There was a time when cowboy boots were the footwear of choice for linedancers, rodeo riders and country musicians. These days, the cowboy boot has experienced a new lease of life. It takes a certain personality to wear cowboy boots. Some are wary of the showiness, worried that they might draw undue attention to themselves. For others, this is exactly the point!
The truth is, cowboy boots can also be incredibly comfortable, offering a confident attitude and easy style. Fashionistas and celebrities can now be seen donning these high, and sometimes elaborate, leather boots. Here are a few cowboy boot wearing celebs who have helped to raise the profile of this uniquely American footwear.
Madonna – The popularity of cowboy boots seemed to increase dramatically after 2000. It might be coincidence, but this was after Madonna released her album ‘Music’. Videos of singles from the album featured the singer in full cowboy chic, from glamorous country diva to western farm hand. Seemingly overnight the sales of cowboy boots soared. Funnily enough, check shirts have been in vogue ever since too.
Tom Ford – Tom Ford has a great knack for being ahead of the game when it comes to fashion; well, it’s his job! The designer has always had a penchant for the cowboy boot, probably because of his roots. Born in Austin, Texas, Ford still has ties with the western state, moving to Santa Fe when he was 11. While being an internationally renowned designer, Ford’s roots are clearly very important to him, and the cowboy boots are a part of that.
Renee Zellweger – Like Tom Ford, Renee Zellweger’s background is undoubtedly an influence on her choice of footwear. Also born in Texas, in a town called Katy, enthusiastically involved in youth activities including cheerleading, gymnastics and drama. The appeal of Renee Zellweger has always been her hometown authenticity: you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl!
Reese Witherspoon – Self confessed country music fan Reece Witherspoon is also a big fan of cowboy boots. Witherspoon began to explore her Louisiana roots working on the film Walk The Line, the biopic about country star Johnny Cash. Playing the singer’s wife, June Carter Cash, the actress immersed herself in the era and the country genre. This stayed with Witherspoon so much that at her recent wedding to agent Tim Toth, the DJ at the reception had to play a set of country songs. When she had enough of her uncomfortable shoes, she spent the rest of the evening in her cowboy boots!