Sometimes all it takes is just hearing someone's voice to know how very special and unique they are. I had an encounter like this during my first year at Paul Bond Boots while I was exploring the question, why us? Why do people love Paul Bond and what does Paul Bond mean to them. It was at this point that I came across a man by the name of Kent Clark. He was the proud owner of over 50 pairs of Paul Bond Boots and was sweet enough to chat with me for a bit about his life and his love of custom cowboy boots. Mr. Clark was a tried and true collector of our boots, and one who never deviated outside of our custom catalog styles. I distinctly remember getting off the phone with Mr. Clark, and thinking to myself, what a great conversation. It was one that stuck with me, so when I heard the news that Mr. Clark had recently passed away, I was very saddened.
However, shortly after, his son, Kurt, sent me an email with his father's obituary along with several photos. To commemorate his father, the family pulled out some of his favorite boots to celebrate his life. Seeing these photos made my heart sing, as they did for everyone at the shop who saw them! We can't describe how happy it makes us to see someone who enjoys their boots as much as Mr. Clark did. So while we are sad to see him leave this world, we know, he is up there in heaven in his good ole' cowboy boots having one heck of time! Mr. Clark, please know - you are remembered and forever missed by Paul Bond Boots.
Hi Kim! I am thrilled you came across my blog! I love the sentiment behind your writing – just as our boots change over time, so do we. I am so excited to see this surprise however, sadly I cannot find it! If you would forward me link, I would love to see it! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org!
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What a thrill to find your blog, thank you! I love your analysis, like the fresh air of Wyoming. You hit the nail on the head. The boots fit in the store during the walk around. Once home they hurt, I didn’t have patience for the wear in phase so I left them on the shelf to collect dust. Then one day they fit, I loved them. Did I change, my feet change did the boots change? Boots are a study representation of ourselves, sometimes too stiff in our responses until we relax into a comfortable fit. The irony, I imagine, was planned by a greater entity than you or I. . I’m so thankful to meet you and learn about Mr. Bond. Thank you for your insight. If you look me up on the internet you’ll find a surprise.
I have had the distinct pleasure of owning 3 pair of PB custom made boots. I will always come back to this boot maker for the best boots I could ever wear!