Of course, this is one example of how just the beginning words of a song
can send you back in time, evoke memories or irritate you, depending on
the particular words! “These boots are made for walking…” sung by Nancy
Sinatra, came out in February, 1966. The lyrics and melody were written
by Lee Hazelwood.
Of course, these boots were an example of figurative speech and they were
usually viewed during this era to be, “go go boots!” I would like to switch over
to pre-Civil War days, when good ole’ cowboy boots were more prevalent.
Some interesting facts are they came about due to necessity, ability to handle
all sorts of inclement weather and using leather to hold up, for the long haul.
I had not realized that the heels were made to be tall, to be able to latch onto
the stirrups on the side of the horse, attached to the saddle.
Many of you out West and South know the purpose to cowboy boots, I always
viewed them as ‘cute’ boots that my brothers wore with their leather vests
and chaps, along with the accompaniment of a “Sheriff” badge, made out of
stamped tin silver.
My oldest daughter was quite fond of the ability to slide her tights-encased
feet into her Daddy’s little boy cowboy boots. They were made of rugged dark
brown leather with tan stitching, that looked like ropes lassoing and winding
around. She had discovered that the more you wear the leather boots, the more
they ‘fit’ and conform to your feet.
I loved the way she was my ‘frilly’ girl, wearing dresses into her grade school
years. Those cowboy boots were easy to slip on, then clomp around in, making
quite a racket on hardwood floors! The third year she saw Santa Claus in her life,
with her wearing a pretty Christmas dress and white tights on, is my favorite
pose of hers wearing boots! No ‘go go boots,’ for her! I have a picture of her
wearing a pair of high heeled black dress boots on the day of her best friend,
Jennifer’s 21st birthday that nearly meets the high emotions I get when I see her
on that Christmas, 1983!
When I saw Willie Nelson’s photograph, in a beautiful pair of smooth and
shiny black leather cowboy boots, inside of my recent “AARP Magazine” and
gracing the cover of my daughter’s “Rolling Stones” magazine, too. Later after
getting my mail seeing the still ‘mighty fine’ man, Jeff Bridges on the outside
cover. Then inside he is talking about his days in western movies, like “Crazy
Heart” and “True Grit,” (remade) where he wore cowboy boots. . .
I just had to learn more about cowboy boots!
There is an author, Jennifer June, whose recent book, “Art and Sole,” came
out with all kinds of modern pieces of artwork in decorating cowboy boots
that is well worth skimming and like I did, looking at the fantastic art on
current boots. Isn’t that the cleverest title?
Side tracking, I enjoyed years ago (1993) a great movie, called, “Heart and
Souls.” If you wish to think of what is happening in the hearafter, with a
big dose of humor and fun, check out this one! I am so pleased that the
members of this movie, are all still with us, gracing the ‘silver screen.’
With Robert Downey, Jr., Alfre Woodard, Charles Grodin, Elisabeth Shue
and Kyra Sedgwick, this is a four star movie cast!
The subject of cowboy boots, with its incredible industry with various
successful companies really could fill several books! Country western stars,
some who may have never ridden a horse grace the musical scene. The show,
“Nashville,” made it through two seasons, I believe.
“Red Wings,” is a big name in cowboy boots and work boots, too. The artists
who are part of the company, “Rocket Busters,” stitch and design, paint and
create flair using boot leather as their “canvas.” Looking at many of the lovely
patterns, I decided if I ever lived near horses, were going out to enjoy a date
with a cowboy, I would choose their “Chandelier” design. Another company to
check out, its roots in Texas, is Justin Brand Boots, or simply “Justin’s boots.”
In honor of Willie Nelson I will share a few of his passions:
He loves the woman he married in 1991, Annie. He loves his sons and thinks that
when them, Micah, Lucas and he play their guitars and sing, they are ‘as good as
it gets.’ For 50 years or more, his sister, Bobbie, has been part of his bus touring
group. His two daughters, Amy and Lana, also like to travel on the road with
He is a big supporter of migrant workers, enjoys seeking home grown vegetables
and fruits, in a fair market value system. He is supportive of farmers all across
the world. Willie is 81 and just passed this fifth degree black belt in Korean
Willie’s song on his album, “Band of Brothers,” I recommend to you. It is
called, “I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do.” Willie passé on this final thought in
his recent article, he admits it is not original but worth repeating!
“Don’t slow down – – –
They might be gaining on you!”
Roy Rogers wore them.
Roy made the boots quite popular!
I cannot help myself, I wanted you to know Roy’s ‘real’ name was Leonard
Franklin Slye, he lived from 1911 – 1998, with his second wife and he making
it to 51 years together! Known as the “King of Cowboys,” he seemed to deserve
this legendary title.
Dale Evans wore them.
Elvis wore them.
Governor Rick Perry wears them.
Both Presidents Bush, Senior and Junior wore them.
Do you wear them?
I had a babysitter who lived out on a farm, her children and I liked to feed the
baby lambs baby bottles of milk. This was in her farmhouse kitchen in the
winter time. I loved being out in the country but have never owned a pair of
cowboy boots! I guess living in a town,(Sandusky, Ohio) then close to a big city,
(Cleveland) I considered myself a ‘city’ girl!
If I decide to go out and buy some cowboy boots, do you have a favorite brand
to recommend I try?