Mens Cowboy Boots in Fashion
How long is it since the Wild West has made an appearance in mainstream fashion? Well the time is high noon for designers from Paris to New York. No longer restricted to rodeo and westerns, men’s cowboy boots along with tassels and true grit are once again strutting their self assured swagger down the AW15/16 catwalks of DSquared2, YSL, Xander Zhou, hell even Topman Design is on the rodeo bandwagon with a fistful of redneck revival.
You can blame Leonardo in The Revenant, Quentin Tarrantino and his Hateful Eight or The Magnificent Seven but as Oscar Wilde said, ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’. Jamie Hince and Harry Styles rock men’s cowboy boots oozing confidence, uniqueness and ultimately bought-in machismo for their everyday style. James Bay takes the hat and denims. Rock n Roll meets High Plains Drifter. Lest we forget, Hellraiser and punk rock legend Lemmy Kilmister (RIP) who was almost as famous for his iconic black metal cowboy image as he was for his whiskey drenched gravelly vocal. The legend was even buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pair of cowboy boots. Rock n Roll personified.
Designers of men’s fashion have always looked to the wild west for inspiration. The redneck riviera style is synonymous with courage, strength and virility and it’s that which we channel in men’s fashion today. Ralph Lauren himself is rarely seen without his trademark bootcut jeans and cowboy boots. This year the autumn winter catwalks were awash with inspiration from the rodeo. DSquared2 teamed men’s cowboy boots in a variety of colours and heels, worn under straight cut jeans and teamed with fur or hides, leather or suede with fringing. Topman Design gave us Sensitive Cowboy with silk western shirts and double denim and plaid shirts are everywhere. YSL paraded ankle height cowboy boots with skinny jeans, ponchos and cattleman hats while designer, Xander Zhou gave us full on couture cowboy with boots worn over jeans then paired with smart wool coats. The look has impact and punch screaming confidence and style. Zhou has vision. It’s new and exciting and the fashion forward are bracing themselves. It’s not for the faint hearted.
Men’s cowboy boots are back en vogue and why not? Shorter men can acceptably achieve an inch or two in the angled Cuban heel while simultaneously oozing macho style and individuality. No longer just for the rodeo and high plains or presidents, movie or rock stars, men’s cowboy boots are entering their own on the catwalk of men’s fashion designers which can only mean one thing, a high street near you very soon.