Yeah, yeah, there’s a Country Outfitter boot giveaway at the end, but I can’t do it without telling a boot story first.
Yes, Farmers Wear Cowboy Boots
I’m not sure why it is, but our rural Iowa farm family was a little bit country and western. I guess a lot of farm families were. Most of the men wore Western shirts, the kind with pearl snaps up the front and mostly Wranglers jeans. Many of the farmers also wore cowboy boots, my dad included. My little brother had a series of large cowboy hats, and it was a pretty big deal when he got a real calf roping rope for his birthday.
One of my fondest memories of childhood was my Dad getting new boots. He pretty much always had just two pairs of shoes. He had his old cowboy boots that he wore for farm and outdoor work, even to mow the lawn or chase cattle in. His other pair of shoes were also boots, nice ones for church or other “dress up” occasions. When the work boots wore out, the dress boots became work boots. This was an occasion because often it meant a trip to the big city of Omaha to get Dad a new pair of boots at the monstrosity of a Western store in western Omaha.
I had several pair of cowboy boots as a kid but the ones I remember best were tan suede, rounded toes, with white vinyl flower cut outs on the shaft. My mom got the exact same pair in gray suede. A few years ago I got a pair of standard brown, inexpensive pair of cowboy boots to go along with my Robert Earl Keen obsession.
But y’all, I’m telling ya’, I’ve never had a pair of boots like these beautiful red Ariat Women’s Heritage Red Deertan boots that Country Outfitter gave me to review. I recently wore them to a Razorback tailgate event and got a last-minute invite to go to the stadium for the big game. Those boots not only looked good, they were comfortable enough to walk in for a couple of miles to the stadium and stomp through the puddles of a rainy game. Country Outfitter also has men’s, women’s, and kids’ boots, and they aren’t all cowboy boots.
Enter to Win a Pair of Boots from Country Outfitter
Country Outfitter, smart folks that they are, gave the whole bunch of bloggers attending the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged conference the chance to get a pair of boots AND give a pair of boots. Yeah, that means YOU! I’m giving readers the chance to win a $150 gift card to Country Outfitter.
How to Enter
1. REQUIRED: Click on this link, enter your email address, and you’re entered to win. You have until September 30, 2012 to enter. A winner will be chosen randomly on October 1, 2012.
2. Comment below with a few words about a favorite or memorable pair of boots, or tell us about how you’ve never had a pair but always had a longing to be a country-western singing sensation so you and Blake Shelton could get matching tattoos or sing “The Road Goes On Forever” on stage with Robert Earl Keen. (Okay, that might be only me who fantasizes about such things.)
3. It’s not required, but feel free to share this blog post with friends by email or social media.