Photo: 100 years of El Rey boots
Tony Lama, the beloved boot/bota maker to rodeo kings and queens is celebrating 100 years of boot making. The boot maker started making boots for the U.S. Calvary and has been calling El Paso, Texas home for almost as long. Founder Tony Lama married Ester Hernandez and now their heirs are part of the business that is owned by none other than Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.
It is commemorating its anniversary with the fourth-edition pair of El Rey boots that are covered in 100 diamonds and 14-karat gold buckles.
The fine-grade leather pair of boots was designed by Tony Lama Boots, but the gorgeous gold and jewel ornaments were created by El Paso jewler, goldsmith, designer and author Susan Eisen.
“It was an honor to be chosen to adorn these one-of-a-kind boots for Tony Lama and to show how the art of diamonds and gold can help celebrate momentous occasions in the lives of people, families and corporations,” Eisen said.
Before you go writing checks for the $50,000 these boots are worth, this pair of boots are not for sale, they will be on display at Western specialty retailers and brand events this fall and throughout 2011 all over the United States.