Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thrift Store Cowboy

I would like to preface this by saying that I do not own, nor have I ever owned, a horse.

Frédérik's post got me thinking about transgender footwear and so, while I do not own a pony, I have ponied up and bought about half a dozen pairs of cowboy boots.

05-21 boots
These have never seen a pasture.

Lemme emphasize the fact that these are not dainty sweet cowgirl boots. Because I have man-sized feet and a thrift shop budget, I've acquired a collection of men's rodeowear that would make a bull-rider blush.

The pointy toe and thick sole that are integral to cowboy footgear do nothing to camouflage my massive hooves but I love them anyway. The straight, ankle-disguising sides make them the perfect shape to balance out a skinny jean look, as their unnecessary girth makes your legs look trim as hell.

Exhibit A

Not only that, the distinctive toes poke out intriguingly under a pair of jeans.

Exhibit B

As you can see, the anatomy of the boot is somewhat perfect. Even better are the connotations attached to it. People are always surprised to see me pairing a cowboy boot with a skirt.

02-15 detail
Giddyup, lace tights!

Which is strange because ladies have been rocking frocks and cowgirl boots since the beginning of time...

Loretta Lynn
Oh, Loretta Lynn

Best of all: you can wear them ANYWHERE. Cowboy boots are formal, casual, comfortable, and infinitely wearable.

I've even taken them hiking. And yes, I go hiking in dresses.

Also, if you know where to shop, you can get them for a song at a thrift store.

06-26 boots
My favorite boots, ever, purchased at the Village Thrift store in Newport, KY for $30.

What more could you want?


Jenny H said...

I'm loving all the pics! I have a pair of cowboy boots at home, that sadly enough have only seen the light of day about 3 times (and those times were when I was going to a country bar/themed party). Thanks for the styling ideas and inspiration to rock them outside of the bar :)

Becky said...

Oh, your comment makes me so happy! I'm glad to help!

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowboy boots!

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