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If it weren't so funny, SF members critiquing cowboy boots...especially boots as iconically tacky as the snakeheads...might call their judgment on all other issues in to question.
It's irony, right?
The Alameda Flea Market has a ton of vintage and used pairs of cowboy boots every month. They are still off the radar in the Bay Area. I think I may look for a cool pair with some nice honest wear to kick around in jeans. I'll give it another try.
I guess all of my boots are Tex style. Never needed anything to take them on or off. I guess the next time I'm up in Montana or Wyoming I'll have to try out a pair of the Northern style.
Western wear isn't necessarily tacky unless you're talking about the urban cowboy segment. Out West/SW and throughout the Plains it's everyday clothing. It's like everything else, take it out of it's element and just about everything can look weird or whatever.
A few points:
1. The chicks that dig boots in a bar likely don't really care if you take them off for sexual exploits.
2. Displaying snake head boots with a sign about them being endangered at the Atlanta zoo will not make those viewing patrons worry about the illegality of the purchase of those boots. Those patrons would be FAR more likely to know the snakes to be endangered by pistols, rifles, shovels, and hoes. That would mean to wear those around might be risking getting one's own foot shot or bludgeoned. Arrest would likely not be the concern.
In Alabama, Arizona, and likely Mississippi wearing those boots would be prone to cause you to prove your citizenship.