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Rudel Caiman Hornback
Cowboy Boots

I bought these boots in San Diego on a business trip. These boots are made by Rudel in Leon, Mexico, and were reasonably priced.

The foot is a print of caiman hornback alligator. Real alligator boots are much more expensive than these were. The foot color is called "Buttercup". The shaft is an intricate leather inlay in light and dark tan. The boots are standard cowboy boots -- 13" high, 1-5/8" walking heel and a J-pointed toe. They have all-leather soles. Mexican-made boots only come in "E" width, so I had to get a half-size smaller than my usual size (10D), and still need thick socks so my feet don't slide around in them. They attract a lot of attention due to their unusual color and design.

Note added July, 2007: now that I've had these boots for a while and have worn them a fair amount, I had to reduce my Comfort Scale index from 8 to 2 -- these boots are uncomfortable to wear. They require gel insoles and thick socks to make them tolerable. Unfortunately, I think the boot foot doesn't conform and won't break in for feet with high arches.


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