Although I’ve only lived in Texas for less than a year, I now consider my self a true Texan, because I finally bought my first pair of cowboy boots. In my opinion, you can’t truly call yourself a Texan until this all-important step takes place.
If you are from Texas, you pretty much receive your first pair of cowboy boots right out of the womb. I remember last fall, walking around campus on a game day, and you literally could not find a student that wasn’t sporting their boots, paired with their UT, burnt orange colored dresses and polos. I felt so out of place, walking around without my boots, and at that moment, I felt like the true midwesterner that I was (at Indiana University, everyone wears some type of sneaker to tailgates, and we don’t usually even end up going to the game, because, well, our football team is mediocre at best). So, I knew that as soon as I found the right pair, I would treat myself to some boots.
As you may know, the perfect pair of cowboy boot are hard to come by, even though there are multiple shops just in Austin alone, with hundreds of selections. I wanted a white, vintage pair, because I think there’s something so unique about a pair of boots that have already been lived in. I searched every vintage and boot shop in town, with no luck. I finally found this pair on Poshmark, and the seller said she used to teach line dancing lessons in them. How cool!
I’ve linked similar white cowboy boots below, but if you don’t find the pair you’re looking for, I suggest hitting up your local vintage/boot store. If there isn’t one around, definitely check out Poshmark or Etsy. There’s always a seller looking to give their vintage boots to the next person, looking for that perfect pair.
Photos by Courtney Pittman