Boots with a western integrity are iconic classics, much like Dr. Martens. They can be worn with just about anything these days, by anyone, and throughout the year. Every so often, iconic classics have their fashion moment when they get a little more love and attention than normal. Western boots are having theirs right now.
There are many different flavours of the western boot. Authentic cowboy boots are a form of western boot and themselves have a lot of variety. Some boots are a simple and subtle nod to the western aesthetic, whereas others are dramatic and ornate. Western boots come in any colour, and in solids or patterns. Some boots are embroidered or trimmed with hardware. Most western boots are low-heeled, but flat and high-heeled versions are available too. Western boots can be ankle length and taller. Western mules and shooties are not uncommon either. Some boots have spat detailing.
This collection shows some examples.
In some parts of the US, cowboy boots are part of the culture, and worn very frequently. When I visit these places I’m in awe of how fabulously people wear and style their cowboy boots in all sorts of outfits. A pleasure to see.
Personally, I like western boots, and cowboy boots in particular. I remember how on-trend they were in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when I had a light brown pair. I loved wearing them with my Levi’s 501s. I had a pair of Miz Mooz lime green cowboy boots fourteen years ago that I adored, and wore into the ground. They were very comfy, packed a punch, and I much enjoyed pairing them with flared jeans. Our friend Inge had the same pair in an ochre yellow, and found them versatile. I’ve tried to get the same or a similar pair, but no luck so far. Miz Mooz is selling a version of the same western boot all these years later, but not in that colour. They must do well at retail. They are an iconic classic with a high longevity factor. I’m keeping the white, tan, and whiskey colour options on my radar.
I’ve also had my fair share of western-looking Frye boots. They were fantastic, until I could no longer walk in the higher heels, or the toe boxes started rubbing. They are great robust boots to sport in all sorts of wet Seattle weather.
Over to you. Are you a yay or nay for this trend? Do you wear western boots?