As I mentioned in my previous monologue on my inspirations, my love of western style shoes exceeds more than just one post’s worth of footwear. In fact, I still have more pairs I could "shoe"case, I haven’t even mentioned much of Ariat or Frye yet , but I’ll take a break from west for a while. I understand that depending on where you come from and your personal style it’s probably a love or hate relationship with not much middle ground to convert you. They’re either really niche and inspiring or you find them kitschy.
Nonetheless, these are round two of the boots I love.
Left to right, back row then front row:
1. Lucchese Charcoal and Denim Hand Tooled “Las Cruces” Boot
2. Dan Post Scroll Boots in Brandy&Chocolate
3. Laredo Tan Distressed Canyon Boot
4. Corral Brown (what I call camel) Floral Tool and Black Inlay Boot – C1621 There’s also a pair with red inlay that is equally eye-catching
5. Ariat Heritage Western “R Toe” Boot in Red. I mean bright, how could you resist, RED
6. Tony Lama Ladies Signature Series Pitiado Boot
7. Corral Brown Crater Bone Inlay & Studs Boot – A1098
Now on to the fun part: why do I love these boots so much? The devil is in the details! I’m all for a simple, elegant, streamlined shoe when the occasion calls. But I appreciate craftsmanship and hand-tooling and layering and textures even more. Lucchese boots are a brilliant example of detail by hand, the Dan Post boots have the simple vine inlay that adds a layer to your standard boot, the Laredo boots have contrast stitching to the weathered tan and the Corral boots at the very front have tiny round bronze studs!
I don’t know, maybe I played too much I-Spy as a kid, but when a brand pays attention to the small stuff, it’s an extra treat that I enjoy trying to hunt for and wear.