Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cowboys and Boots

Today, we’re talking about favorite cowboys. Most of mine, I admit, are not “real” cowboys. I’m a movie fan, so when I try to make a list of favorite cowboys they are usually guys who play them in films or sing about being one on a stage. 

What is it about cowboys that we love so much? They ride around on horses for days at a time, sweating in their leather and denim... not bathing... they're not particularly verbose or genteel... Oh, but they're faithful. To their horse. I don't know. It's that Bad Boy thing I guess, or The Man Who Can't Be Tamed... or maybe we love the idea of a guy who drops in now and then but doesn't live with us expecting us to do their laundry and feed them 24/7. I'm just guessing. 

So here are a few of my faves... and stay tuned for the boot part of this post:

When I was 14 we moved to Pasadena, Texas, home of Gilley’s nightclub. You may remember it as the place where John Travolta and Debra Winger scooted some boots and rode the mechanical bull in the movie Urban Cowboy. We got to see them film a few scenes around town, which was fun, and the movie brought boots and pearl buttons into style for the first time since Roy Rogers was sporting them in the 1950s. In addition to just enjoying John Travolta in a tight pair of Wranglers, the movie had a pretty great soundtrack. I’m not a huge fan of country music (currently), but “Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places” was perfection with a twang.

 
 
I didn’t see this film until I was a bit older since I was a kid when it was in theaters, but Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of my very favorite western films. I also love The Sting starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but there is something about them with scruffy facial hair and boots… well, let's just say it works. Oh, and then there’s Robert Redford in Electric Cowboy… totally different vibe, but more of the Sundance man on a horse is never a bad thing. 

  

In my early 20s I lived in the mid-cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. On the weekends I would go to the Stockyards in Fort Worth and do a little two-stepping with my friends who waited tables with me. At the time, cowgirl boots were only available in serious western stores, and they cost serious money. Since I was not, admittedly, a “real” cowgirl (and I was a waitress living on tips), I didn’t wear boots – but I think I looked pretty cute drinking a long-neck Corona with a lime slice poked in the top of the bottle. During those years, I was a fan of George Strait. Other favorite singing cowboys that came along later include Alan Jackson and Vince Gill

Now, here’s where the boots come into the story… Back in August my sister and I attended a fantastic conference put together by Arkansas Women Bloggers. There are several reasons the conference was fantastic, not the least of which was the new pair of boots that each attendee got from Country Outfitter just for attending. I mean, I’ve walked away from a few conferences with a tote bag full of crap stuff that I have tossed into the “free” box at my next yard sale – but these boots will not be going there.

Rumor has it that cowgirl boots are huge on the fashion scene this year, and I’d be willing to bet that you wouldn’t mind having a new pair, right? They’re cute with short skirts, long skirts, skinny jeans and leggings… there just aren't many things you can’t wear them with. I've seen them with shorts as well, but I do not wear the Daisy Duke look well… I've decided boots do not pair well with cellulite. ;)

But here's the best part - we could only accept a free pair of boots if we were willing to host a giveaway on our blog. So, who wants a pair of boots?? Country Outfitter carries brands from a ton of great boot-makers and I’m not kidding when I say it took me a week to pick mine out. I toyed with getting crazy with color and picking these sweet things: 



But the heel was a bit high for me... so I thought I might take these because the appliques reminded me of the bags I make for Punkinhead Designs:



And then I thought maybe I’d move toward something less western (since I'm a country girl, but not really a COWgirl:



But in the end, this lovely dark brown mustang cowhide pair from Justin won out. They’re dark but not too dark, and they have rubber soles which are super comfortable. I haven’t had to break them in at all because they are already soft and pliable. But the best thing - they look great with my skinny jeans. 



But enough of the boots on my favorites list, right? Here’s what you need to do to win your own… click here to enter your email to win your very own boots worth up to $150.00 from Country Outfitter, and then comment on this post with the name (or names) of YOUR favorite cowboy. Feel free to throw in some off-the-wall faves… Ronald Reagan, that guy you knew in college, Roy Rogers (there is no age-limit here!).

I'll announce the winner via random drawing on Monday, October 1st, so don't wait!! Good luck everyone - I can't wait to announce the winner!!


35 comments:

Hillyard's Photography said...

I entered woo Hoo....favorite cowboy I would have to say is Blake Shelton not sure he's a cowboy but he sings country music and he's married to my favorite cowgirl!!!

Kelly Zega said...

Depending upon mood and/or tendency toward nostalgia, I've gotta go with either "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (never would have seen it if it hadn't been for a freshman film lecture class...thanks to a great liberal arts education) or "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford". Brad Pitt in the wild, wild west? Works for me. Yeeeehaw!!! :)

Bloggy McBlogster said...

I am an enterer!

Jacqueline said...

My favorite cowboy isn't a cowboy at all, but is instead Annie Oakley. Who wouldn't love someone nicknamed Little Sure Shot!

Debbie said...

I put a link to your giveaway on my blog. This is so much fun!

luvaloo said...

Just entered!! And my favorite cowboy? How could it be anyone other than Sam Elliott???

Julie said...

ryTRigh 4My first "cowboy crush" was Rowdy Yates (played by a very young Clint Eastwood) on the old Rawhide TV series. *sigh* Does one get too old to wear cowboy/girl boots? I sure hope not!!!

Jessica said...

I really like John Travolta in Urban Cowboy; but I also loved Pauly Shore in Son-in-Law, when he tried to be a cowboy. :-)

Junque Rethunque said...

Such great cowboys (and girls!) I can't believe Clint Eastwood didn't enter my mind - LOVE those spaghetti westerns!!

Michelle Shellabarger said...

Oh, Robert Redford...Love the red boots!

Ashley Doty said...

i'm a fan of those young guns..especially emilio estevez as billy the kid! seems like john bon jovi may have made a guest appearance in one of them too!

woodbetony said...

Can I say Marty McFly's ancestor in the Back to the Future where it's set in the old west? Maybe not. That was my first cowboy ish film that I liked. Now, my step-dad rocks the hippie cowboy thing pretty well. He's been wearin pearl snaps and pointy toed boots for so long I think he'd perish without them.
I'm loving that there were actually ladies in 12's available. That's pretty rare.

Slinkee said...

I have 2 favorites, but one ins't a cowboy, she was a cowgirl..my Mom. She is the one that taught me how to ride a horse before I could ride a bike, she made me climb back in the saddle when I got bucked off, she was the one that took me to my horse shows and she was my rock. The other was my daddy. I learned how to drive a team of horses before I learned how to drive a car. I was a lucky little girl with amazing parents that I still look up to

Simple Words said...

I entered but I have to say my favorite cowboy would be Sam Elliot. He just seem like he would be one in real life not just in the moives.

Fawn said...

I entered! My favorite cowboy is Woody from toy story. There's a snake in my boot!

Junque Rethunque said...

Woody! Another great one! And I agree about Sam Elliot... he's just a cowboy all the way through. :)

idyllhands said...

GARTH BROOKS! So maybe he isn't a true cowboy, but he looks good dressed up in western wear.

mandy said...

Blake Shelton and George Strait!

Amber Perrodin said...

My favorite cowboy is hands down my daddy. And those slouchy boots are HOT! :)

Gracie Ziegler said...

I love Woody from Toy Story and I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan ... does that count? :)
Pick me!

Rusthawk said...

I submitted my email on the form and my most favorite cowboy was the young Clint Eastwood.

Gracie Dilday said...

I've entered!!
If Luke Bryan counts, he's definitely my favorite cowboy!

Patti said...

I entered at Country Outfitters! Also, my favorite cowboy is Clint Eastwood. Even named my son Clint! Great giveaway! lebl9077@bellsouth.net

Jodi said...

I need to feed my boot addiction! Favorite space cowbow - Mal from Firefly.

Junque Rethunque said...

Jodi!! I can't believe I didn't think of Mal!! I have lost cool points in my own eyes now. Great call. If any of you haven't discovered the (too) short-lived series Firefly yet, find it, watch it, and you're welcome. :)

Simply Bungalow said...

I've always wanted a pair of cowboy boots...I think my favorite cowboy would have to be Sam Elliot.

The Klingaman Family said...

I would say Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton are tied. But I am a nerdy cowboy lover, too, and must throw Dwight Yoakum in there.

Dawn Kropp said...

The ultimate cowboy... Mr. George Strait! I entered via september80@yahoo.com :)

Timothy Keller said...

Not many guys here..... I am going with Mongo from Blazing Saddles!!!

Jeanette Larson said...

I've worked with a lot of top notch cowboys and women ranchers. They're my heroes.

Jen S. said...

My favorite cowboy is Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy.

The Brewer's from Morrow said...

My favorite cowboy is my dad. They don't make men like that anymore.

Salz said...

hmmm, I thought I commented, but I don't see it! I entered, I WANT new boots! lol...and my favorite cowboy is Sam Elliott, even if he is just a movie cowboy. *swoon*

Sally Baker Williams~

Cyndi said...

Terrence Hill in the Trinity movies, love the humorous old spaghetti westerns he stared in.

Debbie said...

I love them all, but the Corral turquoise with fleur-de-lis design is awesome!