Boots are made for walking. Boots are a cowpoke’s best friend. Boots are a fashion statement.
There are snakeskin boots, ostrich boots, vegan boots, boots with spurs, boots with floral designs, plain brown boots, red boots, black boots, Mexican pointy-toe boots, dress boots and so much more. But all boots have one thing in common: they all have stories behind them. Texas Standard wants to share the tales behind these iconic southern shoes.
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Stephanie Russo Baca, who helps border regions negotiate shared resources, wears her boots all day, including when she’s riding her donkey.
Rachel Chang, who grew up in China, says her daughter’s first boots are a reminder of the “cowgirl spirit … strong-willed, independent, happy.”
Lee Miller now runs Texas Traditions, but started as an apprentice for hot-tempered Dunn, who made boots for famous musicians and celebrities.
The boom-and-bust cycles of the oil industry have taken their toll on local boot-makers, but Rios Mercedes keeps finding new ways to survive.
Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston was inspired by a musical hero, Jerry Jeff Walker, to buy a pair of special boots. But Livingston never quite got his money’s worth. But maybe, just maybe, someone else did.
Texan ladies love a good pair of cowboy boots, even if they’ve never seen a horse. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Jodi Egerton as she wrote this poem.
It may not look like I need to be wearing/These cowboy boots/for work/But that’s just because I haven’t yet/Gotten the chance/to ride
Project by Molly Smith, Morgan O’Hanlon and Joy Diaz.
Page design and graphics by Beth Cortez-Neavel.