These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

Sponsored giveaway.

When I first moved to Philadelphia in 1986, it wasn’t until I’d been here a couple of months that I felt comfortable enough to hit the town with a coworker. When we did, I got dressed up in my favorite outfit; a pink sweater that came down to my knees, khaki-colored pants that came down to mid-calf, and a beautiful pair of pink suede cowboy boots.

We went to a nightclub. The first one I’d ever been too. In downtown Philadelphia, in 1986, the weekend of Halloween. When I got up to the door with my incredibly sweet coworker, the bouncer said, “What are you dressed as? A nerd?”

Thus began the last twenty-five years of wearing black.

I would give nearly anything to have those boots back. They were SWEET, and they would totally match my hair. But I threw them away because they weren’t cool enough, and because I was an idiot at 18 years old.

Since then I’ve had a multitude of black boots, either cowboy (cheap imitations of cowboy boots, anyway) and a couple pairs of black motorcycle boots. Which I loved, but… they’ve never been those cowboy boots.

Luckily, I recently met the folks at Country Outfitter, and they were kind enough to offer to send me a pair of boots to fill that boot-shaped hole in my closet. They aren’t pink, but they are a gorgeous chocolate brown with pink and purple stitching, and I love them.

As does Cannie Belle, clearly.

But Country Outfitter isn’t just giving me a pair of boots – one of you folks is going to win a $150 gift card to Country Outfitter to get the boots you need to fill your own boot-shaped hole in your closet. How cool is that?

You’ll need to go here to enter to win by submitting your email address to enter. Country Outfitter will occasionally send you marketing messages. You are welcome to opt out at any time. For an additional entry please leave a comment below letting me know you entered. Must be a US Resident 18 years and older.

CountryOutfitter, a retailer of cowboy boots, sent me these Chocolate Puma Justin boots to review. I apologize to Country Outfitter for the title of this post which has probably been the title of 100 sponsored posts by bloggers, but it’s just too perfect to not use, right?

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  1. says

    I entered! I had some awesome black cowboy boots after college, and I *loved* them! They made me feel tough and strong and sexy and awesome!!

  2. Heather says

    Just entered! I don’t have any boots so this would be a nice addition to my small shoe closet.

  3. Alexicographer says

    I wasn’t going to enter, because I don’t, in fact, need me some boots. But I clicked on your link and those are some darn nice looking boots. And they have Ariats! See, I know my boots …

    So. I entered. There you have it.

  4. Kim H says

    Entered! I <3 boots ~ and it's a good thing, because I think it may be illegal for a native Texan to be without a pair or two in her closet. ;) I have seriously been lusting over your new boots for a couple of months. :) LOVE them.

  5. says

    I have a pair of Justin’s. They are ah-may-zing. I wear them all winter, and now they need new heels ’cause I walk funny. I should get them redone for myself for Christmas.

    Also, I entered, but with a different email than what is listed here. Hope that doesn’t screw everything up. :)

  6. says

    You do know those brown with purple stitching boots would match me/my hair/ME like they were made for me right?

    When was 15 one of the first things I ever purchased with my own paycheck (courtesy of Dairy Queen) was a pair of REAL white cowboy boots. They were my signature piece. I wore them in January, fashion etiquette rules about not wearing white from Labor Day to Memorial day be damned. I had them re-soled twice. The third time, when I was 22, the shoe repair shop said they couldn’t breathe any more life into those boots.

    It was the first time I felt an emotional attachment – and mourned – for an article of clothing.

    I feel a similar way right now to my size 5 clothes hiding for their lives in the back of my closet.

  7. Michelle says

    I entered. I got rid of my cowboy boots in my 20 s because I thought they weren’t cool so I feel your pain. :)

  8. Shelley says

    Entered!! I would love, love, love to win a pair of these boots! I love so many of them that I don’t even know what pair I would choose! They are all so pretty!

  9. Christa says

    I have recently been considering adding cowboy boots to my wardrobe, so I entered. These are super cute.

  10. Janice says

    I adore boots, but haven’t been able to afford any for years! If I win, I’ll wear those babies proudly!

  11. Kimmee says

    I had a sweet pair of White Cowboy boots. I wore them to the Billy Ray Cyrus Concert once and the next time someone made fun of them and I never wore them again. So I feel your Boot pain.

  12. Karen3848 says

    I’ve always been intimidated at the thought of wearing cowboy boots, but hey- new year coming up, new things to be tried!
    I entered the giveaway with my email address.

  13. says

    I entered, too. I still have some old cowboy boots I bought 20+ years ago; I can’t get them on, but keep hoping I could get them stretched.

  14. Paige says

    Entered. I always said once I got my bachelor’s degree I was going to get a pair of red cowboy boots, now that I have my master’s I think it is time to fulfill that wish!

  15. nancy says

    i entered i need new boots my old ones are falling apart. they are the best boots we have gone horse back riding in wyoming 5 times together. i need new ones to make some new memories

  16. Malia says

    I’ve lived in Nashville for 15 years and have yet to own a pair of cowboy boots. Also, I’m Texas born and partially raised (read: Air Force Brat). Boots have been on my ‘wish list’ for quite some time now. Here’s hoping…. :-)

  17. Christine says

    I am a city girl at heart, but since moving to the country 3 years ago feel an intense need to wear boots all the time. I’m like the little kid in the grocery store wearing pajamas and boots!

  18. jmd says

    I entered. I have never had a pair of “real” cowboy boots, being an East Coast girl, but would love to have a custom pair.

  19. says

    Entered with my email address, and now entering again ’cause Mama needs a new pair of (shoes) boots! Red, tall cowboy boots would be awesome.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

  20. Tiffany says

    I grew up in Kansas so of course I had 2 pairs of cowboy boots. The brown pair i LOVED but they never fit right – one boot was too small. Now that I live in Colorado I miss cowboy boots and would love a pair. We were in Breckenridge over the summer and I saw a beautiful pair of boots – I fell in love with them until I saw how much they were – $800!!! Oh boy I don’t love them so much anymore but they were pretty.

  21. Rachel W. says

    I entered! It’d be awesome to win this. I grew up in Oklahoma, but am living the city life nowadays. I miss so much about the country life, including the clothes!

  22. says

    This is a very cool giveaway. I would love to win cause I have a size 10 boot space in my closet that needs filled and after looking at the site, there were a few pairs I am thinking could maybe fit that hole;) thank you for the chance to win, I love the ones you picked Cecily!

  23. Susan says

    I love that you got a pair of boots out of this giveaway. =) Seriously. And I hope to have my own pair soon, too!

  24. Debbie says

    I entered for my daughter – she has been waiting for her feet to stop growing so she can buy a “real” pair of cowboy boots.

  25. car says

    I entered! I’ve never been brave enough to wear boots yet, but there’s a first time for everything. :)