World's Largest Cowboy Boots
San Antonio, Texas
A pair of cowboy boots, 40 feet tall and 35 feet wide, tower next to the parking garage at the North Star Mall. Their official name is "Giant Justins," and they were built in the late 1970s by Bob "Daddy-O" Wade after he had built a giant iguana for New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. They were moved to Texas in 1980, where their innards quickly became hangouts for homeless people and stoners. The boots have since been reinforced to protect unlawful entry.
They are decorated with Christmas lights in December and attract much mall business.
Though large by gargantuan footwear standards, they suffer from the same diminished grandeur of scale that plagues giant things near big cities (or over-the-top shopping foci, such as MN's Mall of America). These Big Boots would seem much more important about 150 miles west. Still worth a photo op stop.
August 2009: Susan Baker dug out her 35mm slide of the boots when they stood in Washington DC in 1979.