Let me be clear, in case there was any confusion on the subject: I am no cowgirl. But a number of dude ranch vacations as a child (including an actual cattle drive, á la the movie City Slickers) and a serious affinity for the Dolly Parton Spotify channel make me like to think that I am a cowgirl at heart. And without enumerating all the ways in which I like to live out the cowgirl lifestyle - not the least of which is attending the Professional Bull Riders at Madison Square Garden whenever possible - let me just say that I think cowboy boots are the perfect all-occasion footwear. They're informal enough to wear for mucking out a horse stall, but have a heel like a dress boot that can rise to more fashionable occasions. Both my father and husband wear them in lieu of dress shoes with suits and tuxes, including on my wedding day.
After our wedding, a few friends got together and gave my husband Reuben and me the most awesome wedding gift ever - custom embellished his and hers cowboy boots, with our initials (new ones, for me) and wedding date.
If we weren't cowboy boot people before, we sure are now. This sent me on the hunt for another, less fancy pair - something a little less flashy that could be my staple boot all Autumn/Winter/Spring long on the streets of NYC. The Dan Post boots shown at the top are the result of much agonized searching. I finally found them after trying on mannnny pairs on a trip through Memphis and Nashville (not to mention a very pregnant trip to Allan's Boots, in Austin, TX, seen in the Instagram below). I find these to be the perfect city slicker's cowboy boots - western enough to live the dream, but not so much so as to look hokey on the streets of Brooklyn. They have a delicate heel and slightly rounded toe, as opposed to some of the more upturned, pointy toes that seem most common in the rows and rows of boots I sifted through. While Dan Post doesn't have the reputation of being the kind of boots that last a lifetime at the rodeo, they also don't have the price tag (upwards of $900!) that some of the other brands have.