No, I don’t mean high heels, or pumps, or even strapless, fur-topped slippers. I’m referring to the one type of footwear that screams romance and makes your heart pitter-patter—The Cowboy Boot!
No matter when you grew up, you probably had a pair, and in many cases they were your favorite article of clothing—ever! I still remember a pair of red ones with white stitching and I couldn’t have been more than four or five.
The small town in Kansas were I grew up had a ‘Boot Museum’. I haven’t been out to that side of town for a few years, and will have to check to see if they still have it while down there this summer. We had a family reunion there once and my kids had no idea there were THAT many kinds of cowboy boots.
It’s been said that Genghis Khan wore boots similar to the cowboy boot, and a calf-length boot with a low heel was named after the Duke of Wellington in the early 1800’s. These “Wellingtons” were preferred by soldiers in the Civil War, and the simple construction made them easy to mass produce. The ‘boys’ took their boots with them when the war ended, and soon found the boots to be perfect for riding. Hence—The Cowboy Boot. The high tops protected their legs, while the low heel kept them firmly in the saddle. Also the rounded toe slipped easily into the stirrup and the slick bottom made for quick exits when dismounting.
Cowboy boots remained the ultimate work boot, but also became stylish fashion when Hollywood jazzed them up. Along with Cowboy Heroes came their hand tooled, embossed, silver-tipped and rhinestone-studded footwear. An early American Cowboy would probably drop dead at the sight of some of today’s boots made from exotic skins—shark, stingray, alligator, ostrich, snake, etc.—and at the price.
So how many of you have that pair in your closet, or on your feet, that you still love every time you pull them on?