The Power of Boots

Photograph by The Voorhes

The cowboy boot is more than a sturdy piece of workwear. It’s more than a fashion statement, too. It’s a vital piece of Texas culture, as complicated, diverse, and ever-evolving as the makeup of our state. We explored the art and culture and traditions that surround the official footwear of Texas—so named by the Texas Lege—with a little help from a few of our favorite neighbors.

Style & Design

Texans and Their Boots: Reflections From a Few of Our Favorite People

The stories, the traditions, and the deeper meanings of the boots in their lives.

Lyle Lovett and boots

“With a boot, you’re sending a message. Fashion is all about communication. You’re saying, ‘This is who I am. This is what I think is important.’”

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From the Archives


Bootmaker at work

Alive and Kicking

Nothing advertises your Texas bona fides more these days than a pair of handmade cowboy boots. Here's everything you need to know about them - how to tell a vamp from a pull, which toe style is right with a suit - and where to buy the best.