Like the cowboy boot itself, the Blucher Boot Company of Beggs, Oklahoma—in the middle of the state’s ranch country, just south of Tulsa—has a long and distinguished history.
The cowboy boot evolved after the Civil War when herders began driving longhorn cattle north from Texas. Designed for long hours in the saddle and rough country, boots came to be made with underslung heels to better hold a stirrup, pointed toes for easier mounting and high tops to protect the calf from brambles.
Gus Blucher began making boots in the late 1800s, and soon gained a reputation as an expert designer and innovator. During WWI, Gus moved his company from Wyoming to Olathe, Kansas, where he made custom boots until his death in 1932.
Today, the company Gus began is owned by Patrick Hale and James “Smitty” Smith. In keeping with Gus’ dedication to quality and comfort, Bluchers continues making its boots by hand after an exacting fitting process that uses an extensive series of measurements. This customization allows buyers to personalize their boots so they get exactly what they want, from heel height to leather type to design.
Blucher’s list of famous customers is as distinguished as its pedigree, and includes everyone from Pancho Villa, John Wayne and Reba McEntire to, in Smitty’s words, “an absolute host and plethora of working cowhands.” One thing’s for certain, as long as they wear their Blucher cowboy boots, they’ll never lose a stirrup.
— R.G. Robertson