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Cowboy boots

horndog

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I have a beautiful pair of calfskin Lucchese's that I like wearing for those mix of casual / dressy nights. They can add some spice to an ensemble as long as they're subtle. Plus, if you're a shorter guy, they'll add some inches with the larger heels. Obviously some people hate them, but I like wearing mine. Sometimes makes for a good conversation piece too.
 

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There are certain boots made for certain people. Just like these are for firemen:

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And it would be great if people would stick to that.
 

SartorialSheepdog

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I wear my Tony Lama elephant skin boots at least once a week here in Nashville. You are much more likely to see some exotic Luccheses here than your Lobbs or C&Js.
 

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I dont wear cowboy boots, but i love what I would call "fashion boots". i.e. Mark Nason type boots.

they aren't quite the same - but similar
 

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What's the point of cowboy boots? Most men who wear them don't ride horses, drive tractors, or work at the rodeo. At best, cowboy boots represent a myth way past it's time or, alternatively, adolescence with a fat checkbook.
 

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I've lived in Texas all my life and have not had one pair of 'cowboy' boots. Now, Red Wing work boots - I wore those off and on through my school years. Still wear them, but only in the hill country when I've got work to do.
 

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Originally Posted by Leslierc
What's the point of cowboy boots? Most men who wear them don't ride horses, drive tractors, or work at the rodeo. At best, cowboy boots represent a myth way past it's time or, alternatively, adolescence with a fat checkbook.

so are you saying the only people that should wear tennis shoes should play tennis?
 

Leslierc

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Originally Posted by stickonatree
so are you saying the only people that should wear tennis shoes should play tennis?

Since you've decided to split hairs with me, I'll return the favor: it's people "who" should wear tennis shoes...
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Originally Posted by Leslierc
What's the point of cowboy boots? Most men who wear them don't ride horses, drive tractors, or work at the rodeo. At best, cowboy boots represent a myth way past it's time or, alternatively, adolescence with a fat checkbook.

Don't rule them out just yet. The current styles go well beyond their utilitarian heritage. Although I do admit that years ago I would have agreed that that cowboy boots were a silly affectation, now I quite like them. I'm telling you, if you can buy a nice pair and break them in, you might (just might) change your tune....
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Threads about cowboy boots always seem to bring out peoples strong opinions. People rarely seem to be neutral with their thoughts about wearing cowboy boots.

Although I don't live in the South West and don't ride a horse or do any ranching, I have been proudly wearing my 30+ pairs of cowboy boots for the past 27 years and will continue to do so no matter what other's opinions of them are.

I have always admired the quote, "Pity be those who look to others for permission for their own pleasure."

People's negativity toward cowboy boots usually falls into one of two catagories. Some people don't like the look, and others find they just hurt their feet.

The people in the first catagory are usually not aware of all the different possibilties there are for designing cowboy boots. The first image the average person usually thinks of is a very pointy boot with a high underslung heel. One usually doesn't think about a very elegant boot with a classy square tapered French Toe, a lower, slighty tapered heel, and a rich chocolate brown or black French Calf or kangaroo leather with a nice highly polished finish. I have no problem wearing this sort of boot with a suit, or blazer to even the most dressy of occasions. Of course I like the other styles of boots also with jeans and other casual dress.

As far as the comfort factor goes, a well fitted boot will be your best friend, and a poorly fitted boot will be your worst nightmare. I heard a statistic that perhaps as many as 80% of boot wearers out there don't have properly fitting boots. I wouldn't be surprised if this is true for men's dress shoes also. Getting a proper fit is not an easy task, and for some like me, it is impossible without having them custom made. I have had boots made by most of the well known boot companies in El Paso, and elsewhere in Texas and Arizona. My favorite bootmaker is now in his 80's and has made boots for President Eisenhower. He has made me 10 pairs of boots during the past year, and they are the best fitting, best looking boots I have ever worn. Plus, I get a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction knowing that I am wearing boots I designed myself, and each pair is one of a kind.

If anyone has any specific questions about cowboy boots, (either custom made or factory boots) please feel free to send me a personal message.

Jess
 

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Just an observation living as I do here in LA that the trend of wearing western is rather out. Save for the traditional Mexican style worn here you will look like a nerd wearing them. Howard & Phils Western Stores used to permeate many of malls 15 or 20 years ago but they are all gone now. If western wear was indeed fashionable these days, those stores would be booming and never would have gone out of business.

Take a ride up to Bakersfield though and it is a completely different story many cowboys are walking around and generally seen everywhere. I even went to an antique show there which had an entire section devoted to vintage western wear. I could wear a pair boots here and fit right in.

Wearing cowboy boots with a suit ruins the whole effect of looking good. Yes, I own several pair of cowboy boots and even got married wearing a pair. But now I know better..........
 

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Originally Posted by LabelKing
But what about Mexicans?

I frequently see rather well-dressed Mexican men wear very fancy cowboy boots.


And Mexicans aren't part of the West? They were present over much of what we call "the West" centuries before us gabachos.
 

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Originally Posted by JLibourel
And Mexicans aren't part of the West? They were present over much of what we call "the West" centuries before us gabachos.
I thought you were using the rather narrow and "contemporary" definition of West--hokey cowboys and Indians and Bush's costume closet sort of stuff.
 

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Since nobody seems to have an opinion on cowboy boots, I propose that we discuss the suitability of cowboy boots with a black suit for business wear, he, he.
 

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i think cowboy boots are fine, i wear them with some jeans and a simple white v-neck tee, ralph lauren style. even though i live in texas, i don't think its just a cowboy thing... besides, you really only see cowboys in the country and fort worth...
 

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