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July 9, 2011

Cowboy boots in the real world

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Most of us real horse people leave our boots in the tack room, horse trailer or on the front porch unless we are at the barn but recently cowboy boots have had a VIP presence in mainstream fashion.  The English riding boot has long been a staple in the fashion world repeatedly showing up on runways from Ralph Lauren to Burberry but down and dirty cowboy boots are kicking up their heels this summer.

American Idol Runner Up, Lauren Alaina was seen wearing several pairs of cowboy boots on the Hit TV Show and in the pages of US Weekly.


Miranda Lambert gave all of her bridesmaids cowboy boots to wear with their dresses on her wedding day.

Both women chose Old Gringo Boots to show their western flair!  Old Gringo Boots range from $299 to over $575.  The Checruda (pictured below) is on sale at Rocky Top Leather for $299.99.  These boots are perfect for summer with cutoffs, sundresses or flowy mini skirts.

For a more sophisticated look, Ariat International has several cowboy boots that don’t skimp on quality or comfort.

If you want something a bit taller…The Ash Austonian Boot at Free People will do the trick for $475.00.

And for a truly unique pair of boots, The Luxury Jones Boot is a vintage pair of cowboy boots with the neck folded over and vintage belts wrapped around the ankle and calf area.  Each pair of boots is one-of-a-kind and handmade.  The boots retail for $438.00 at Free People.


If you don’t think cowboy boots fit into your everyday life, leave them at the barn or you can do what I did with a pair of custom made Olathe boots that I bought about 20 years ago and have never worn … I use them as book ends in my guest room!

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