Cowboys represent the Old West and western clothing is recognized for it’s uniqueness. Western wear is recognized around the world. (My dad lived in Spain for a while and was known as the “big cowboy”. He never goes anywhere without his hat or boots.)
Cobblers in Coffeyville, Kansas are credited with producing the first “cowboy boot.” They featured pointed toes, reinforced arches and higher heels. These features all had a purpose that were useful to the cowboy. By 1880 western wear had been refined to the point that they haven’t changed appreciably since. Below is a photo, circa 1920, of cowgirls who performed in Wild West rodeos and shows. Are they the cutest things ever?
I believe there is a big difference between western wear and cowboy wear. I agree with Trainingheels and her issue about wearing cowboy boots. There are, however, ways to wear cowboy boots and not look like a complete goober.
If you are going to wear cowboy boots, don’t look like the girls above. I think the best way to pull off the Cowgirl boot is to wear what real cowboys and girls wear now, not in 1920. I would be reluctant to buy cowboy boots that are sold in a department store. They never look right. I have yet to meet a true cowboy who would wear Old Gringo boots in public. So, what do today’s cowboys wear?
My favorite. Justin Roper $95 at Zappos. Never, never, never tuck your pants into these. Never, never, never wear these with a skirt. You will look like a goober.
If I were to buy a pair of cowboy boots today, I would probably pick the boots below. Why? The lizard skin is gorgeous, the toe isn’t extreme, I could wear them to New York with bootcut jeans and not look like a complete goober. Trainingheels wouldn’t make TOO much fun of me. I hope.
Sam Lucchese, Tony Llama, and Joe Justin dominated the boot industry by 1880. They still have a presence. A boot from any of these makers will last forever. In order to compete in the fashion industry Lucchese introduced a line called Charlie 1 Horse by Lucchese. They have done some fun stuff by introducing slides with the same craftsmanship as their boots. They are a well made slide.
One last Charlie 1 Horse.
This is a boot I have to think about. I can’t decide if they are good or not good.