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It's interesting (and refreshing) what passes for formal wear in Texas. It's not something that I've ever considered wearing (but then, I don't live in Texas nor am I from there). It's refreshing that there is such a strong Texas identity that it extends to clothes.
It's that Texas pride, mudbug. It's not that Texas don't know what to wear when they venture into the rest of the world. But we're proud of where we come from, the state that shelters us and encourages our ventures, and we love to wear the symbols of the roots of our success. So you'll see elegant Armani tuxes proudly worn with Lucchese cowboy boots. And during the annual Rodeo time [in Houston we call it "the Fat Stock show"] the Ladies Who Lunch wear cowgirl clothes with their diamonds.
I certainly didn't want to seem dismissive. I was trying (apparently unsuccessfully) a similar point - that Texans have a healthy sense of identity and that it was a good thing that they set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd. It sort of hearkens back to a previous discussion we had here on the Farm about session juxtaposed with Texas and the deal it made with the US govt that session was an option it reserved for itself. In a way, Texas may be the most American of the American states.
I wrote (but then deleted it) that I would never wear "Texas clothes" since I am not Texan and that to me it was a little like wearing military BDUs, etc. because I was never in the military - I sort of haven't "earned the right" to wear it.
Hats off to you and Cilla and the rest of the Texans!
I love wearing diamonds with blue jeans and black exotic leather cowboy boots, with a white western shirt and pearl snap buttons. Well said, Ms. Matthews.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston, Texas
Used to work with an orthopedic surgeon who wore white leather custom made boots from a small shop in San Antonio, in the OR. When he took out the Black and Decker saw and drill to do his hip repairs,( which were all made in the United States back then), he looked like an OR Cowboy.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
Cilla... better an OR cowboy with a bone saw than the cowboy wannabees in their pickup trucks littering the roadways with plastic parts from their road rage. At least he is doing some human good while the rest are just trashing up the place.
Marianne - Took my kids to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when we lived down that way. I still remember the look on my oldest' face when that longhorn took the flying leap-and-snort at the bars on the pen right at him. Made me jump too! Great memories for all to the point they made Houston their home.
I've got my own pair of Nocona boots that sadly see more closet time than I'd like, its just since I work out of the home office, my slippers get more wear....
Except when I jog, play golf, or fish, I wear only cowboy boots. I've got three pair of Justins in different degrees of decomposition that I wear to work in--the least worn I wear most days to teach in. I have a pair of black Noconas that I wore on my wedding day; they're my formal boots.
I live in Indiana, don't have horses or cows, but I was born in Wyoming and the man who raised me was a true cowboy (though also a Hoosier), so I wear them to honor him also.
[But no hat. I figure the boots and the hat are reserved for people with more right to them than me. I have a hat but only wear it in the summer mowing my lawn, etc. And no REALLY big belt buckles. Again, I aint that authentic!]
A well made boot does not have those seams at the instep and the outside of the instep. A well made boot is made from one piece of leather for the entire upper, all of it, the vamp, the back, the tongue, the quarter, but not including the upper decorative part, all properly molded to a last, stitched at the heel only, with that heel seam sometimes covered.
These are badly made boots despite whatever price they bear.
The wholesale abandonment of quality and even the knowledge of quality in the USA has become embarrassing.
You've apparently never worn a pair of Lucchese boots. For me, they are extremely comfortable, the best fit ever. I've had three pair, two of which I still own. Each is over 15 years old and still in great shape, in spite of me.