Congratulations! You've made it this far, and now you walk the path in the boots you've wanted and earned for so long. Your time here in Aggieland is coming to an end.
Here you will find basic boot care (more detailed on the Boot Care tab), tapping options, and more.
One plastic Tap at the Toe, and a single horseshoe tap at the heel.
A single metal tap at the toe, and a double horse shoe at the heel.
The double horseshoe tap will last longer.
Much more difficult to walk in, and require a waiver to be signed
One metal tap on the toe, four on the ball of the foot, and a double horseshoe at the heel.
The double horseshoe tap will last longer.
These are the most difficult to walk in, and require you to sign a waiver to have done.
My father, James R. King Jr. ‘42, got his senior boots before going overseas in the Army. While Dad was overseas fighting, his father, in a fit of patriotism, donated the boots to the war effort. To his dying day, my father never forgave him for it.
Boozin B-2, Fourth Batt, 1st BDE, Corps of Cadets
Holicks made the family Senior Boots. Three pairs - 93, 97, and 97 - me and my brothers. My grandfather, J. Elmore Hudson '30, paid for each of them. I recall meetings with Mr. Holick and his daughters, back when Holick's was on Northgate. I recall taking those boots home before the Zips could see, between semesters and wearing them around the house to break them in. Not a blister. Later, I was able to find two M1911 antique spurs, but both were rights. Holicks rebuilt one, reworking the metal studs and buckles on to provide me the correct spurs, the knobs worn by the cavalry troops at AMC and the same model spurs as worn by my grandfather.
I met my future husband at Holick's at the end of my Junior year. I came in needing a borrowed pair of Senior Boots stretched for boot run because my boots were not ready yet. He worked at Holick's and stretched my boots. Fast forward to when my real Senior boots came in. He was the one who put my stamps on the inside of the barrel and he noticed my organizations and as I like to say he "fell in love with my feet and legs first". He never really said much while I was in Holick's. A couple weeks after I picked up my boots he sent me a private message on Facebook asking me out and 3 years later we were married.
I'm not as sure this is a Good Bull story as it is a testament to the quality and tradition of these boots! My father was Tom Jones Sammons '55 and was the CO of his outfit, A Quartermaster, his senior year. Back in those days, things were tough and Dad wasn't able to afford to purchase his boots new. He actually bought them from another guy who had been also been CO of his outfit ...so the tradition carried on through my dad. As the years passed, our Dad and our Mom instilled the love of A&M in my brothers and I. While we were in grade school, Mom and Dad went back to A&M to get their Master's degrees, both finishing in 1970. We lived in "married student housing" during several summers and my brothers and I played all over campus like it was our back yard! Fast forward to Fall of 1975, the beginning of my freshman year. Dad gets out his boots and polishes them all up, and tells me that he would like to sell his boots to someone who needs them. Dad had said he thought they should be worth about $50. So I do a little detective work and find someone who would like to buy Dad's boots. Upon telling Dad the good news that there was someone who wanted to buy his boots, Dad said, "Don't you take that boy's money, you just give him the boots, and tell him to carry on the tradition." I did as my Dad said and gave him the boots. He was amazed and thrilled, shed a few tears of joys, and then...carried on the tradition. I think Dad was always very happy to know that his boots lingered on campus a few more years.
My dad was a junior from in Sq. 1 class of 88. When I decided to go to A&M and join the corps he gave his boots to me. They were a bit too big so we took them into Leo. He was able to raise the sole up to shrink the foot of the boot and make the barrel hit under my knee. I was so proud to be able to wear his boots for the 2017-2018 academic year. It was one of my favorite pass downs.
B-Company - Aggie Band
In 1990, Johnnie Holick helped me to restore my family heirloom senior boots that my great uncle John O. McLeroy, Jr. ‘38 and my dad John M. Percifield, Sr. ‘63 had worn their senior years from lamps to wearable condition for me to wear for my senior year in the Aggie Band.