Here’s the deal: I’m from the South. Save summers, I spent the first 22 years of my life residing in Tennessee. And yet, I didn’t own a pair of cowboy boots until I was 25. For shame. But since that trip to Austin three years ago when I finally indulged, the cowboy boots have been a staple part of my wardrobe. When I fall for something, I fall hard. I wear them with everything: sundresses, skinny jeans, short skirts and even cocktail attire. I don’t think I own anything else that is as versatile as these ol’ girls.
I frequently get asked how I pack lightly for various trips, and the answer is I very rarely take many shoes. I usually take a pair of running shoes, flip-flops, TOMS (which fold up compactly) and cowboy boots, which I wear on the plane. This saves packing space—and they’re so easy to slip on and off at the security line!—but it also ensures my feet are warm and comfortable in transit as planes are notoriously meat lockers. But a girl can never be too well stocked when it comes to cowboy boots.
Langston’s Western Wear sent me this snazzy pair of Ariat boots (the “Tombstone” model) so I could kick up my heels and test them out while I was exploring the Wild, Wild West. They arrived in Jackson Hole on the same day I did, which couldn’t have been more fitting as that town truly captures the essence of Cowboy Country. I love these bad boys because they’ve got a nice pop of color and go well with pretty much everything I own. (Blue, pink and purple are the dominant colors in my wardrobe.) As my other pair of kicks are a standard brown hue, I really wanted a dressier pair with a little bit more flash, and the Tombstones definitely qualify as such. Plus, I adore the fact that Langston’s is a family-owned company from Oklahoma who is so active in the social media realm (I’m sure this isn’t the first of their online giveaways you’ve come across!).
Though it was raining outside, I immediately cracked open the box, bent the boots in half (as I was instructed to do by Langston’s) and took them out for a night on the town. After all, we were off to the Jackson Hole Rodeo! Perfect venue for dirtying up my new boots (metaphorically…though it was quite wet and muddy at the fairgrounds). I fit in so well you wouldn’t know I wasn’t a local. Of course, being an obsessive jumper, the natural thing to do was see how high these guys can fly. High, I’m happy to say! I kind of remind myself of Woody the Cowboy in this shot.
(And just so you know, the Canadian tuxedo was added for dramatic effect and to pay homage to the fact that I was in Wyoming, a place where the Canadian tuxedo never goes out of style. I didn’t actually wear it out in public. Instead, the weather required my ski jacket and long johns! Though I do totally adore this stone-washed, Kelly Kapowski-esque denim jacket Gap sent me last year and get a lot of use out of…just not with, you know, jeans.)
I only packed one semi-nice dress for the rare dinner at a fancy restaurant, and lo, the boots matched it as well. Our last night in Jackson Hole, we dined at gamefish at Snake River Lodge, and I felt like I fit in among the other chic cowboys and cowgirls about town.
Are you totally jealous of my new boots? Well, guess what…now you can win your own kickin’ pair of Ariat boots, too. The lovely, generous folks at Langston’s Western Wear are giving away a pair to one Camels & Chocolate reader, winner’s choice. To enter, simply visit the Langston’s site and tell me in the comments below which pair of Ariats you would choose if you were to win the contest. Would you pick the Nitros? Or the Crossfire Calientes? Or maybe the Quickdraws are more your style?
For additional entries, you can:
1) Follow Langston’s on Twitter, and Tweet the following: “I’d love to win a pair of Ariat boots from @Langstons via @LunaticAtLarge’s giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/3l7ylzn”
3) Subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter. (Spoiler alert: Another newsletter-only giveaway to come later in June.)
As always, be sure and leave one additional comment per extra entry you’ve earned so I know to count all your added effort!
Those who don’t win can still enjoy free shipping through June 20 on any Langston’s Western Wear purchase with the coupon code CHOCOLATE. Langston’s also runs regular promos and killer specials on their Facebook page, Twitter feed and blog.
The contest is open until Friday, June 17 at 11:59pm EST. Happy playing, everyone!
Update: CONTEST CLOSED.
Random.org chose commenter Briel K. as the winner. Congratulations, Briel—I hope you enjoy your snazzy new pair of boots!