Yes, I know...cowboy boots are trending. And yes, I still have the pair I bought and wore the first time they were popular in my lifetime. But every time I put them on, I just feel silly, like I'm wearing a costume or trying too hard to be "fashion."
I've pinned dozens of cowboy boot-wearing women to my Pinterest boards and even have a pair of white Western boots that's been sitting in my digital shopping cart for over a month. But something about this trend just doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's the long square toe. Or the awkward mid-calf height. Or the way they look with pants tucked in.
And so, after months of hemming and hawing, I decided I would isolate just the elements I actually like about a cowboy boot and find a shoe that incorporated them.
1. Detailed stitching. Some cowboy boots have wildly elaborate floral embroidery all over. Some have just the classic geometric top-stitching. But either way it's one thing about the Western look that I can actually get on board with.