Sheplers Is At It Again

For a long period during 2017, it seems like the western wear store Sheplers dropped out of sight. I say that because I stopped receiving almost daily emails claiming “best boot prices of the year” (almost every day) and “20% off entire site!” and “25% off entire site!” and “You’re a VIP… click here for your gift” … then the “gift” was “20% off!”

But Shelpers went silent for about six months between May and November. Why? read on…
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Life Is Too Short For Boring Footwear

This is a guest post written by my friend WC

Have you ever looked at a woman’s shoes? Take a look at women on the street, in the coffee shop, at the mall, at work. Go online and browse at women’s interesting shoes for a minute or two (when nobody’s looking or they will start to wonder). Notice how many different colors, shapes, styles, heel heights. Mules, pumps, tall boots, short boots, sandals. Every conceivable color. Sigh. All the choices.

Now do the same for men’s footwear….
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Boot Marketing Savvy

I have to give a tip of my Stetson to Tecovas Boots for being the “most out there” with saturated marketing campaigns for their boots. You can’t go anywhere on the ‘net without seeing an ad, or two or dozens, from them. It seems that Tecovas is targeting the younger market, which is smart on their part. Get young-uns into boots, and they will learn like I did that boots are far better than dorky dress shoes, even with dress clothes in an office.

For some people, the saturation and exposure of advertising that Tecovas is doing is…
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Tight Boot Comfort

I received the following question appended to a recent comment on a blog post. I removed it from the comment and placed it here. I thought it deserved its own response and discussion:

I just have one question–for boots that fit like a glove already but are boots that are either higher heeled (two pairs of Lucchese boots) or have little to no support in their soles to begin with (a killer pair of All Saints Damisi boots–a famous UK manufacturer of anything from footwear to clothing), how do you make enough room for the Dr. Sholl’s supportive slip-ins? I want to buy and install the gel one’s but I’ve got a “smaller foot size” problem. I wear a women’s 6.5 and the boots that need extra support already fit like a glove–great if I’m on a date and only have to walk a few minutes here and there but truly hell if I”m supposed to be properly mobile and functional for longer than 15 minutes.

Any advice would be appreciated! Cheers, Jennifer

My response is after the jump…
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Cuffed Pants and Boots

I received a message from a blog visitor who asked,

Despite living in Oklahoma for most of my life, I am new to cowboy boots. I recently treated myself to an entry level pair of Lucchese Boots. I love them — everything about them! The way they look, the way they feel on my feet, the way they smell, the way they make me feel while wearing them! I love them so much I bought another pair (Lucchese black cherry caiman belly) that were so deeply discounted I couldn’t pass up.

I’ve done a lot of research as to the “dos and dont’s” of boots. Your blog has been very helpful, btw! One thing I haven’t seen anywhere is whether its proper to wear cuffed pants with boots? I seem to recall hearing around these parts that one shouldn’t wear cuffed pants with boots and doing so identified you as a drugstore cowboy. While I’m not trying to look like a cowboy and I consider my style far more preppy than western, I don’t want to flaunt all the old conventions. What is your take on cuffed pants and boots? Thanks!

Great question! My thoughts follow after the jump…
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Ranch Road Boots Review

Corrected for location of manufacture

While surfing the ‘net a few months ago, I found the website for Ranch Road Boots. This was a new brand of boots to me. (Please do not confuse Ranch Road Boots with cheap Chinese-made “Red Ranch” knock-offs made for Boot Barn holdings and sold by Sheplers.)

Soon after discovering the website, I received an email from Sarah Ford, the owner of Ranch Road Boots, who introduced her product line to me through a very cordial and friendly email exchange.

Ranch Road boots…
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Are Those Boots?

Short post, but I thought I would share a funny.

Yesterday at the morning briefing of TBC*, another senior official at the briefing looked at me and did the “boot bounce.” That is, he was looking at how I was dressed in khakis, dress shirt, tie, and cowboy boots. I was wearing…
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A Booted Man In A Flip-Flop World

This post is written for a long-time follower of this blog who wrote to me recently to ask about my perspective of being a man who wears boots exclusively, even during the summer when it is quite warm, and being surrounded by flip-flop wearing yuppies who know no better…

Well, let’s say, “surrounded by flip-flop wearing yuppies who wear those things.” Okay, here goes…
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Maxed Out on Boots

As an avid fan of boots, my collection of motorcycle boots, cowboy boots, work boots and even some dress boots has grown to about 250 pairs. Yeah, that’s a lot of boots.

Over the last several months as I see ad after ad promoting so-called “new” boots, there has not been a boot that has captured my fancy and where I say to myself, “want to get them?”

Lately… nada. Nothin’. Why?
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