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Texans and Their Boots: Reflections
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Posted By: StormCnter, 11/20/2019 10:04:11 AM

I started wearing boots consistently when I went to college. You get to A&M and see guys that have a certain, very consistent look. For me, it was one less fashion variable to have to think about. But there have always been a few general rules when it comes to boots. First, wear your pants long enough. Real cowboys have a stacked effect with their jeans. When they rest on the foot of the boot, they kind of wrinkle up. That way, if you’re in the saddle, they’re still long enough. If you see somebody whose pants aren’t long enough, it might be a tell


Good, well-made boots last almost forever. My dad had his boots made in a little leather shop in Villa Acuna, across from Del Rio. After a few years of hard wear, they would need a little attention and the boot maker would fix what needed fixing. When my father died at age 85, some of the boots in his closet were older than I.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bad-hair 11/20/2019 10:20:08 AM (No. 240201)
Frankly not many Texans read Texas Monthly. It's half tutorial for California ex-pats and half advertisement for silly expensive stuff you don't need. On subject I have often speculated though that if the last pterodactyl on earth flew over Beuamont, some redneck would shoot it down and make boots.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: RayLRiv 11/20/2019 10:27:35 AM (No. 240221)
Got four pair myself - custom-made ostrich (I don't wear these often. Bought them back in the mid 1980s), two brown calfskin for everyday or ordinary wear, and a custom pair tooled to honor my alma mater (University of Tulsa.) The place I bought all but the custom-made TU boots (Drysdale's) is no longer, but Mock Brothers Saddlery in Sand Springs (suburb of Tulsa) meets all my boot and belt needs.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver 11/20/2019 11:10:33 AM (No. 240284)
One glance at the britches and boots reveals whether the gentleman is real or all hat and no cattle.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 11/20/2019 11:15:09 AM (No. 240286)
Ha! I just saw who the author of this article is! I haven't heard about him or seen him around in a while.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/20/2019 11:23:02 AM (No. 240298)
My best friend's older brother is the equivalent hatmaker to the stars ,presidents and other famous folks- Fred Schafer in Noble OK. You've seen many of them ......
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 11/20/2019 11:37:04 AM (No. 240312)
Lyle Lovett? And that woman at the end of the article who looks to be Moochelle’s classier sister? Expounding on boots? I bought mine at a saddlery near Alpine, CA. Not custom because I needed boots and right now. I loved them for years and years and years. Still have them in my archive… A reminder of happy times on our ranch.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Digger 11/20/2019 12:06:19 PM (No. 240341)
I enjoy my boots - 7 pairs of Lucchese’s. I wear Ropers rather than Cowboy style. #1’s comment reminds me of the story of a female Texas politician (name withheld) who had a face lift. After the surgery the doctor told her she did well and was pleased that there was enough skin left over to make a nice pair of boots.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird 11/20/2019 12:07:24 PM (No. 240343)
Re #6, mine were intended for riding and ranch work, not for dress.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bad-hair 11/20/2019 12:28:54 PM (No. 240375)
LMAO Yes #7 I believe that was Anne Whatshername. Tip hat.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Geoman 11/20/2019 1:10:04 PM (No. 240417)
Re: #8 - In East Texas ranching country, which includes various oil patches, it is still fairly traditional that one's newest pair of boots (same for hats) are considered one's "dress boots," as suitable to wear to church on Sundays. Few even own a pair of shoes, so having "dress boots" is also essential business attire. The older boots (and hats) are then worn for various work activities, hierarchically arranged by condition and the type of work involved. The only difference for hats is the seasonal change between straw and fur felt.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: mizzmac 11/20/2019 1:43:26 PM (No. 240436)
We Texans feel strongly about our boots. My oldest pair? Brown on brown cowhide Tony Lama's from 1979 that scooted across the floor at Lakeview many a time while I was a student at Texas A&M. Then there's the whiskey-and-cream Dan Post lizards I bought used from a resale shop on Taft Street in Houston in the 90s. Still wearing both pair. And still mourning the black Lucchese's I lost in Hurricane Harvey. (I shelve my boots high in the closet now.) My current faves: plain brown Justin Ropers from Heidenheimers in Winters, Texas--my dad's hometown. The store owners' nephew Jay sold them to me, and while he rang me up remembered my aunt and uncle from Ballinger, 30 miles up the road. Recently tried a pair of black shorty Tecovas and like them, too. Lyle's right: your choices define who you are where boots are concerned. And they're a polite but proud way of saying, "That's right, I AM from Texas..."
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Reply 12 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 11/20/2019 6:00:02 PM (No. 240688)
Why in the world would I click on Texas Monthly??? Well, I could not pass up an article on boots. Mine are from Montana, but the story about boots in Texas still resonates.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 11/21/2019 2:31:43 AM (No. 240970)
Ya know Lyle, those are mighty fine boots, but that is one dumb looking jacket on you.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 11/21/2019 5:24:25 AM (No. 240999)
I have three pair. One is custom that I bought in a shop in Carefree, AZ. Wow are they comfortable! One is REAL pointy and although I paid $700 for them 10 years ago, I don't wear them much and one is a Tony Lama that is a good boot! It is imperative that your jeans be at least 1.5 to 2 inches longer than your slack size so they get that bunched up look! And your belt better match your boot or you are a loser! I tried wearing my custom boots on my Goldwing and found out that a leather sole is really bad when you stop! I also had a rock hit the toe and take a small chip out of the leather. Sniff!!!
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