Mark Wystrach smells weed. He reaches into the front pocket of the top he wore here—a worn-out, yellow baseball shirt that got scooped up at some other haunt during some other stop-off, which is draped open over a white tank top—to lift out a half-smoked joint. But it's not just their yesteryear-inspired tunes making waves.
Well-worn vintage cowboy boots with pointed toes, exotic skins and novelty inlays are becoming as familiar a sight on the streets of Los Angeles as they are on the cattle ranches of Texas. Although they may never replace new boots by such makers as Tony Lama, Laredo and Justin, classic boots from the s to the s attract consumers looking for value, comfort and, most of all, authentic Western style. The trend is so strong that some manufacturers have introduced replicas of old boot silhouettes into their newest collections.
By Robert Macias. The humble, hardworking cowboy of the s would undoubtedly be surprised to learn that his everyday work boots are now fashion statements. Everything about the original cowboy boot was based on function, not fashion. The pointy tip was designed to make it easier for the cowpokes to insert their boots into stirrups.
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