Lately, six guys have written to me to ask a question about boots, and each of them began with telling me that for some reason, this blog and my website have inspired them to wear boots and encourage others to do the same.
I really am amazed at that, especially with an unusual number of real people writing to me. I usually receive an average of just two to four inquiries each month.
What is my “secret” to inspire men to wear boots?
Nothing special… I just wear them. Or let me refine that… I wear boots and explain why I chose that pair, what I wore them with, and illustrate that a man can carry on a normal life — going to work at a full-time professional job, volunteering in the community, caring for his family and loved-ones, and occasionally riding his Harley for fun with an organized motorcycle club.
My point is that in order to inspire men to wear boots, he should just pull ’em on and wear them. Wear boots with dress clothes, jeans, leather, or whatever the choices are. Wear the “right boot for the right application.”
I think over the years I have done that — both by describing how I wear boots in my daily life on this blog, and by actually doing it.
My boss is booted now. Other guys at conferences show me their boots — they actually are more proud or not as sheepish — to wear boots in public. Wearing boots isn’t rocket science!
And boots provide so much more to a man than other choices of footwear. A man in boots expresses himself as strong, independent, masculine, and that he is his own man — not a clone in dress shoes.
A man in boots on a motorcycle demonstrates that he understands the risks of motorcycling, and minimizes that risk by choosing appropriate, sturdy, well-built over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, and a DOT-approved helmet each and every time he rides. He’s not stupid.
A man in work boots gets the job done — everything from mowing the lawn to building a house and every job in between.
A man in cowboy boots doesn’t have to work on a ranch for a living. More men, like me, choose to wear cowboy boots while working in a professional office even in states, provinces, and countries where wearing boots isn’t considered “the norm.” Go ahead — be your own guy and strong enough to avoid social influences against wearing boots.
I hope in whatever small way I have encouraged men to wear boots that they continue to do so. Life is too short to cower in fear of imagining what other people may say. Pull on your boots, stand tall, smile, shake hands, and show your enthusiasm for life — as a confident man in boots.
Life is short: wear boots. Always. (Well, maybe not in bed… I’m not quite *that* interested in boots LOL!)