! Thanks for the background as well!

  5. Lisa Sorrell's boots are outstanding. Really evocative of where those boots may spend their time when not tucked under the bed. Thanks for sharing. Betty

    Could you possibly direct me to a good source for cowboy campfire songs?

  6. I like Cowboy costume especially Boots and Hat nice Boots am loving it...

  7. James, I just found your blog. I pray you are well and able to keep it up. You venue here is a valuable resource for America's Western History (of which, I am a fan) I LOVE your boot and art collections, your research recommendations, and your tasty tidbits of cowboy history! Thank you SO much!