These boots aren’t made for walking |

These boots aren’t made for walking

Mike Peters

GREELEY – So you think you’re a cowboy, huh pardner?Well, there’s one sure way to tell – let’s see your boots. Are they pink, with sequins and silver studs and little heart-shaped holes in the top and buttons and bows and bells and whistles? No self-respecting cowboy or cowgirl would be seen in such footwear.But if your boots look like Garrison Nippert’s boots – he’s a cowboy from Beaver, Okla. – they’re real cowboy boots: dirty, manure-covered, stinky, well-worn and most important of all, comfortable.When rodeo week rolls around every summer, cowboy boots flood the town. Some of them are the real thing – cowboys in boots – buy many are boots worn only during this week of the year, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Cowboy boots are pointed so the toe will slip easily into the stirrup; the heel is deep so the foot won’t slip all the way through the stirrup. But about half the boots sold today will never see a horse.At the Corral West tent at the Stampede, Jeremy Cadd of Greeley is one of the people who sells the boots. “About 50 percent of the boots are for going to clubs and dancing,” he said, “not horseback riding,” Cadd said.You can get them in regular, run-of-the-mill leather or horsehide or more exotic styles: lizard, ostrich, crocodile, stingray skin, snake, eel and elephant. You can get them high-topped or low-cut or medium; you can get “slides,” which aren’t really boots at all, but the toes look boot-like.You can find boots in Greeley for almost any price, from an old, worn pair of boots at the Salvation Army store for $3 to the Lucchese brand boots, selling at $500 or more. And if you want to be a REAL cowboy or cowgirl, you can find the rough, tough, stout and sturdy genuine boots just about anywhere for about $100.Vail Colorado

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