Cowboy Boots and the Cowboy Look
The Cowboy Fantasy
When we were boys growing up in a small cotton mill village many of my friends and I enjoyed watching all those Westerns on television. In the 1950's with black and white television sets in our homes we were held in awe of cowboys riding,roping and branding cows; wearing at least two Colt revolvers on their hips and a nice Winchester stuck as an add on to their saddles. The attire which they wore included fancy boots, vests, bandannas and those wonderful hats.
We were fascinated and as young boys who are often impressionable were spellbound by the characters in the Westerns who immediately became our heroes. They were the good guys standing up for all that is right and at the end of those stories, good always won out over evil. I suppose all their conduct, which sometimes bordered on being rambunctious,the cowboy way did not do anything to gain the approval of our parents for lessons in morality. Some of the conduct and actions veered far from the strict fundamental teachings they had taught us.
Most of our new found heroes frequented those damnable saloons where a shot of Redeye whiskey was the favorite drink often ordered by some of our heroes Beer with a high heady foam was often drafted by a mustached bar keeper in a black vest from behind the bar that seemed to always had a huge mirror which eventually would be broken when a ruckus would inevitably ensue and some cowboy would inevitably be tossed over the bar in the scuffle. Small wonder they weren't shredded.
There was always a piano and lustful dance hall girls who had rooms upstairs in the saloon. In those days, the majority of us young buckaroos, we did not have a clue as to why they would choose to have such accommodations It seems a gunfight or a brawl often occurred in the short episodes. Marshall Dillon of Gunsmoke was a regular at Miss Kitty's Long Branch Saloon and Maverick, a card shark cowboy whose expertise and knowledge of poker always netted him a pile of chips and a huge roll of money. In the end there was always a disgruntled loser who pulled a a derringer or a six gun and wound up being shot dead and a free ride to the fabled Boot Hill in a pine coffin with no mourners to grieve for him.
Our Christmas letters to Santa would always include at least something pertaining to those men of the Wild West and the clothing and accessories that seemed to set them apart from everyone else. I can remember at least one Christmas when my brother and I got cap guns with nice holsters and how proud we were riding our bikes through the cotton mill village playing cowboy and "injuns" with our friends. The smell of the powder when we shot those toy guns is forever one that remains and even today brings back so many wonderful memories.
As we grew to become teens, our gal-loused overalls transitioned to Levi's and our footwear of choice from sneakers to a pair of nice boots. Being a Southerner and having the influence of Country Western music, many of us opted for nice Western shirts and some even had Western hats. Maybe not a cowboy syndrome but more of a passing fad because they just looked cool!
Cowboy boots tended to be too snug on my feet and crowded my toes. We always would have shoe taps put on the toes and heels which made an awesome sound on hardwood floors and walking down a concrete sidewalk in town. One thing for sure it drew attention and turned heads. Folks could hear us coming with those sharp clicks made by each step we took but best of all they were "Chick magnets." The ladies seem to take a cotton to the Western look.
The Western look is still popular among many young men today. Levi jeans or Carhartt jeans and jackets are very popular here in WNC. Cowboy boots are still popular too among both guys and gals. My sons love boots and the Western look. The memories of our youth of cowboys are precious and the influence and impressions made though sifted through time remain.
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