When I talk to European friends over the age of 40, even those who I hung my hat with regularly when I lived in Europe, they still think that a lot of yanks walk around wearing cowboy boots, as if the Wild West is still alive and well as it was in John Wayne movies. While many of these friends are well traveled and have even been to the states, most tend to land in the popular coastal cities and very few of them have made it to the South or the West.
Truth be told, I owned a pair of cowboy boots as a teenager – the seventies and eighties brought with them a fad of cowboy boots alongside the glitter of disco balls, matching colored shoes and silver dangles. It was a small town in the northeast however not the southwest, so top designer names were a mystery to me as were brands beyond a teenager’s budget at the time.
On our recent drive across country, we took the southern route because it was winter and fell upon an eclectic and fun array of cowboy boots in Nashville, Oklahoma City and then again in Texas and New Mexico before we hit the coast.
A favorite of mine is the Old Gringo brand although sadly I have never owned a pair. Others in my path on this trip included Ariat, Corral, Eight Second Angel, Dingo, Miranda, American Rebel, Dan Post, Justin, Lucchese, Ferrini, Nocona, Durango and Tony Lama, among others. Each brand obviously has their own unique style.
You can get them embroidered, studded, laced, with fringe, rhinestones, diamonds, crosses, horseshoes, feathers, hearts and embellished. You can wear cow leather or snake leather and everything in between depending on your budget. Want heals in bright pink with turquoise trim? Not a problem. There are plenty classic rich brown options as well – make a statement or go more sophisticated and tame.
Join me on a visual tour through some of the stores I visited, from Nashville and Oklahoma City to Amarillo Texas and Santa Fe New Mexico. What’s your favorite? Starting in….Oklahoma!!
What’s your favorite and why? Let us know in the comments below.