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This archival blog, covering the years before, during, and after my owning Stompers Boots is a big salute and...

THANK YOU

to all the inside boot crew staff and the outside family of friends who made this journey some of the best years of my life!

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New York City Stompers

"For Leathermen in New York City in the late 70s/early 80s, Stompers was a place to be.  This tiny West Village boot store expanded to include an art gallery where Tom of Finland, Etienne, Rex, Bastille, Brick, Domino and many other Leather-oreinted artists were shown.  Louis Weingarden created in Stompers a wonderful world that could have been Sandmutopia's general store.  The rich aroma of new boots, the work of the world's best Leather artists, and an odds-and-ends assortment of used toys -- whips, restraints, hoods, etc. -- created a unique atmosphere in which to sit back with a cigar and the discuss the plight and wonders of the world.  We miss it." (Published February 1988 -- Drummer issue #113)

"For Leathermen in New York City in the late 70s/early 80s, Stompers was a place to be.  This tiny West Village boot store expanded to include an art gallery where Tom of Finland, Etienne, Rex, Bastille, Brick, Domino and many other Leather-oreinted artists were shown.  Louis Weingarden created in Stompers a wonderful world that could have been Sandmutopia's general store.  The rich aroma of new boots, the work of the world's best Leather artists, and an odds-and-ends assortment of used toys -- whips, restraints, hoods, etc. -- created a unique atmosphere in which to sit back with a cigar and the discuss the plight and wonders of the world.  We miss it." (Published February 1988 -- Drummer issue #113)

  • Gallery opening at Stompers NYC
  • Homoerotic art, leathermen and cigars
  • Drummer magazine article about Stompers gallery in NYC
  • Louie Weingarden NYC Stompers founder
  • Louie Weingarden - rooftop NYC
  • Louie Weingarden on left, Tom of Finland on his right, next to Tom is artist Etienne
  • Robert Mapplethorpe on right
  • Etienne - artist Homoerotic leather scenes
  • Hans Gerd Mehrtens poster
  • Domino poster
  • A very special time and place in the history of the American Leather scene!
  • Mike McNamee, the web team and this website have absolutely no connection to the current ownership of Stompers Boots.

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