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by on July 25, 2012

Cowboy boots have been a Wild West tradition on the American range since post-Civil War times. During the 1920′s, Hollywood picked up on the trend through Wild West flicks and the Roy Rogers Show. The cowboy boot has been an American trend staple rocked by Miley Cyrus and Clint Eastwood alike, and we’ve found five awesome examples of how to carry on the tradition.

The History of Cowboy Boots as a Fashion Statement

Roy Rogers

The Duke of Wellington of Britain first gave the cowboy name to a mid-calf boot with a low heel. These boots were issued to soldiers during the Civil War, who then returned home with them when the war was over. In the late 1890s, cowboys wore these Wellingtons to drive cattle from Kansas to Texas. It was not until the 1920s that Hollywood and Wild West films made the cowboy boot a true fashion trend.

 

 The History of Cowboy Boots as a Fashion Statement

Clint Eastwood in High Noon

You don’t have to own a horse to rock the cowboy boot. Celebs like Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson have been known to love them as an everyday staple. Here are five shoppable options so you can start rocking the cowboy boot too.

 

These little plastic booties by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa are the perfect way to keep dry on a rainy day on the range.  $232.00 Vivienne Westwood


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Contributed by Emily Draznik

Chicago transplant and aspiring gay icon. I hold the belief that puns are the highest form of humor and love writing about fashion and everything in between.