You could say I wasn’t exactly “country” when I bought my first pair of boots. I was leaving home to Austin, Texas for college and got a pair just because I knew everyone else would have some. I don’t think I understood then what these boots were going to mean to me.
These boots have seen my cheer the Texas Longhorns to victory, and seen me with my head down when we lost.
They’ve seen unbelievable country concerts, everything Luke Bryan to the King, George Strait.
They’ve seen me two steppin’ across my favorite dance floor, and seen me walking along 6th street.
Boots are usually a good investment, and for good reason; they’ll last for years. My boots are going into their 6th year now, and they’ve got plenty of time left in them to make some more memories, and that’s why I got them in the first place.
But the memories I have with my boots won’t be the same as you with yours. Every pair of boots have a different meaning.
Maybe you have a torn, rugged, pair of boots means which means you work hard for a living, and that makes you proud.
Maybe you have boots with lots of crystals and rhinestones and that means you probably like the finer things in life.
Maybe you’re a first time father, and you have a pair of matching boots with your son, which means family is very important to you.
So ask yourself, what do your boots mean to you?
The annual celebration of our Independence Day is one of the bigger holidays throughout the year, with barbecues, beer, and fireworks galore, but the meaning somehow gets lost in the celebrating, not unlike Christmas and Easter where origins of the holiday get forgotten in the midst of presents and candy.
We are the land of the free, and the home of the brave. To some, those are just words sang before every baseball or football game, but for others, it means everything.
It stands for the men who fought for our freedom; past, present, and future.
It stands for the family and loved ones who have waited for them to come home.
It stands for the brothers who have fallen, and the ones who tried to save them.
So while this will be a happy weekend with the fireworks shows, parades , and good food, this is also a moment to learn and teach a history lesson of the birth of our nation. There’s a reason why we have the liberty and freedom to do what we love, like spending time with our families and having a beer with our hot dogs and burgers, and it’s because of what is arguably the most important day in American history:
The 4th of July.
It’s always a struggle when your inner self is trying to decide whether you want to treat yo’ self, or ball on a budget and save some of that extra money for a rainy day. Here at The Boot Jack, we try to have items that can fit every budget, so you can still look great whether the price tag doesn’t matter or you need something more wallet friendly.
Fringe is this seasons latest fashion trend and can be added anywhere from a leather jacket to a cross shoulder handbag. For our latest Splurge vs. Save, we will be featuring two different pairs of cowgirl boots with fringe, because fringe is in!
Splurge: Corral Multicolored Fringe Boots – $379.99
This boot is the perfect mix of cowgirl and boho chic with the layer of fringe surrounding the entirety of the boot. Handcrafted with genuine leather, these Corral boots have intricate tribal detailing on the upper front center shaft, along the shaft opening edge, and on the vamp. With brass circular studs and black and purple crystals, you’ll feel extra fun and flirty while wearing these. The turquoise & white
stitch embroidery also add extra flair to these boots.
These boots also happen to be $379.99 so if that’s a steal for you, then go for it! If that’s a little out of your price range, we have another option for you…
Save: Old West Fringe Cowgirl Boots – $139.99
If you’re not into the major bling so much, then these might be a better fit for both you and your wallet. These boots by Old West have a double layer of fringe, compared to the one layer of the Corrals, which let them dance around your feet more dramatically. They don’t have any embroidery stitching or any of the tiny details the Corrals do, but they have similar looking brass studs around the shaft opening edge.
While both boots have similarities, such as the flattering snip-toe and, of course, the fringe, the Corrals have a glossy leather finish while the Old West boots have a matte leather finish. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, so why would you judge a pair of boots by their price tag? Shop affordably for your style and budget, here at The Boot Jack.
The cowboys and cowgirls out there sometimes talk a little smack to those who want to wear the country fashion, but not live the country lifestyle.
But the flowy dresses, the perfect fitting jeans, and the Western style tops aren’t just reserved for “real” country people anymore, but anyone who loves and appreciates the style.
There’s nothing wrong with this notion. If you want to buy a pair of boots and happen to work in an office instead of a ranch, so what? Country is known for being American, and what’s more American than having the freedom to buy and wear what you like?
Two reigning styles that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon are Boho-Chic and Country.
While Bohemian literally means a person from Bohemia, it’s also evolved to mean someone who doesn’t conform to societal norms, like artists. Boho clothing is usually colorful and detailed, with intricate patterns and a retro flair.
Country, on the other hand, is a little more vague. Country can be anything from a plaid shirt and a pair of jeans for a tough day at work to a sundress with a pair of boots for a night out at the dancehall.
So what happens when you mix both and get Boho Country? You’ll get the Weslaco Henley Tunic made by Rancho Estancia. The gold and earth tones and tribal pattern are very Boho and when you add a pair of jeans and some boots, you get a Country twist.
There’s nothing wrong with being different, in fact, in the world of fashion, it’s even encouraged. There’s nothing wrong with mixing two styles to find the one you love. So live a little and mix it up.
Find this and more only at The Boot Jack.
Now, more than ever, artists are comfortable calling themselves masters or kings, even calling themselves Gods. Talented as they may be, when Texans hear the word “King”, only one name comes to mind; George Strait. George Strait has that power, to make even the strongest country cynics doubt themselves and think, “That was a pretty good song.”
To this day, Strait has the most number one hits than any other single artist in history, in any genre. He’s in third place for the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music, behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
George Strait embodies the idea of country perfectly, not just with his music, but his values by serving in the Army, graduating with a degree in Agriculture which he puts to good use on his ranch, and even declining numerous interviews to spend time with his family.
At 64, George Strait shows no sign of slowing down, and while “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour was his last, he has signed on for a residency in none other than Sin City, aptly named “Strait to Vegas”.
Average kings wear crowns, only one wears a cowboy hat. And our love for him is a love without end, Amen.
Happy Birthday George!
It’s what your taste buds decipher as being good or bad, tasteful or tasteless. We need taste to determine what our bodies need, or should consume. But taste isn’t just a chemical reaction that your taste buds take part in. No, it’s much more than that. Taste is understanding the idea of great things and deciding to only allow those as part of your life.
When someone has good taste, a standard is created. From that moment on you stand for only great things and great things only. Good taste however isn’t something you’re born with; It’s acquired. As you go about your life you begin to acquire taste in the things that make you who you are. Think of yourself as great, try new things and separate the good from the great because no matter how you see it, only great taste will allow you to savor the greatest things in life.
Blistered hands. Smoke billowing. Faded leather. Horses neighing. Fresh ingredients.
Doing country right isn’t a trend or a catchy song on the radio. It’s not being afraid to get your hands dirty. It’s having a cookout with your family. It’s putting on your boots & working hard.
It’s taking care of your animals. It’s cooking things from scratch.
It’s how we were raised, what we value, and what we’re proud of. No matter what, we’ll always do country right.
Boot Jack Web Specialist