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Cowboy boots-are they back

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mram65, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. mram65

    mram65 Well-Known Member

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    Wanted to ask about this topic again, because, as I pour through the latest fashion rags, I see LOTS of guys in cowboy boots.

    If you watch E., host Steve Kmetko wears black cowboy boots every night.

    Would like to hear from other boot wearing dudes as to what brand they buy, and what styles look best.
     
  2. no_style

    no_style New Member

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    Does George Bush wears Cowboy Boots?
    He is from texas.
     
  3. GQgeek

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    Heh. my opinion on cowboy boots is if you're not a cowboy or someone that goes to bars to square dance you shouldn't be wearing them ;p

    Presidents can do what they want.
     
  4. Steve B.

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    Consensus on cowboy boots seems to be love 'em or hate 'em. In either this month's GQ, there was an article stating that every president since Eisenhower had a pair, including Clinton.

    I have one- and wear them occasionally when I'm in the mood. Gray pit viper- used to call them lawyer skin. My apologies to GQL and AC. I have since discovered and befriended some attorneys with personalities and ethics.
     
  5. mram65

    mram65 Well-Known Member

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    Wanted to say thanks to all the guys who responded.

    However, I'd like to hear about all the guys who wear cowboy boots casually w/jeans......not so much presidents, or Texans w/suits.

    Again, I ask, because every fashion mag of late featuers guys in cowboy boots.........and they're turning up on celebs left and right.

    I'd like to hear how many guys incorporate cowboy boots w/their jeans and/or leather pants.
     
  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The urban cowboy/rock and roll look has been around a while, and makes a desperate foray into the mainstream every so often. Chances are, if you see a look appear in a mainstream men's magazine, it is either on the verge of gaining such widespread acceptance that it becomes a staple (see flat front pants, 3-button suits, and more recently, "whiskered" jeans), or on its last, trendy, legs (see tunic-style shirts for men, leather pants, super pointy or super square-toed boots/shoes). In the first instance, you don't have to worry about being what advertisers call an early adapter. In the second, if you are part of a specific subculture in which such things are important, you are probably onto the next thing anyway; and if you are not, you risk regret for buying stuff that you will never allow yourself to wear again in addition to general ridicule.

    My general advice would be to steer away from any look that is too obviously costume-like. Last season's "ethnic" look and the head-to-toe military look of F/W 2001-2002 fall under this rubric. Find a personal style and stick with it, adapting trends to it if the two are compatible.

    Personally, I never wear cowboy boots. They look ridiculous on most Asians (I look like a Japanese tourist at the Calgary Stampede.)
     
  7. styleguy

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    I don't know if it's an "urban/rock" look.......I think it's more an American look...........cowboy boots are uniquely American, and their design was more utilitarian in nature than stylish.

    Would like to hear more from "pstoller" on the topic...you seem to have very fashionable cowboy boots.  Do you wear them often?  To work?

    Check out the latest issue of "GQ", or tune in the TV talk shows, and cowboy boots are making quite the comeback it seems.

    Even when VERY casual, I'm not one for sneakers, and I think nothing looks more sharp w/a pair of jeans than a nice pair of pointed-toe cowboy boots, with an undershot heel.  

    Even Ralph Lauren constantly wears cowboy boots.  Would like to hear from some cowboy boot fans who wear them regularly.
     
  8. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    As with many other things, I think it's a matter of how you wear them. Certainly if you wear your cowboy boots with leather jeans and an untucked fitted shirt, it's an "urban/rock" thing. With denim jeans, you can go to from that extreme to serious cowboy (are they Wranglers, or are they Cavalli?), as well as the Lauren-esque American Classic (urban cowboy with tasteful restraint). With a suit, it's, howdy, Tex. With short-shorts, it's, hello, sailor.

    Considering how utterly ridiculous I'd look in a cowboy hat or on a horse, I'd say I'm closer to the urban/rock variation than any other. I wear the boots sporadically, depending on my mood, usually with denim, occasionally leather. (Not at all, lately, because I sprained my toe and it's still healing.) Sure, I'll wear them to work, but I'm a freelance techie who services mostly casual office environments and home users, so I can wear whatever amuses me (and my clients). In most circumstances, I would say cowboy boots do not provide ideal traction on the rungs of the corporate ladder.
     
  9. styleguy

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    Makes perfect sense.

    I prefer the really traditional cowboy boot, those with really pointed toes, and somewhat high/radically underslung heels. They were made that way so that a cowboy could get his foot into the stirrup very quickly, while the undershot heel made sure it stayed there.

    Country singers Dwight Yoakam and Sammy Kershaw wear boots like these. They're custom made by Rios of Mercedes, and Bo Riddle, respectively.

    Does anyone know of an "off-the-rack" manufacturer who makes cowboy boots in that traditional style?
     
  10. AlexB

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    Like I said earlier, yeah, I think they will be making a big comeback.

    Any guys out there incorporate them in their daily wardrobe?

    I usually wear Austin Hall, Olathe, or customs.
     
  11. styleguy

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    Thought I'd dredge up this old topic, as it seems, based on what some of you are wearing, that cowboy boots, are in fact, on the way back.

    Recent photos of both Ralph Lauren and Donald J. Pliner show them proudly sporting cowboy boots.

    Far better than sneakers, and MUCH better than those "bowling shoe" atrocities, I think they're stylish and ultimately American and masucline.

    Anyone adding cowboy boots to their wardrobes?
     
  12. AlexB

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    Glad to see this topic back.

    I continue to wear my cowboy boots, but always with jeans, never with a suit........will leave that to Texas and "Dubya".

    Got two new pair of customs made by Bo Riddle.......and always stick to my Western Ranch tall tops.

    Anyone else?
     
  13. pstoller

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    I consider them a classic casual wardrobe staple. I don't pay much attention to their trend stature, because I'm going to wear them when I feel like it whether or not anyone else does. I'd say Ralph Lauren is much the same in that regard: he's always been into cowboy iconography as part of his repertoire, and he'll be wearing boots with his jeans until he line-dances off this mortal coil. Pliner, though, is a follower rather than a leader, so if he's wearing them, they're either in, or they're already on the way out. [​IMG]
     
  14. styleguy

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    Hey CT............I live in Rhode Island, just outside of Providence, and I have no problem "pulling them off" whatsoever. Yes, you're right in that more of the NE populace is in duck boots and the like, but I find them a nice change from the same old/same old.......and they do seem to be catching up.

    Perhaps CT is just too uptight. :)
    (just joking...)
     
  15. Bradford

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    I have two pairs of cowboy boots that I wear on a relatively frequent basis. Of course in Arizona, it's not that unusual to see people wearing boots.

    I have a pair of black leather ropers (low heel and slightly more rounded toe) that I do wear with suits or jeans. They are quite comfortable and a nice change of pace from other leather shoes. They are just a solid black with no stitching on them. They are not a name brand, just a good pair from one of our local chains (Cowtown Boots).

    I also have a traditional pair of boots from Dan Post with the riding heel. Mine are two tone, with burnt orange - tan (like a basketball) bottom and dark brown tops with white stitching on the tops and toes. Those are for when I want to "cowboy up." I suppose they would also work for the rock and roll look, although I haven't really tried it.

    As for boots coming back into style, I think that they are a part of the American Icon that seems to get dredged up every time designers seem to feel that we need to restate our dominance or stature as a country. I would guess that the resurgence of cowboy boots can be traced to the same post 9/11 sentiments that led to all the red, white and blue patriotism in fashion and popular culture in the past year. The runway models may not actually be fighting the war in Afghanistan or Iraq, but by God, they look tough and rugged like they could.

    P.S. I also have a brown felt cowboy hat and shirt by Roper (big country western brand) that my wife always makes fun of when I wear. It is a long sleeve button down shirt with brown sleeves and a blue body with an illustration of a cowboy on a horse roping a cow. Hey - If you're going to a country dancing club or a rodeo, you might as well go all the way. Plus I bought it when I was single.
     
  16. Bradford

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    OK - I'll show my ignorance. Who is Donald J. Pliner?
     
  17. pstoller

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    He's a shoe designer. Originally from Chicago, where he apprenticed at his father's shoe store, he had a couple of retail clothing shops in Beverly Hills in the '60s and '70s, and started his own shoe lines in the '80s. Donald J. Pliner shoes are, alas, nothing terribly interesting from a design standpoint"”more of a "me too" label that follows the trends set by Prada, Gucci, et al., at a more reasonable price point. I can't speak for the quality; they're "made in the mountains of Italy," according to the advertising hype, which I suppose is better than, "made in the sweatshops of Malaysia."
     
  18. Steve B.

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    CT Guy:

    Didn't you post a while back that you were worriedly looking for a job?

    Congratulations on scoring a job at a division of GE. Should be a great career opportunity- until you have a great AH HA idea and start your own company...
     
  19. BootDude

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    Found this old topic and wanted to add my two cents. Although you can tell from my UserName that I'm a boot fan (all boots), it does appear that cowboy boots are coming back in a big way. Kenneth Cole making MANY styles of cowboy boots, as are other designers. I think '03 will bring about the end of the "clod-hopper" chunky sole Skechers fad, and bring back class and distinction with cowboy boots.
     
  20. BootDude

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    Also wanted to hear from the style mavens as to what they think about this resurgence in cowboy boots.
     

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