Staycation–Just Shoot Me

Because I served as “acting boss” all summer, I did not use any accrued leave benefits. So I decided to take a week off this week as a “staycation”. That is a made-up word for taking time off while staying at home and using “vacation” time. Thus: “stay” + va-“cation”.

However, this Staycation is not a time when I am out riding the Harley or otherwise…
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Boots Made in Spain Frustration

For a number of years, most of us in the “boot world” have been aware of the made-in-Spain Sendra Boots, which have been attractive to those of us on the other side of the Atlantic. Finding those boots in the USA became easier when some stores here offered Sendra boots and served as a U.S. distributor.

Recently, I posted a rave review of Ranch Road Boots that are made in Spain. These boots are…
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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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There’s That Guy in the Boots Again

Last night I attended a community meeting of a local body-politic on which I once served a four-year term as Chairman. This board deals with planning, zoning, and development in the county of my birth and where I have made my home for some six decades. Once again, the wingtip dorky dress-shoed and suited attorneys hired by one of the largest developers were at it again, …
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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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Langlitz Leather Weather Riding

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I got out for a ride yesterday to run the route that I will lead as the last ride as a Road Captain for my motorcycle club. I am not quitting the club or riding; I just do not have the stamina to lead rides any more. That ol’ chronic illness that I have to live with is more and more fatiguing. More on that later.

But now… the ride. A fantastic early autumn day beckoned me. It was 50F (10C) and brilliantly sunny. Dry, cool weather is perfect for…
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