Senior Boots

Senior Boots
Members of the Corps of Cadets look forward to Final Review at the end of their Junior year when they can finally step into their Senior boots which they will continue to wear throughout their senior year.

The making of boots dates back to 1914 when the Corps changed from the West Point style uniforms to the national cadet wardrobe. In 1921 they were made by Jack Alesci at Randolph Army Air Field in San Antonio.

In 1925, the English style of boot became the traditional Senior boot that we still see today, and the boot was officially designated as part of the Senior Cadet's uniform. To meet the needs of the Senior Cadets in 1926, Lucchese's in San Antonio started making boots.

The local competition sprang up in 1929. Holick set up his shop adjacent to campus at Northgate. In 1932, Holick's price for a pair of boots was around $32.50.

During World War II, boots could not be made due to the rationing of leather. So, incoming Seniors had to buy their boots from former students.

Another change came in 1966 that made the look of each and every Senior more uniform. It was decided that all boots must be of medium brown color. In the year following, for the first time ever, cadets adopted uniform privileges for the next year.

The 1970's brought many changes to the Corps of Cadets. The Seniors were presented another vendor for making their boots, Victor's in Bryan. In 1974, women were allowed to enter into the Corps. But it was not until 1979 that they were able to wear boots. The going rate for a pair of women's boots was $80 in comparison to men's for $300.