5 Things to Consider When Buying Cowboy Boots

5 Different Boot MaterialsAt Allens Boots, we have customers of all types, some know exactly what they want while others need a little encouragement. For that second crowd, we decided to deliver a bit of a ‘buyer’s guide’ to cowboy boots. These are the factors we would consider if we had to go someplace we’d never been before to buy boots.

1. First Things First: Work and Fashion

There are two basic categories of cowboy boot: traditional and fashion. Your traditional boot is made to be durable, comfy, and stand up to most anything. The fashion boot is made to mix well with a variety of styles in your closet, usually a bit more urban than the traditional style used for work. Allens carries many types of boots that toe the line between traditional and fashion, but we also carry boots that are on either extreme. Continue Reading >

Ring in the New Year in Austin  

Allens_New-YearsIt’s almost time for the fireworks as we celebrate the opening of 2015 here in Bat City, and Allens Boots is encouraging our employees and customers to celebrate in style. We’ve put together a list of some of the best New Year’s events in town — and a couple of DIY party resources at the end. Let’s jump right in:

Willie Nelson Live at the Moody Theater

Doors open an hour and a half before the 8PM show, where you can hear one of the most iconic and award-laden musicians of our time — along with special guests Vintage Trouble — ring in the New Year like only he can. Alternately, if you already have NYE plans but don’t want to miss this, Nelson will be playing on the 30th as well, with Sturgill Simpson as guest. Moody Theater is home to a statue of Willie, who unveiled it at 4:20 PM on April 20th two years ago. The show is sold out, but a few dozen tickets remain available through StubHub.com for $150-$200. Continue Reading >

Posted on December 24, 2014 by admin in Austin
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Women’s Winter Western Fashion  

It’s the “cooler” season here in Austin, and while that might be laughable to those of you in Minneapolis or Chicago, it’s still reason enough for us to break out the sweaters and jeans again!

As you know Allens Boots is all about the cowgirl fashion, and this week we wanted to show you what us cowgirls wear when it drops below 70! We’ve got some fine ladies “Austin winter” fashion to complement our great selection of boots. Check these out and don’t forget to layer!

Women's Winter Fashion from Allens BootsScully’s Blue Denim Long-Sleeve

There is something distinctly American about deep blue denim that is faded from frequent use. This hard-working shirt by Scully takes that look and flips it sideways by deliberately fading the shoulders and sides (a wonderful slimming special effect, by the way) and leaving the elbows and wrists dark. This is a great shirt to wear with a contrasting color denim pant. Continue Reading >

Posted on December 18, 2014 by admin in women's fashion
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Allens Boots Holiday Gift Guide  

Christmas is coming, and it’s time for retailers to get their classics restocked and ready. The product list below made our holiday cut, not only because of their popularity, but also because they personify our Austin-cool-cowboy vibe! We think you’ll want to wear them long after the holiday season has past. Perhaps you’ll even find that special last minute gift you’ve been searching for! For this list we’ve also included accessories to stuff every stocking on your list!

For Women

Gift Ideas for Women


These fashion pieces are everything you’ve come to expect from Allens Boots! Our leather goods are cowgirl tough, but fashionable enough to pair with almost any look. The Heritage Western Boots by Ariat, is a perfect pair! The simple, classic design gives them cowgirl flair without any of the fringe or frills that often come with ‘girl boots.’ The belt is beaded by Double J Saddlery will make a statement with any ensamble!

The leather wallet could well last you the rest of your life if you treat it well! The native-inspired stitching is beautifully made and the interior has room for 15 cards, some change, some bills, and a little more besides.
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Posted on December 11, 2014 by admin in christmas gift ideas
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Celebrating the Holidays in Austin  

Christmas LightsHappy holidays, y’all! This is the best season of the year, and at Allens Boots, we love to celebrate in the capital city. The events below happen over the next few weeks and they are some of our cities classics! We hope you can join us:

The Trail of Lights:

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and head on down to Zilker Park to attend the Trail of lights. This is a long-running Austin tradition that’s been “keeping Austin lit” since 1965. The festival runs December 7th-21st and is open from 7:00pm to 10:00pm nightly. If you have special needs you can get there early at 6:15pm for accommodations.

It’s a heck of a lot more than just lights, too; every evening comes with its own live performance, from drama to music to comedy and much more! Every year on November 30th they light the magnificent Zilker Holiday Tree!

The Nutcracker:

Is there a more cherished holiday tradition than those mischievous mice and extraordinary ballerinas of Tchaikovsky’s the Nutcracker? This is Ballet Austin’s 52nd Annual Production, running from December 6th-December 23rd taking place at the Long Center. This year they are unveiling some new set designs and costumes plus many new magical moments to be enjoyed. If you haven’t experienced their production yet, make this year the one. The Long Center will welcome you, and you’ll want to do it again next year. Continue Reading >

Posted on December 4, 2014 by admin in Holidays
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New Inventory for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year, y’all — when all of the newest, best stuff hits the shelves all over the country. It happens with cars, it happens with blenders, and it happens with cowboy boots, too. So it’s time for Allens Boots to sneak you a peek at some of our fabulous new cowboy boots we’re going to be putting out there this holiday season.

Women’s Boots

Women's Holiday Boots

Ethnic Patterns by Corral
You’ve got to give it to Corral — they know how to name a boot in a way that tells you exactly what to expect. This beautiful boot looks like it could come from almost anywhere in the Southwest, and in almost any era. Anyone looking for a bit of Native flair should check it out! Continue Reading >

Posted on November 27, 2014 by admin in Holidays
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Southern Thanksgiving Recipes with a Twist

Thanksgiving Dinner TableWe’ve all been here before; Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning the biggest meal of the year. Everyone knows what to expect; stuffing, corn, sweet potatoes, salad, cranberries, and of course turkey. But what if you want to show off your Lone Star pride and serve up something with a Texas twist? Allens Boots would like to share a few of the things you could expect to find at our Thanksgiving tables this year:

Chipotle Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Because sweet is best when it’s savory, y’all. First, peel and cube a couple pounds of sweet potatoes, boil ‘em, mash ‘em, and throw in:

  • A couple tablespoons of butter
  • A half a cup-ish of sour cream
  • 6 slices of bacon (all crumbled up, natch)
  • A couple tablespoons of brown sugar
  • A cup of grated cheddar (as sharp as you like)
  • And a single chipotle chili in adobo, seeded and minced

Mix that up, salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle with minced toasted pecans right before you serve for a bit of crunch and the perfect round-out to the taste.

‘Right Proper’ Cornbread Stuffing

The pinnacle of the Texas stuffing experience! First, make (or buy) some cornbread — about a skilletful will do. Brown a pound of your favorite sausage (probably not maple breakfast sausage or chorizo). Then you’ll need:

  • A head of celery, minced
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, minced

And fry those together until the plant matter is soft. Then stir in:

  • The skilletful of cornbread (all crumbled up, natch)
  • 4 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons of fresh sage, minced. (Or 2 teaspoons of ground dried sage.)
  • 1 cup stock (made from the turkey giblets, of course!) or chicken broth.
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter.

Fold together until it looks like stuffing, and serve piping hot!

Cranberry Sauce with Spirit!

This starts with the predicable fresh cranberries — about 4 cups. Get a stock pot, and put the cranberries in with:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of port (oh yes)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Enough water to just barely cover the berries.

Cook the heck out of that, medium-high and stirring the whole time, until the cranberry skins split. Let the whole thing cool for a half-hour or so, and then pop it in a food processor or a high-end blender. Get it spinning and pour in a quarter-cup of orange liqueur. Once the cranberries are not quite pureed, pour the goop into an airtight storage whatsit, and chill overnight (and up to a week) before serving. That is, as they say, ‘the stuff.’

Give some thanks this Thanksgiving and perhaps celebrate with a Texas twist. And we want to say “thanks” for each and every one of you!

Posted on November 20, 2014 by admin in Thanksgiving Recipes
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Brand Spotlight: Old Gringo Boots

Allens Old Gringo boots

Old Gringo boots have been around for almost fifteen years, impressing everyone who sees them with their style and high quality. Led by the leatherworking experience of Emie Traut (the ‘Old Gringo’ himself), and guided by the design artistry of Yan Ferry (a European boot designer for more than 30 years), the 250+ designers, craftsman, and leather smiths of Old Gringo Boots turn out amazing designs that last for decades.

Old Gringo boots have a huge following because every boot they make stands apart from the plethora of generic boots on the market. Here are a few classic examples of what we’re talking about:

The Sora

The Sora is classic Texas cowgirl fashion; the strong black galaxia (read: ‘distressed leather’) finish says ‘hard’, but the beautiful flower embroidery gives the boot a soft feminine finish. A great ‘everything but the boardroom’ boot, the Sora looks great with blue jeans, black jeans, print skirts or dresses…and will for decades!

The Diego (in Turquoise)

You’d be hard pressed to find a woman’s boot that stands out quite like the Diego. The collision of copper-toned leather with the ‘copper in the seawater’ stitching is visually arresting, making it easy to pair the boot with a huge variety of clothes. Put them under a lapis belt and a russet skirt for a beautiful ensemble, or bust them out under crimson jeans and a cyan blouse for maximum effect.

The Porfirio

This men’s boot is made for kicking butt (in the metaphorical sense.) Black-on-black with subtle chocolate stitching, the Texas star is prominent on the toe medallion, but not overly in-your-face. Capable of blending in nicely with business casual or on-the-trail denim, the Porfirio is a great all-purpose boot.

The Frida

On the other end of the spectrum, the Frida is just as outspoken as the Porfirio is subtle, with a rusty look and stitching reminiscent of the fires of the underworld. The ‘wrinkly’ galaxia finish adds an electric vibe to the fire, coming together to suggest barely-contained power. Best paired with classic blue denim and a well-cut flannel, the Frida is a blue-collar boot for anyone that looks good in a cowboy hat.

Posted on November 13, 2014 by admin in old gringo boots
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2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Boots

Just a week after Halloween, the fun returns with Austin’s own Fun Fun Fun Fest. Four stages of performances, each themed so you can wander around for an eclectic mix or pick your favorite and jam all fest long.

  • The Black stage is the metal/rock stage, reaching its zenith with an appearance by Judas Priest, with awesome rockers like Blood Brothers, Twin Peaks, and Deafheaven as well.
  • The Blue stage features rap and hip-hop, with huge names like Ginuwine, Wiz Khalifa, and 2 Chainz headlining and acts like Thundercat and Run the Jewels rocking out beside
  • The Orange stage brings new meaning to the word ‘alternative,’ mixing and matching an astonishing array of acts from Yo La Tengo and Modest Mouse to Sun Kil Moon and This Will Destroy You.
  • The Yellow stage is the spoken art area, that swings from (ok, mostly) comedy to (a bit of) the instructional, informative, controversial, and bizarre. Come in Friday afternoon to see a completely improvised Ted Talk, Saturday morning for a professional Yoga class, or Sunday evening for the awesome comedy of Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash, Silicon Valley).Boots For Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Posted on November 6, 2014 by admin in women's boots
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Halloween Fun in Austin

Halloween Jack O' LanternsIt’s the spookiest time of the year and things are fixin’ to get weirder in the ATX. Allens Boots wants everyone to have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween, so we figured we’d put together a little to-do list for y’all to enjoy. Check these out!

The Thinkery’s Candy-Free Halloween Hootenanny

If you’re like a lot of modern parents, you might be worried a bit about your kid and the sugar rush that is All Hallow’s Eve. The Thinkery’s got your back; from 6-8:30 pm, they’re putting on some crazy science shows, having a costume parade, and food — oh, and they’re offering up a bit of beer and wine for the grown-ups along the way. What they don’t have is candy, so if you’re trying to keep your kid entertained on the tame side, this is the event for you.

Rock the Casbah at the Parish

If you’re not the children-having, trick-or-treating type, you may be a bit too young, or a bit too old. If your kids are spending Halloween on campus or with their significant others, you might be exactly the type who would love a rock-solid 80’s dance party. Show up at the Parish at 10PM Halloween night and get ready to rock your socks off, because the party won’t stop until around two in the morning.

Safe Halloween Trunk or Treat at Wells Branch Community Center

There are some folks who get scared around Halloween, and it’s nothing to do with ghouls or goblins, either. If the idea of walking your kids around a strange subdivision and knocking on unknown doors ain’t your cup of tea, come down to the Trunk or Treat, where your kids can safely trick-or-treat through a pile of like-minded folks, play some games, and even get their picture taken. It’s all free, too! Just be polite and bring some candy to hand out as well.

There is a lot more, of course — Bat City is a huge place, and there’s no way we could hope to catch it all. Have a safe and happy Halloween, and don’t forget to keep your comfy boots on!