Photography by Christine Tremoulet
Growing up in Texas you learn a lot about the history of things around here. You grow up surrounded by stories. We’re a proud sort — only New Yorkers rival our level of state pride, and we’re okay with that. We understand them. They are, in that sense, our northern twin souls.
For all the metropolitan areas around the state, there still remains that connection to the old west – the farming and ranching histories. The battles and wars for independence. The scrappy “we’ll take care of this” attitude that has built families and businesses and industries. Not surprisingly there’s a lot of swagger in Texas.
It’s because of the boots.
There’s just something about a pair of cowboy boots. That little extra swing in your hips, the jolt of confidence and attitude, the knowledge that you just might be able to kick someone’s ass at any given minute if a bar fight broke out. These are good skills.
I’ve never owned a pair of my own. Crazy, right?! How do you grow up here and not own a pair of cowboy boots?
Well, it’s simple. I have a huge amount of respect for cowboys and cowgirls – the real ones. The ones whose boots are scuffed and broken in and full of dirt and stories because all of that was hard-earned. All of that came from their real life. And those boots resting on a barstool had stories I could never live up to.
I sort of felt like an impostor in a pair. I know this makes no sense to anyone not inside my head, but that’s how I felt. But then I started thinking about it differently. I don’t ranch, I’ve never broken a horse and the science of crops eludes me – but I’ve got my own stories to tell. Good ones. And thanks to my interest in a Life List I plan to add even more interesting stories. I’ve come think that should my own pair of boots rest on a barstool somewhere I could do them proud. I believe I could honor the tradition of the boots.
And so on the Life List it went: Find the perfect pair of cowboy boots – and you know what happened? Langston’s Western Wear found me – and they wanted to help me find my boots.
I love the Internet.
And I FOUND THEM. I found them in Dan Post boots. I love every thing about them. They are comfortable (seriously), slightly broken in and look like they have a story attached to them. I promise you this: they are going to have some great stories attached to them shortly.
Want to know the first story? I’M GIVING A PAIR OF DAN POST BOOTS AWAY TO A LUCKY READER! Guys or gals – doesn’t matter.
The folks at Langston’s, they’re good people. You should get get to know them.
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Leave a comment – and in this comment tell me how or where you would wear your boots (or give the boots to someone!) to create a story of your own.
2. Be sure to leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if you win.
3. While it’s not required to enter or win, and there is no extra entry for it, if you’d consider “liking” Langston’s Facebook page, I’d sure appreciate you showing them some love. Good people deserve to have good things happen to them.
Winner will be randomly drawn Friday at 5:00pm CST.
Because it’s the holiday season and you guys are amazing, Langston’s is offering you guys 20% off all orders over $100 through December 4, 2011. Just enter “voice” as the discount code! There are lots of great things besides boots there. (Hint: JEANS.)
Good luck to everyone! I can’t wait to read your comments, plans and stories – you guys are fascinating.
UPDATED! Congratulations, SaraJoy! You are now a person who wins things – you are now a new boot owner! I’ll reach out to you this weekend with information on how to pick out your new boots.
Thanks to everyone who entered – I truly enjoyed reading your stories!