Shoe and Boot-Shaped Signs (page 3)

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Frayser Western
Store [gone]
Memphis, TN
Safety Wearhouse
Mobile, AL
Bean Shoe Service
South Beloit, IL
This photo of the Frayser Western Store sign is from 2007. The business and sign were gone by 2011.

This boot sign at the Safety Wearhouse has been there since at least 2007 when the Mobile Shoe Hospital occupied the space. [map]

Bean Shoe Service was also established in 1917. The store featured two shoe-shaped signs. I assume that the neon sign was a double-faced sign that it originally projected from the front of the building. By 2019, the shingles on the roof had been replaced and the neon sign was gone. It was sold to a collector. The smaller, non-neon sign (shown on the right above) is still there and is attached to a pole sign. [map]

Sole Solution
Red Bank, NJ (now Little Silver, NJ)
Ventura Leather
Ventura, CA
Tony's Shoe Repair
Los Angeles, CA
Martinez Shoe Repair
Alamosa, CO
Shoe Hospital
Birmingham, AL
The Sole Solution sign was built in 1933. This photo is from 2007. In 2009, the store moved to West Long Branch, NJ where the sign is displayed in the window. The sign was still there in 2013. By 2017, the store had moved to Little Silver, NJ and the sign was displayed in the front window there. [map]

The Ventura Leather sign might be an adapted neon shoe repair sign. [map]

The Tony's Shoe Repair sign is probably from the 1950s or so. [map]

Martinez Shoe Repair has been here since 1987. This wooden sign might be from then. [map]

The Goodyear Shoe Hospital opened in 1922. This sign might be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Sou's Shoe Repair
Burbank, CA
2013: 2021:
The Sou's Shoe Repair sign is from 1947. It probably had neon originally. By 2016, the sign had been painted black and read "Deluxe Repair." By 2021, the panels were covered with vinyl sheets which are outlined with LED strips. [map]

Royer Boot
Granby, QC
Neal's Shoe Store & Repair
Wenatchee, WA
I believe this Royer Boot sign is modern. Royer Boots have been produced since the 1930s. This sign is mounted on the side of Le Magasin Industriel's building. For more, see this website. [map]

Neal's Shoe Store & Repair was established in 1942. The store moved to this location in 1960 and these signs are believed to have been built then. The boot panel is about six feet wide. The signs are only partially lit now. Originally, the boot sign was lit in two-part animation with the word "Repairing" and the border around the boot flashing sequentially. [map]

Boot & Saddle Bar
Philadelphia, PA
Wallace's Cowboy Outfitters
Tucson, AZ
Tino's Shoe Repair [gone]
Ottawa, IL
A-Bob's Bail Bonds
Big Spring, TX
Greer's Western Store
Eastland, TX
The Boot & Saddle nightclub opened in 1969 and this sign is from then. It is about 20 feet tall and eight feet wide. The Boot & Saddle closed in 1995. It finally reopened in 2013. In 2015, the sign was taken down for restoration by Len Davidson. The panels were too far gone and replicas had to be created. The channel letters and tubing were also recreated. The new sign was installed in 2016. The business closed in 2020 but the sign is expected to remain. [map]

This sign originally advertised for Wallace's Cowboy Outfitters which moved to this location in 1967. There were at least two Golden 6 Motel signs in Phoenix and Eloy, AZ which looked very similar. Those signs which had both neon and plastic panels were probably built in the 1960s. They might have been the inspiration for the Wallace's sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

I have no idea how old this Tino's Shoe Repair sign was. The sign and business were still there in 2018 but both were gone by 2019.

The A-Bob's Bail Bonds sign must have advertised for a shoe/boot repair shop or a Western wear store originally. It appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Greer's Western Store started out as a boot and shoe repair business in 1935 in Ranger, TX. The business was moved to Eastland in 1981 and operated as Greer's Department Store. The store has been at its current location since 1998. The sign looks like it might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Implement Co.
Smithfield, UT
Dayton Boots
Vancouver, BC
Acme Boot [gone]
Clarksville, TN
This painted boot sign at Smithfield Implement Co. is about 12 feet tall. [map]

Dayton Boots was established in 1946 as a boot manufacturer in Vancouver. The sign was built in 1950 for the opening of the factory store. It represents the company's Dayton 64 work boot which was popular with local lumber workers. The sign is maintained and is still lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This giant boot sign was located at the Acme Boot store. The store closed in 2001. A furniture store moved into the building but this sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2007. The sign was dismantled in 2009.

Capitol Saddlery
Austin, TX
Western Boots
Mercedes, TX
Jewell Boot
& Shoe Repair
Perryton, TX
Harry's Boots
San Saba, TX
M.L. Leddy Boots
San Angelo, TX
Capitol Saddlery was founded in 1930 and moved here in 1942. By 2007, the store had moved to another location. This photo is from 2011. This sign is still there. The lower text panel has been removed. [map]

I believe Camargo's Western Boots opened in 1973. This sign might be from then or it might have advertised for a previous boot store. [map]

Jewell Boot & Shoe Repair is closed but the sign remained. In a 2023 tornado, it was knocked to the ground and twisted. It seems unlikely that it will be repaired. [map]

Harry's Boots was established in 1939 as Leader Dry Goods. Harry took over the store in the early 1950s and it was renamed Harry's Department Store. In 1971, the store expanded to the corner and that part of the building became Harry's Boot Store. The entire store is now known as Harry's Boots. However, the business still functions as a department store selling Western clothing, furniture and other goods. This giant sign is probably from the 1950s. I assume that it had neon originally. [map]

M.L. Leddy Boots was founded in 1922 in Brady, TX. The company opened this store in San Angelo in 1936. All Leddy's boots are made in San Angelo, while the company's saddles are produced at the company's headquarters in Fort Worth. For more, see this website. [map]

M.L. Leddy's Boots & Saddlery
Fort Worth, TX
Silver Spur Motel
Amarillo, TX
2011: 2018: 2011: 2017:
I believe this M.L. Leddy's Boots & Saddlery store opened in 1941. The red text sign is probably from then. The boot sign might be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. There was another location with a boot sign in Grand Prairie, TX. [map]

The Silver Spur Motel and sign were built in 1952. The neon was removed sometime after 2013. The sign was originally installed much closer to the ground, between two neon text panels which are gone now. [map]

J.L. Mercer Boots
San Angelo, TX
Wood's Boots
Colorado City, TX
2008: 2018: 2017: 2021:
J.L. Mercer Boots opened in San Angelo in 1923. This sign is from much later. It was repainted around 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

Wood's Boots opened in downtown Colorado City in 1965. The store moved to this location in 1971. This sign might have been moved here from the original location. The sign was repainted around 2019. [map]

Rick's Bar
Fargo, ND
Solano Shoe Shop
Raton, NM
Regal Shoe Company
Richmond, VA
Rick's Bar opened in 1979 and this sign was built then by the Cook Sign Company. The sign is lit with red neon. Because of the text panel's jagged, faux wood edges, circular service access panels are installed on the faces rather than the sides of the sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Solano Shoe Shop opened in 1956 and this sign is probably from them. It most likely had neon originally. The business evolved into Soloano's Boot & Western Wear which is still operating. [map]

The Regal Shoe Company was established in Boston in 1893 and operated its factory in Whitman, MA. The company opened hundreds of shoe stores nationally and globally. It was one of the most successful shoe companies in the world before it went bankrupt in 1922. There is a surviving brass and terrazzo apron sign in Worcester, MA. The company had cast aluminum, high-top boot signs mass-produced for its stores. These signs were featured in print advertising as early as 1909. This advertisement is from 1917. There may have been earlier copper versions which were internally lit.

The Regal boot sign shown here is located at The Valentine museum. The Regal Shoe store in Richmond opened on Broad Street in 1905. By the early 1930s, there were two sign panels above the boot flush-mounted, the full width of the facade, reading "Coast to Coast" and "Regal Shoes." The store moved to two other locations on Broad before closing in 1965. The museum acquired the sign in 1967. It sat unrestored on the lawn until 1986 when it was restored by Chewning and Wilmer Inc. in Richmond. It was then hung in the parking lot of the museum where it remains today. [map]

Before the restoration, the sign had been retrofitted with neon on one side. During the restoration, it was changed to bulbs on both sides. There is an identical boot sign at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. It was acquired in 2008 and has neon on one side and bulbs on the other. Starting in the late 1920s, many earlier bulb signs were either scrapped or updated with neon. These boot signs are six feet tall and weigh about seven hundred pounds. They have sockets for 132 bulbs and have spurs above their heels. There was another boot like these in Boston, MA (1 and 2).

Bronze Boot Steakhouse & Lounge
Grand Forks, ND



The Bronze Boot Steakhouse & Lounge opened in 1954. The 16-foot-tall boot sign on the left above is believed to be from then. The spur has chasing bulbs. It is not known when the smaller boot sign was built. In 2012, the restaurant closed and the signs were auctioned off the following year. The smaller sign went to a private collector. The larger boot sign was won by the owner of Home of Economy for $6,000. After the sign was restored, it was put on display in the Grand Forks store's boot department. For more, see this website.

Cowboys Bar
Great Falls, MT
Spur Bar & Lounge
Dickinson, ND
The Cowboys Bar opened in 1941. This sign might be from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The Spur Bar & Lounge was open by 1955. This sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

More Shoe and Boot-Shaped Signs:
Montgomery Shoe Factory (Montgomery, AL)
Compton's Shoe Service (Burbank, CA) [map]
Valley Shoe Repair (Burbank, CA)
boot sign (Ceres, CA)
shoe & boot repair (Clearlake, CA) [gone]
Roberto's Shoe Repair (Los Angeles, CA) [map]
Wink's Shoe Repair (San Diego, CA)
shoe repair (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
shoe repair (San Francisco, CA)
Bob's Shoe Repair (Turlock, CA) [gone]
3rd Avenue Shoe Repair (San Mateo, CA) [gone]
shoe repair (West Hollywood, CA)
Champion Boots & Saddlery (Grand Junction, CO) [gone]
Shoe Repairing (Albany, GA)
Fox Shoe Repairs (Augusta, GA) [gone]
shoe repair (LeClaire, IA)
shoe repair (Chicago, IL)
Goshen Electric Shoe Shop (Goshen, IN) [gone]
Frisco Shoe Shop (Girard, KS) [gone]
Dee's Shoe Repair (Shreveport, LA) [gone]
Linardi Repairing (Baltimore, MD)
Drive-in Shoe Repair (Detroit, MI)
Economy Shoes (Flint, MI)
Cobbler's Corner (Northville, MI)
Gerry's Silver Slipper (Kansas City, MO) [gone]
Toomey's Shoe Shop (Lewiston, MT) [gone]
Hay St. Shoe Shop (Fayetteville, NC) [vintage; gone]
Frank's Modern Shoe Shop (High Point, NC) [gone]
American Shoe Repair (Caldwell, NJ) [map]
Gold Star Shoe Repairing (Camden, NJ) [gone]
Rocco's Shoe Repair (Closter, NJ) [gone]
Sal's Shoe Repair (Dover, NJ)
Bennie's Western Wear (Artesia, NM) [map]
Andrade's Shoe Repair (New York, NY) [gone]
shoe repair (Toledo, OH)
Kirby's Shoe Shop (Zanesville, OH)
No-D-Lay Shoe Shop (Albany, OR)
Blue Ribbon Shoe Service (Grants Pass, OR) [gone]
Sewickley Shoe Repair (Sewickley, PA)
Baker's Shoe Service (Rock Hill, SC) [gone]
Charlie's Shoe Repair (Mitchell, SD) [gone]
Rusty Spur Steakhouse (Pulaski, TN)
Heritage Boot Co. (Austin, TX) [map]
Messina's Shoe Repair (Grapevine, TX)
G&B Saddle & Boot Repair (Kilgore, TX) [gone]
Waco Shoe Hospital (Waco, TX) [map]
Modern Shoe Repairing (Provo, UT) [gone]
Suburban Shoe Center (Bristol, VA) [gone]
shoe repair (Richmond, VA)
Family Clothing Store (Centralia, WA) [gone]
G&B Shoe Rebuilders (Seattle, WA) [gone]
shoe repair (Seattle, WA)
Rocky's Shoe Shop (Clarksburg, WV) [gone]
shoe repair (Burnaby, BC)

If you know of any others, I'd love to hear from you.

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