Why Do Texans Like To Wear Cowboy Boots? August 24 2020
Cowboy boots are an icon of Texas. Everyone from cowboys to celebrities enjoys wearing this work and fashion staple. You may have wondered why Texans love their cowboy boots so much, but only got “It’s a Texas thing.” as an answer. Here’s really why Texans (and so many others) love these boots.
Texans have a unique style
Texas has unique people, landscapes, food, culture, and more. Practically everything about this state screams distinction. It’s no wonder that the styles in Texas are as different as its inhabitants.
Cowboy boots are used for riding horses in shows and on ranches and by construction workers, artists, laymen, celebrities, and everyone in between. Men can wear them with (almost) anything and women have paired them with pants, skirts, and dresses alike. They are comfortable, durable, and eye-catching.
Cowboy boots have many benefits
These don’t just look great, they also come with many benefits. Handmade and custom boots can be even better. Here are just some benefits that draw people to cowboy boots.
- They are versatile: Whether you want a new pair of stylish shoes or something that will hold up in a tough line of work, you will find it in cowboy boots.
- They feel great: Nothing beats the fit of a handmade, custom pair of cowboy boots. By getting a custom pair, you can be sure they are made just for you and your unique needs. Fit is vital for comfort, but so are the materials used. Handmade boots come in a variety of materials and are usually made with the best available.
- They are durable: This benefit is most important for those who work in their cowboy boots. If you take care of them, they should last for many years, no matter how hard you work.
- They look great: For those who simply want to make a lasting impression, cowboy boots are a good choice. With so many options available on the market, including custom bootmakers, you are sure to find something that suits your style.
Good words about great boots
If the above benefits haven’t convinced you as to why Texans love their trademark boots so much, take it from these famous cowboy boot lovers. They gave their glowing opinions on texasmonthly.com.
This well-known singer-songwriter from Texas is also a known connoisseur of cowboy boots. Here’s what he has to say about his favorite fashion and work boot choice.
“With boots, there are a million design choices, and those choices can define who you are. Different activities require different kinds of boots. I mainly wear a style that would be considered a dress boot, but if I’m home on the farm or going to a horse show, I’ll wear boots that are really functional—tough enough for being knocked around all day in the pasture.”
Another popular Texan musician, Charley Crockett, enjoys his cowboy boots on stage.
“When I was doing the street playing, I wore a lot of classic wing-tip dress shoes. Old-school New Orleans street stuff. But then, as I started spending time in Texas playing blues joints and honky-tonks, I got a pair of used Tony Lamas in East Dallas. I’d stand a little taller up there onstage.
Some of those boots that have a little higher heel, that you wear a little tighter—it’s easier to move around onstage in those if I’m doing a little boogie-woogie. I wouldn’t want to be walking down some country road in those. You need something sturdier, wider for that.
Work boots—you could hike up the side of a mountain in those damn things if you wanted to.”
Known for his style and the creation of over 300 hundred neon signs found throughout Austin, Texas, Voyles is an avid boot collector.
“Growing up, my family had a ranch near Johnson City. And when you were at the ranch, you wore cowboy boots. That was just a rule.
As I got older, I started making my own choices about what I wore. It was the sixties, and my hair was getting longer. But I still wore jeans, a chambray work shirt, and cowboy boots, as I do now.”
“When you’re climbing a ladder for work, you’ve got to have at least one hand holding something—a tool or a sign. And when you get to the top you want both hands free. The very things that make cowboy boots structurally perfect for locking into a stirrup—the pointy toe, the high instep—make them perfect for locking onto the rung of a ladder. That’s what boots are about. It’s not about style. It’s work gear.”
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