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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The artist wears his boots in the studio and when he’s painting murals out in West Texas.
Gazillionaires’ founders say that like their parents before them, they proudly wear boots, but with their own personal twist.
The Austin-based artist released a live album and a five-song EP last year, and recently launched a tequila brand.
John Arthur Martinez dreamed of playing professional tennis but ended up becoming a boot-wearin’ singer-songwriter instead.
What the Black Cowboy Museum can tell us about the people who tamed the West.
The pedal steel player for Asleep at the Wheel hails from New York, where Texas barbecue is rarely on the menu.
“You can never have too many boots, guns or Bibles.”
Stephanie Russo Baca, who helps border regions negotiate shared resources, wears her boots all day, including when she’s riding her donkey.
The U.S. ambassador to NATO talks about her boots made by the late Houstonian boot-maker.
A Texas man’s boots help him walk after a head injury, and his physical therapist finds relief when she buys her own pair.
Connie Robinson had given up on love at the age of 49, until she met a man who had one month to live.
Kat Kronenberg deeply believes in the the power of a smile – so much so that there are smiles on her boots.
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.
Dunn said, “Just a minute. I’m gonna go get my gun.” But he returned with nothing more than candy.
“This is what I’m worth.”
“I was so proud of those boots I wore them til they actually pinched my feet.”
“Sometimes we forget about people that wear other boots. There’s construction, there’s oil workers, there’s police – a lot of different kinds of boots.”
“Texas was the synonym of cowboys and country music.”
These cowboys and cowgirls have a serious appreciation for shoes.
The tell the adventures of super genius Hat Boy and tech mastermind Boot Girl.
Baltimore native Tom Greco didn’t think he needed cowboy boots for work – until he stepped on a rat.
n adoptive Texan shares his pride in wearing cowboy boots everywhere he goes
Arnold Darby made boots for lawmakers and other state personalities.
“My mother’s music and a friend’s generosity gave me the boots that I will wear the rest of my life.”
The boots with Texas longhorns on them were destined for dance halls in the Lone Star State.
The boots helped her fight for families – until the boots went missing.
Lisa Lyons takes the message stitched on the back of her boots literally.
Boots as a means of protest.
Martha Benevelli grew up playing with leather scraps in her father’s Rosenberg boot shop.
Singer-songwriter Rachel Laven tells the story of her grandmother’s worn-in boots.
Liz Barrow still remembers buying her first pair of boots.
Austin artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade shares the story behind San Antonio’s giant boot sculpture.
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.
Sometimes boots are more than fashion. This pair helped a woman stand up at the wedding she’d always wanted.
He fell in love with a snazzy pair that happened to also be custom-made for the country singer.
A doctor, known by his boots, tells his story.
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.
A German transplant to Wimberley has a special knack for finding customers the perfect fit.
A city woman with a country soul sells non-leather boots, belts and other accessories, custom designed with Texas flair.
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
We met legislators, tour guides and firefighters. They all love their boots, and most have a story to tell.
When John Burnett went to a Neuvo Laredo shop in search of the perfect pair of custom boots, he met someone he didn’t count on.
Project by Molly Smith, Morgan O’Hanlon and Joy Diaz.
Page design and graphics by Beth Cortez-Neavel.