I have been looking at the results of weekly statistics of the most viewed pages on this blog. Those stats are developed by a nifty unobtrusive snip of software that collects information on what pages are most visited. Rest assured, it does not track you personally; it just tracks pages on the blog that are frequently visited and what web sources they come from.
…show that 90% of the visitors to this blog are driven here by search engines, most notably that monster of all search engines, the “Big G”, but also a lot from Bing, Yahoo, and a smattering of other less-used search engines.
Search results indicate that there remain quite a few people, I assume men, who have questions about cowboy boots. Many questions continue to pound in, such as “can I” or “should I” wear cowboy boots in the office. Thousands of confused, bewildered, “conscious about appearance” men visit this blog on a weekly basis.
Rest assured, and about which I have posted frequently, yes you “can” and you “should” wear cowboy boots to the office. With suits, business casual clothing, khakis, or even jeans on dress-down Fridays. The comments you are likely to hear are “hey, cool boots!” and NOT “what are those silly things on your feet?” Really, that does not happen — even here on the U.S. East Coast in the drab, dull, devoid-of-style, blue-suited business-clone Washington DC metro.
Then there are ongoing questions about just what types and styles of cowboy boots to wear. Plain all-leather boots work fine for the timid and first-timers. Exotic skins in dark colors (black, brown, black cherry) in lizard or caiman are subdued, and also work for those getting more into the boot-wearing world.
Further, yes, you can wear black boots with blue denim jeans, or brown or cream or blue or … you get the gist. Really, any color of boot works well with blue jeans. Regular plain-old Wranglers (or even Levis if you don’t mind a brand made overseas; not made in USA any more). Quit fretting about denim jeans style, with various “washes” or patterns in the fabric. Most guys and women don’t give a rat’s patootee if you are wearing the latest fashion label, newest “wash” jeans. Save yourself lots of money by getting a $17 pair of Wranglers at Target rather than $80 pair of whatever-offsore-overpriced brand at Nordstroms.
Toe styles you ask? Contrary to some perceptions, not all cowboy boots have pointed toes. Personally, I like that toe style, but I also have plenty of cowboy boots with french (low square) toes, broad square toes, snip toes, and moderately square (sort of a cross between pointed toe foot closing on a narrow, about one inch, square.) Since about 2012, broad square toes on cowboy boots are being marketed more often and more men are choosing that style, but go with what you like, not what others think you “should” have.
Heel height? It is another common misperception that all cowboy boots have high heels, and men in general think high heels are for women. Not the case. I have a good friend who is a teacher and wears boots with 2, 2.5, or even 3-inch heels to work every day, and he wears them all day. Good for him!
For me, I prefer more standard heel heights of about 1.5 inches, which come on traditional 13-inch tall cowboy boots. I have learned to walk in that heel height well. And for me, as klutzy and easy-to-trip as I am, this heel height has not been a problem, though I consciously remember to lift my legs when walking up stairs. That is the time when I am most likely to catch a heel and trip. So lift-lift-lift when you walk up stairs (especially to the boss’ office, which I do every day, as I work one floor below. He has a commanding view of the city while I have a commanding view of train tracks LOL. Oh well, at least I have a window.)
Brand? Lots of questions pour in about brands of boots. The most popular and reliable name brands of traditional off-the-shelf regular cowboy boots include Justin, Tony Lama, Nocona, Dan Post, Lucchese, Boulet, Black Jack, and even some styles by Chippewa and Double H. I own pairs by all these manufacturers. Justin, Tony Lama, Nocona, and Chippewa boots are all made by one company: Justin Brands.
Are some of these brands better than others? Well, yes-and-no. All of these brands have their super-quality boot styles in high-end lines like Tony Lama Signature and Lucchese Classics. Black Jack boots are made as well as Lucchese Classics but at significantly lower cost. (Maybe that’s because the original founders of Black Jack Boots were frustrated bootmakers from Lucchese who left to form their own company.)
All brands have their low-end, lower-priced boots too. Be wary when you see a price of a pair of name-brand cowboy boots that seems too good to be true. Justin, for example, has some of their low-price boots made in China these days. They’re crap that I can’t recommend whatsoever. Check the origin before making a purchase. If you see “made overseas,” then close your browser and run!
Some other lower-cost name-brand boots are made in Mexico. I find boots made in Mexico to be good, so not all boots not made in the USA are bad. Especially Boulet and Alberta Boot Company boots that are made in Canada. They are excellent!
This is a general summary of my observations of what drives visitors to this blog. Questions about wearing cowboy boots, color, toe style, heel height, and brands top the most frequent drivers of visitors to this blog and my cowboy boot collection shown on my website.
What boots do I recommend? Those on your feet!
Life is short: boot up!