Well, okay ... they're not really new, but they're new to me. I don't normally buy shoes when I go to the Salvation Army thrift store. For some reason, that has always creeped me out a little. However, these boots were just too good to pass up. I couldn't find a size on them anywhere. All the inside said was Zodiac USA. So, very reluctantly, I stuck my foot in to see if they'd fit. I mean -- really -- what was the chance they'd actually fit. You know what I mean? It turned out they were exactly my size. Dang.
I'm a big lover of cowboy boots and have quite a few pairs already. They're not cheap, by any means. I don't go for the super expensive ones, even though I post pictures of those on Facebook all the time. Most of mine cost less than $200, which is still A LOT to me. So, when I saw these boots for TEN DOLLARS and realized they actually FIT, I snagged them. For me to buy something at a thirft store for ten dollars says a lot. I usually come home with a huge bag filled with stuff for that much. The soles are practically untouched, so I'm guessing they weren't worn much, if at all.
I've looked online all over the place trying to find information about Zodiac USA boots. Not much is out there. Most of the boots that come up are listed as vintage. I did find a Facebook page that said the company began in the 1960s out of Venice, California and that the boots were often worn by celebrities, rock stars, and so forth. They sell newer footwear, apparently, but I can't find any links that show this particular boot. I left a message on their Facebook page, so maybe they can tell me when they came out or how much they cost new. For all I know, they could be a cheap, newer boot and not worth much. That's okay. I needed this shade of brown anyway.