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Coreene
May. 13, 2011, 06:59 PM
Oh please, dear COTH pals, help me! I want black cowboy boots, but I have an abbondanza calf size (it's not for nothing that I love the Womanly Sized Riders Unite thread).

Any suggestions re brand?

Help! :cool:

baysngreys
May. 13, 2011, 07:09 PM
Maybe a boot guy can put a gusset in for you?

MistyBlue
May. 13, 2011, 07:25 PM
AHA!

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!

I knew you'd be getting a pair of cowboy boots sooner or later!

And now I'm jealous. I sooo want a pair!

Coreene
May. 13, 2011, 07:30 PM
AHA!

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!

I knew you'd be getting a pair of cowboy boots sooner or later!

And now I'm jealous. I sooo want a pair!
Yes, you KNEW it would happen!

Misty, I am showing Oliver western at the end of June. I know that it would be perfectly fine to use paddock boots, since it's a little schooling show, but since I have my fabulous pimp-o-rama Hobby Horse show shirt and my yee-ha new cowboy hat, I have to have cowboy boots.

No, I am not wearing the cowboy hat in mounted classes. I will look like a fat dork with my helmet on, but whatever, it's a wonderful fundraiser for Red Bucket Equine Rescue. :cool:

I do not want to have to spend the $$ for a gusset atop new boots. For that I would just get new paddock boots LOL!

I saw the most amazing black patent leather Ariat cowboy boots last year, white patent trim, totally pimped. Yet, alas, they are for legs of the skinny persuasion. And none of me be of the skinny persuasion.

MistyBlue
May. 13, 2011, 07:57 PM
Have you tried the lower height, wider topped FatBaby boots by Ariat. They make them as riding boots and in tons of colors I think.
And yes, having boots to go with the rest of the pimped outfit is a must!

stryder
May. 13, 2011, 08:06 PM
Have you tried the lower height, wider topped FatBaby boots by Ariat. They make them as riding boots and in tons of colors I think.
And yes, having boots to go with the rest of the pimped outfit is a must!

Ha! I was thinking FatBaby, too. Here's a link:
http://www.ariat.com/Western/Women/Footwear/Fatbaby/FatbabyCowgirl.html

Many colors. Very cute.

ShowBaby is another appealing model.

Short tops will help.

SLW
May. 13, 2011, 08:14 PM
A gusset is your friend or else you can take a knife and slice down the back side of the boot a lil bit. When Dear Daughter was rodeo queening we did this with some of the western dress boots that were snug going over her abundent calf. Or as stryder said, use roper boots and not the taller dress boot. However, most folks would advise against riding in Fatbaby boots because the sole is thick and wide and won't come out of a stirrup easily.

sk_pacer
May. 13, 2011, 08:21 PM
Try a longer standing brand than Ariat - try Tony Lama, Justin, Nocona etc as they make more shaft length variation on any given style than Ariat and they also have a deeper scallop on top and that makes a world of difference. Double H also makes wider shafts than many makers, so do shop around before you set your heart on Ariats. I know, because I have fat calves too (and weird feet) so I cannot wear Ariats, Boulet, Brahman (Boulets in cheap clothing) and a couple of others. Those boots do not fit 'duck' feet (AA heel and B toe in my case) and are made worse by having a very high instep.

goneriding24
May. 13, 2011, 09:20 PM
I semi-sneer at the shorter shanked, lower boot heel. Olathes have a snazzy deep scallop boot that is good for colt starting. The top really spreads out so you don't get your foot stuck in the boot should it get stuck in the stirrup after you've taken a header off your colt. Follow that?? So, it's really good for us fluffier legged ladies.

The Olathes do cowgirl pimped out pretty good too! Hubby's boots are all Olathes and mine are Olathes and Tony Lama's. I do admit to owning some Fatbabies but don't ride in them. You can't quit your stirrups or horse quickly due to the sole.

citydog
May. 13, 2011, 09:41 PM
The Fatbabies come in different soles. Some are indeed stirrup-friendly (but you do have to be careful not to get the unsafe lugged ones, especially if you are ordering online).

Coreene, I'm not a huge Ariat fan, but the ProBabies (the taller version of the Fatbabies) fit my very large calves (18.5"), so I'd encourage you to try them. I have a pair of Justin Gypsy(?) boots that are shorter that also fit.

DeeThbd
May. 13, 2011, 10:10 PM
Another good options are Ariat lacers - they aer basically a western paddock boot. VERY fun to dress up with silver kilties! :)
Dee

LovelyBay
May. 13, 2011, 10:49 PM
I have Ariat Fat-Babies and Pro-Babies and I love them both! I have ones with stars on them :-) I only ride in the ones with the designated riding safe soles though. I think they are super comfortable and easy to get off an on.

bluebuckets
May. 14, 2011, 12:12 AM
I have Ariat Probabies and they fit my wide calves just fine. I have also ridden in them quite a bit, actually, in english stirrups too (Royal Riders 4 3/4 with cheesegraters) and they're fine, never felt like I was stuck. I wouldn't say they're the highest quality boot, I used mine to show FFA livestock, ride in when I forgot my tall boots, and walk around the barn in during the summer, and after about a year and a half, they're completely falling apart. They are extremely comfy, though.

Talked to my friend who rides western and she said that's not uncommon for western boots, however, and that she has to buy new pairs every couple years.

Hope you find just the right boots!

suz
May. 14, 2011, 12:36 AM
have you tried mens' sizes? i love my durango boots and where them everywhere.
not for my calves but for my really wide feet, much better fit than the womens' same style.

mypaintwattie
May. 14, 2011, 02:16 AM
I think we need to take a trip to the local boot barn, I could always use another pair of boots:winkgrin:

Ariat Fatbaby, Rodeobaby, Showbaby, Whoababy, Ranchbaby, Justin Gypsy all have shorter shafts and stirrup friendly soles.

Coreene
May. 14, 2011, 02:37 AM
Ooooh, thank you for all the super suggestions! And I just remembered that, should it come to gussetness, the shoe repair near my nail place is a boot guy.

You do all realize this is for a sum total of one halter class and one flat class? Because, after all, it is about the photos! ;)

Event4Life
May. 14, 2011, 04:30 AM
My calves aren't fat, but they're certainly not skinny either. I have a pair of Boulets in a Men's 7, which I LOVE. They're expensive but worth every penny. They are the most comfortable boots I own with the possible exception of my Dubarrys.

If you want something a bit cheaper you could try Durangos Cowboy Boots. I think I got mine on clearance for like $80. I got them in a Men's 7 too. It was funny - we were in Jackson, WY and there were a bunch of tourists in the shop trying on boots and plaid shirts. I think we were the only people in there who actually worked on a ranch.

I actually prefer the men's boots to the women's as there's less bling on them. I got a men's belt for the same reason. I got it 3 years ago and wear it pretty much every day - still looks brand new!

goneriding24
May. 14, 2011, 09:39 AM
Except for the Fatbabies, I think all mine are men's boot too. They don't wear out but it seemed to me, the women's boots don't hold up as well.

One class or oodles of classes, you have to have "the look"!

cowboymom
May. 14, 2011, 11:31 AM
Another vote for Durangos for something off the shelf. They aren't expensive and b/c of that they seem to have a little more give to them with the thinner leather.

I've also had several pairs of Ariat ropers that I've loved.

Trixie
May. 14, 2011, 12:11 PM
You do all realize this is for a sum total of one halter class and one flat class? Because, after all, it is about the photos!

You don't want to know what we've spent over the years "for the pictures."

But with that said, I wear my cowboy boots all the time and never to the barn. They work well under a pair of boot cut jeans to go out in and are way more comfy than heels.

MistyBlue
May. 14, 2011, 12:37 PM
I agree Goneriding24..many companies just do not make women's wear as sustantial as men's wear. Even outdoor/farm/utility wear companies don't make the womens' versions as well as the mens'. Pisses me right off. Most companies make the womens' wear to the same standards as the childrens'. :no:

Trixie is right...cowboy boots never mean "wear them once" or "once in a while." They look fantastic with tons of outfits! :yes: And if you get the right style and fit for you, they're comfy as heck.

And dammit Coreene...I was looking last night online for wide calf cowboy boots and came across a pair I feel a drastic need to own! I need to buy boots right now like I need a hole in my head...but that's not stopping me from drooling over them:
http://www.ishoesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/draft_lens2588432module15254492photo_1234300187luc chese-cowboy-boots.jpg
I don't know why these came up in a search for wide calf styles though. But Lordy are they scrumptious!

stryder
May. 14, 2011, 12:38 PM
I wouldn't think "one halter class and one flat class" would even slow you down! After all, didn't Oliver first get his pimped-out saddle, and then breast collar, without even a thought of showing? :lol::lol:

MistyBlue
May. 14, 2011, 12:42 PM
Just looked at the Durangos...they have a "Shorty" slouch boot that's really cute and has a wider calf. Looks like they come in pointed or square toes.

Western folks...besides asthetics is there any reason to go with a different toe shape for riding?

sk_pacer
May. 14, 2011, 12:51 PM
Western folks...besides asthetics is there any reason to go with a different toe shape for riding?

Aesthetics has nothing to do with it - it is much easier to grab a stirrup with a pointed or slightly rounded toe. A square or full round toe box makes one more apt to kick the stirrup away rather than snag it and slid your foot in.

Coreene
May. 14, 2011, 12:59 PM
I wouldn't think "one halter class and one flat class" would even slow you down! After all, didn't Oliver first get his pimped-out saddle, and then breast collar, without even a thought of showing? :lol::lol:

And silver show headstall. This is one of the big reasons eBay was invented. Because then I could pick up a fab silver show halter and matching lead shank for pennies and dress my Halfsteiner up as a giant Quarter Horse. :lol:

ThisTooShallPass
May. 14, 2011, 01:46 PM
I live in the middle of cattle ranch country, where the cows are actually worked off horseback, not four wheelers. Standing rule is Fatbabies are NOT to be ridden in.

stryder
May. 14, 2011, 02:14 PM
And silver show headstall. This is one of the big reasons eBay was invented. Because then I could pick up a fab silver show halter and matching lead shank for pennies and dress my Halfsteiner up as a giant Quarter Horse. :lol:


I knew about the silver show headstall, but hadn't heard about the show halter and matching lead shank. I think Oliver would be mortified if he's fully accessorized, and you show up in some ugly-a** boots. Yep, I can see you've been thinking about this. How good of you, to plan ahead and go for the total look!

cowboymom
May. 14, 2011, 04:38 PM
Fat Babies aren't for riding, that's for sure. We are a No-Fat Babies household here.

It's easier to grab a stirrup with a pointed toe boot though I rode and walked in my square toed Durangos all last summer. I bought pointed toes this year.

MistyBlue
May. 14, 2011, 04:44 PM
Makes sense on the pointed toe! Good news too since I like that toe best! :D

goneriding24
May. 14, 2011, 05:39 PM
Give me cricket killers any day of the week over those square toed things. Egads!

Event4Life
May. 14, 2011, 05:55 PM
I definitely like the pointed toe better, but when I was wearing my boots for 12hrs/day the rounded toe was more comfortable.

Coreene
May. 14, 2011, 11:14 PM
Stryder, no point doing things in half measures - if you're going for the photos, go big or go home hahahahaha.

UrbanHennery
May. 14, 2011, 11:32 PM
Current "in" style seems to be square toes - it's what everyone I've seen at shows is wearing. Which is too bad as I like pointy toes better...

I just bought these for showing (reining) this summer - http://www.shoebuy.com/dan-post-boots-jackson-hole-12-dp2877/420592/895594. They're crazy comfy and the calfs are reasonably big. I bet in one of the 11" shafts you'd be good to go. Plus, they're offering 20% off and free shipping both ways. AND, if you create an account you get 10% off every order. I got mine for only $96.

Go Fish
May. 15, 2011, 12:59 AM
Quite frankly, I'm shocked that Aunt Esther would even consider anything but a custom-made, full Python, Lucchese boot. Anything less would be totally out of character. :lol:

stryder
May. 15, 2011, 02:04 AM
Stryder, no point doing things in half measures - if you're going for the photos, go big or go home hahahahaha.

Sorry, I can't resist this. Should be "go big or STAY home."

I can't wait to see the pics.

Plumcreek
May. 15, 2011, 02:28 AM
Aunt Esther knows that Python is so '80s.

Coreene
May. 16, 2011, 01:36 PM
And actually, it wound up being more of an issue than I had originally thought: my instep is so high I can't get into cowboy boots. Oy vey. So I got the lace-up Ariat ropers with the kiltie.

We went to Boot Barn yesterday, all the suggestions written down, and no joy with anything except laces. Which is sad, because I was just swoooooooning and there were SO many I would have snapped up in a second.

Yeah, I know, it may not be exactly what they wear in the Big Time Show Pen, but I am in the Itty Bitty Fundraiser Schooling Show Pen With A Half Holsteiner Half APHA Pretending To Be A Quarter Horse.

You know, a Halfsteiner. :lol:

Thank you again for all your help!

Reynard Ridge
May. 16, 2011, 02:57 PM
You do all realize this is for a sum total of one halter class and one flat class? ;)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, grasshopper. :yes:

But, seriously, and, oh, by the way, WTF, boots called Fatbabies? Can not wrap my head around the strategic thinking behind that one.

2DogsFarm
May. 16, 2011, 04:58 PM
dress my Halfsteiner up as a giant Quarter Horse. :lol:

Now see?
This is why Great Minds Think Alike.
What's the use of my having a Great Big Buckskin Australian Warmblood if I can't pass him off as an irradiated QH?

After all, even if daddy was Hanoverian, his momma was 1/2 Australian Stock Horse & 1/2 QH.
It's in his jeans :winkgrin:

Besides, the thought of being able to show in jeans myself is pretty attractive....

Look out, County Fair
They's a Big New Horse in Town :cool:

Now I gotta work on making trot into jog & canter into lope....

Coreene
May. 17, 2011, 01:35 AM
2DF, I cannot begin to tell you how jealous I am that you have a buckskin, for I absolutely love them. Any photos you can share? :yes:

HydroPHILE
May. 17, 2011, 02:01 PM
Calf size kinda depends on the style of boot as well: more so than just Lacers or Ropers, but maker, design, use, etc. If you get a good pair of leather cowboy boots (just plain with a walking or a riding heel....if you're doing both, I suggest walking heel,) they will stretch out, or you can take them to a boot repair shop and have them stretched slightly. You don't need a gusset.

I can't stand FatBabies. They look like boots that Real Housewives of (insert county of choice here) County or "I'm gonna go runnin' barrels in booty shorts, a tank top with my boobs hangin' out, and big ole spurs that I don't know how to use" teenie boppers would wear.

I've had the same pair of plain, "distressed" pointed/rounded toe brown leather boots for the past thirteen years, and I haven't even had to have the soles replaced in them. They've been worn for cattle doctoring all the way to Summer sundresses.

My fiancé has square toe black leather boots he wears with formal pants as well as riding. He just looked better in square toe, and he never did any doctoring, etc.

claire
May. 17, 2011, 03:41 PM
Must check out the Lucchese Boot web site. To die for!

Would be well worth ordering and then have your shoe guy customize the fit for you! You would definitely wear them for more than just shows.
And, I am sure that you and Oliver will have so much fun, that you will be doing a lot more showing on the western circuit.

You know that Hunter Princess' never grow out of the dressing up and showing thing. We just move on to be Dressage Divas or Cowgirl Queens, (impeccably turned out, of course! :winkgrin: )


Lucchese website:

http://www.lucchese.com/collections.php


1883 Classy!http://www.lucchese.com/files/products2090.jpg

Blinged B/W! http://www.lucchese.com/products_detail.php?id=2485

Bling w/Animal Print! http://www.lucchese.com/products_detail.php?id=2501

Also, check out Aleeya under the Diva collection.

trabern
May. 17, 2011, 04:14 PM
:lol: I prefer to keep my fat and skinny calves barefoot. The cowboys would mock my cattle in footwear. No one thinks it is fair to rope a calf waddling along in heels, and no one wants to be out-shoe-fashioned by their future hamburger. :lol:

Event4Life
May. 17, 2011, 04:15 PM
Ooo as I said earlier I don't usually like bling, but those lucchese 1883 Classys are GORGEOUS.*drool*

goneriding24
May. 17, 2011, 04:32 PM
OP, I hit your name instead of the "3" and your profile pic came up. What a fab picture!! Loves it! Adorable horse too!

Ustabe, Lucchese wouldn't make Womens boots. They thought that our little feetsies were too elastic and so they couldn't make a proper pair. Cher even got turned down. They've come a long way, baby!

Coreene
May. 17, 2011, 06:15 PM
OP, I hit your name instead of the "3" and your profile pic came up. What a fab picture!! Loves it! Adorable horse too!Thank you, that is my former horse Willem, now residing in the Great Pasture in the Sky. He was a character. :sadsmile:

So in case some of you missed it, I got lace up Ariat Ropers on Sunday because my instep is so high I can't get them into damn boots. :lol:

BBer Mypaintwattie is trying to enable even more by suggesting that I now need black chaps, and I keep saying I do not. There is something just wrong with wearing black show chaps and a riding helmet. :cool:

MistyBlue
May. 17, 2011, 06:48 PM
I don't think a helmet and chaps would bad.
(then again, I don't know western fashion)

However...considering your heritage you *could* go with a helmet cover:
http://www.activeseakayaking.ca/wp-content/uploads/silly_helmet_cover3984.jpg

Event4Life
May. 17, 2011, 06:58 PM
OMG Coreene, I just got a big chuckle reading your signature....BEST BRITISH TV SHOW EVER. I grew up watching Hyacinth Bucket. Poor, poor Richard! One of my favourite episodes is when Hyacinth "goes riding." What a superstar that horse was.

Sorry for the diversion, just had to comment - I can't believe I missed that before!

PS I think Aunt Esther could one up Hyacinth no problem!

Coreene
May. 17, 2011, 07:04 PM
However...considering your heritage you *could* go with a helmet cover:
http://www.activeseakayaking.ca/wp-content/uploads/silly_helmet_cover3984.jpg
Misty, Misty, Misty. It is only because I love you so much that I will not be insulted by you thinking I was of Scandinavian heritage.

Dutch people do not wear horns. :lol: We are not Vikings!

stryder
May. 17, 2011, 07:07 PM
ever ridden in clogs?

Heinz 57
May. 17, 2011, 07:12 PM
"I'm gonna go runnin' barrels in booty shorts, a tank top with my boobs hangin' out, and big ole spurs that I don't know how to use" teenie boppers would wear.


Oh, I wish it was only the teenie boppers that dressed like this around here! Gah. Where is the eye bleach?


Must check out the Lucchese Boot web site. To die for!

Yes. I will never wear anything else again! I have these, and they are even prettier in person than I expected:

http://www.grapevinehill.com/p-158287-lucchese-c2906-calfskin-leather-cowboy-boots-womens-saddle.aspx?CAWELAID=469678662

They also have them in brown with green, very pretty. And extremely comfortable once they've been broken in - the soles might wear out and need to be replaced, but those boots will last (near) forever!

MistyBlue
May. 17, 2011, 07:14 PM
My deepest apologies Coreene...I get the blonde nationalities mixed up. :)

Troxel makes an approved helmet/hat:
http://www.horseridingclothingandsaddle.com/horseridingclothingshop/img/3/718/1.jpg

Or you can go all out:
http://www.luxurylaunches.com/entry_images/0311/21/Michael-Jackson%27s-Swarovski-studded-riding-helmet.jpg

stryder
May. 17, 2011, 07:22 PM
Or you can go all out:
http://www.luxurylaunches.com/entry_images/0311/21/Michael-Jackson%27s-Swarovski-studded-riding-helmet.jpg[/QUOTE]

OMG - a blinged-out helmet worthy of Oliver's pimped-out saddle (and accessories).:yes::yes::yes:

SweetMutt
May. 17, 2011, 07:26 PM
I can't stand FatBabies. They look like boots that Real Housewives of (insert county of choice here) County or "I'm gonna go runnin' barrels in booty shorts, a tank top with my boobs hangin' out, and big ole spurs that I don't know how to use" teenie boppers would wear.


Thank you. I agree.

I'm sure someone out there can pull them off, but I just can't take them seriously.

I used to wear lace-up ropers. Looked great and didn't have to worry about calf fit.

Coreene
May. 17, 2011, 07:33 PM
ever ridden in clogs?
No, I have ridden in wooden shoes though. On a small pony that thought being ridden was no bueno and had me off 12 times in about 15 or 20 minutes, and then did the same with my brother. Who was no wearing wooden shoes.

When we were chillens, of course.

Coreene
May. 17, 2011, 07:35 PM
Or you can go all out:
http://www.luxurylaunches.com/entry_images/0311/21/Michael-Jackson%27s-Swarovski-studded-riding-helmet.jpg OMG - a blinged-out helmet worthy of Oliver's pimped-out saddle (and accessories).:yes::yes::yes:Have you seen the Hermes helmets?

Duuuuuuuuuuude. I nearly peed in my pants they are so fine.

They need to make a black western helmet that doesn't make a person look like a total arsehole. You know, that looks like a cowboy hat and not a spaceship.

TheCorralWesternWear
May. 17, 2011, 07:43 PM
Hello :)
I stumbled upon this site on google when searching for something else and saw the "help with fat calves question :)
I actually invested in a calf stretcher for the store and stretch a ton of boots that I sell no matter the brand :) I have had women order Lucchese boots and pay more for a custom fit when they could have just had me stretch their boots for free :no:
Anyhow, if you guys ever have any questions, I'd like to help the members out on the site.

I won't plug our website since I'm not an advertiser here but am more than willing to answer any questions anyone has on any brand and help you with fit/sizing and calf issues :)

I'm used to powerboat forums and am pretty aware of the software used on this one.

Cool site :cool:

MistyBlue
May. 17, 2011, 08:12 PM
Have you looked at the Troxel Cheyenne helmet?
http://www.lightningg.com/images/products/cheyenne_helmet.jpg
Or with pink:
http://troxelhelmetsonline.com/images/Troxel_Cheyenne_Helmet.jpg

About $130. Not a bad dealio.

Just checked out Hermes helmets.
Is this the one?
http://www.fashionphile.com/includes/images/CD10939/cd23513a.jpg
All the other images coming up on Google were the helmet Hermes actually wore...ya know with wings attached to it.
http://summer.agnesirwin.org/StudentWork/WebDesign_SS2010/Jamie%20Skeele/Pictures/hermes.jpg

That might work, but I'm not sure about replacing spurs with little wings on the feet. :winkgrin:

HydroPHILE
May. 18, 2011, 12:17 PM
FWIW: I wear a Troxel Cheyenne helmet while riding whether it be trails or around a ranch, and frankly - laugh if they might, but hey - who's gonna be laughing when I fall off a horse, etc.? :)

Coreene
May. 18, 2011, 01:37 PM
Misty, sadly there seem to be none of those Troxel western hats available, and I want one in a size large. Post TBI I can't even get on a dead horse without a helmet, and yet I would rather wear the approved cowboy hat than a helmety-looking helmet any day. My bling-a-ling Hobby Horse Vegas pimped tunic would be insulted by a helmety-looking helmet. :lol:

And yes I absolutely understand that the approved cowboy hat is just so ugly. ;)

2DogsFarm
May. 18, 2011, 01:48 PM
2DF, I cannot begin to tell you how jealous I am that you have a buckskin, for I absolutely love them. Any photos you can share? :yes:

Alas, I am technologically damned :no:
But if you check the old Giveaways from 11/09 you can find the thread where I found the Big Galoot - titled: 17h Australian Warmblood" - and I believe DressageGeek posted a pic there for the Giver... let me search...

mypaintwattie
May. 19, 2011, 03:25 AM
Chaaaaaps, Chaaaaps, Chaaaaaps, you need chaps to go with that smashing Hobby Horse Tunic! Besides, it's all for the pictures anyways so don't you want to match me????:lol:

SandyUHC
May. 19, 2011, 04:08 PM
Noooooooooo, I'm too laaaaate! I found these just por vous .. they come in red and tan too!

http://www.zappos.com/product/7762189/color/280573

Even better:

http://www.zappos.com/ariat-whoababy-coyote-brown-twilight

bluemoonfarms
May. 19, 2011, 05:37 PM
You might want these for after the show. :)

http://www.grapevinehill.com/p-162155-charlie-1-horse-i4701-ankle-boots-womens-lipstick-red.aspx?Brand=Lucchese&Category=Women's_Footwear&Subcategory1=Boots&CAWELAID=469678662&dynamic_nav=1&page=20&refer_url=p^158287^lucchese^c2906^calfskin^leather ^cowboy^boots^womens^saddle.aspx

Sonesta
May. 20, 2011, 10:40 AM
Me, I don't know why you don't just borrow a pair of Aunt Ester's custom cowboy boots. Didn't I read somewhere that you guys were the same size and could borrow each other's stuff?

P.S. can't wait to see the pictures.