Jan 21, 2012

These Boots

"I wore out more soles than I care to count
Done more stupid things than most would dare to
I've kicked myself more times than not
for the roads they led me down
but the darndest thing I've ever seen them do 
is walkin' out on you."

~ Eric Church, These Boots

I first heard this song a few weeks ago, and I'm not going to lie, I started sobbing. I love Eric Church, firstly. Springsteen, Love Your Love The Most, Carolina, My Heart's Got A Memory, anyone? But it really got me thinking about all the places I've gone with my boots, and where they've taken me in my life. 

I get emotionally attached to some of my things. There, I said it. 

A wise woman, because I really don't know who, once said:
“I love things.
Not just because they’re beautiful or chic or pretty, but because they’re a distraction. 
I love them because they will never leave me. 
My fur won’t get up and leave me one day. 
My pearls won’t choose another neck over mine.
My cashmere won’t decide it doesn’t love me anymore. 
I confess, I love things because I trust them more than I trust people. 
That, and because they also make my life a little more fabulous.”

This could not describe my life more accurately. My cowboy boots make my life a lot more fabulous. They're a connection to Texas, one of my favorite spots in the world, they've taken me to Dallas, Beijing, Georgetown, Richmond, West Virginia, Charlotte and many more places. They make yoga pants look amazing, and can dress down a three hundred dollar Lilly frock just as easily. They were never anything special that I picked out, they were just the most comfortable and the cutest ones they had in my size at Cavenders. We would begin our love/hate relationship of getting said boots off that night, before I learned to invest a good boot pull. Two hurt muscles in the back of my knees and $8.95 later, after arguing with my Mother about just why I should be able to get the hunting printed boot pull, but settling for the plain black, my boots and I were off into the world together.  

They're looking a little rough these days, with two frayed toes, one broken seam, but they're still my boots all the same. They've aged nicely, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon. I mean let's face it, I'll wear these under my long white dress next year when I graduate, maybe when I graduate college, and even when I get married.  Like many "first" things, I think you always remember one special first thing. For me, it's my Size 9.5 Tan Dan Post Boots.

I do have my eye on another pair however...

What can I say? 

These boots are the most beautiful works of art I've ever seen. And they might just be made for walkin'.


{The Young Southern Prep}


  1. I would love to get a pair of cowboy boots! I'm not so sure they would really fit in up here in Jersey but I don't care! Maybe next time I am visiting my bestie in NOLA I will venture out into Louisiana to get a pair!

  2. Ooh I love this post!! I feel this same way! I have considered wearing mine at graduation! So cute! I love the Virginia boots you posted! Do they make NC ones?

  3. I love Eric Church and my Tony Lama's! I wore mine under my wearing dress even though they are about 7 years old and ready for retirement. They fit my feet PERFECTLY and are the most comfortable pair of shoes. i have bought several pairs but keep falling back to my old faithful tan Tony Lama's that I bought from a boot store in GA (The same store Brantley Gilbert worked at!)


  4. I never really got the cowboy boot thing, being from the midwest. That pair is so cool! :)

  5. Love the post! I've lived in Nash for two years and still don't have a pair of boots. I need to get me some! =)

    megs [at] Shine On


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