Brand Spotlight: Frye Boots and the American Spirit  

Allens_Frye-BootsSince 1863, the Frye boot company has captured the spirit of Americana and maintained classic styles that represent the traditions of America’s Western history. Soldiers in the Spanish-American War and the Civil War wore Frye boots, not to mention Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Thousands of American soldiers during World War II also sported Frye’s Jet Boots, and The Smithsonian Institute holds a pair of Frye’s Campus Boots to represent 1960s America.

Today, Frye’s Harness Boots are the staple for their current style, walking down runways internationally. Frye Harness Boots have proven to be a staple in modern fashion. So what makes Frye boots so iconic in American culture? Check out the men’s and women’s styles and see for yourself how Frye masters traditional and fashionable footwear. Continue Reading >

Posted on April 23, 2015 by admin in frye boots
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Five Celebrities Who Love Their Boots  

mens-black-chocolate-belted-harness-12r-87250.5.2366x1741Who says cowboy boots are resigned to the ranch? Fashionable cowboy boots have certainly found a home in Hollywood wardrobes over the years and picked up some diehard devotees along the way. To start living the look, we’ve compiled some of our favorite cowboy boot-wearing celebrity outfits.

1. Chelsea Clinton appeared this January at the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action event in Palm Springs, CA. A casual look that can handle any indoor and outdoor activity, Clinton looks both stylish and comfortable.

2. Kendall Jenner has graced the runways of Paris and New York but when it comes to her personal style, you’ll see her sporting cowboy boots. Taken from last year’s Coachella, Jenner plays it breezy and cool in a pair of cracked goat leather boots.

3. Miley Cyrus has definitely changed her look since her Hannah Montana days but she still can’t shake her Nashville roots. Cyrus has been known to sport a Frye 12R Engineer boot among others.

4. Hayden Panettiere‘s role as Juliette Barnes on Nashville has her dressing the part of a country singer almost every week. But some of that Southern swag must have rubbed off – the star is often spotted wearing a classic mid-calf cowboy boot.

5. Hilary Duff‘s Texan heritage shines bright in her boot choices. With some suede fringe booties and a tanned leather jacket, Duff would look right at home in our store on South Congress Avenue.

Have another celebrity whose Western look you love? Think you know a better way to bring cowboys into your wardrobe? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Posted on April 9, 2015 by admin in country fashion
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Austin SXSW: What to Wear This Year

mens-black-evergreen-klak-m1300-13-snip.62576.1.2759x1941Things always get interesting around our neck of the woods every March. South By South West, also known as SXSW, rolls into town. Thousands of visitors from across the world come to Austin to celebrate innovative technology, world-class films, and the hottest up-and-coming musical acts.

Are you an out-of-towner looking for stylish clothes to blend in with the locals? Or are you a local trying to make sure you rep the Great State of Texas in brand new threads? Below is a list of our top picks of our latest inventory to make sure you’re the best dressed at SXSW.  Continue Reading >

Posted on March 13, 2015 by admin in sxsw
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Brand Spotlight: Ariat Boots

Three Ariat BootsAriat has become one of the most popular brands in both the United States and Europe. The company designs and manufactures boots, apparel, and accessories meticulously created for ranch work, western riding, English equestrians, and polo players. The brand even sponsors numerous equestrian events and athletes ranging from world-champion bullriders to Olympic show jumpers. Here at Allens Boots we pride ourselves on our extensive offering of first-class Ariat boots and accessories. Below is a list of our favorite Ariat boots we’re excited to offer in-store and online. Continue Reading >

Posted on March 11, 2015 by admin in ariat boots
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FAQs About Cowboy Boot Fit

How To Fit BootsBuying a cowboy boot is like no other shoe shopping experience. The right pair of boots are practical, fashionable, and can last a lifetime. A pair of cowboy boots aren’t just a fashion statement; they’re an investment. To help you find the perfect pair, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions our customers ask about cowboy boot fit, whether they’re shopping online or in the store: Continue Reading >

Posted on February 26, 2015 by admin in Boots
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Brand Spotlight: Lucchese Boots

Allens_LBJ-FootWhen the Lucchese Family left their home in Palermo, Italy to journey to Texas in 1880, little did they know that their legacy would not only shape the shoe industry as we know it, but the great state of Texas as well.

After finally settling in San Antonio, the Lucchese clan founded Lucchese Bros. Boots and Shoes, a shoe company dedicated to making the finest leather boots and goods for the military officers at nearby Fort Sam Houston. As soldiers disbanded from the fort and returned to different parts of the country, word spread of Lucchese’s fine craftsmanship.

Over 135 years later, the one-of-a-kind Lucchese Boots design is unrivaled. Now based in El Paso, Lucchese Boots leads the fashion world in both design and clientele. The company boasts a celebrity fan base that spans decades and includes Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, President George H.W. Bush, and Beyoncé. The brand has become a Texas institution, known and respected the world over. Continue Reading >

Posted on February 5, 2015 by admin in lucchese
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How Suede Boot Care Is Different Than Exotic Skin or Leather Boot Care  

Allens_How-To-CleanSuede boots have a few more early requirements for their care than other types of boots, but that shouldn’t deter you from buying them! In fact, we support the purchase of all types of boots for your wardrobe, especially suede. Suede boots are not only stylish, and go with most everything, but they are also long-lasting. Here we consider their care alongside the care of other types of boots we carry.

Suede Boots

Suede boot care differs from other types of boot care in that they need to be treated with a non-silicone water and stain protector when you first buy them. This helps protect them right from the start, from the things they are more susceptible to, such as water and mold. Suede boots are more sensitive to water than traditional leather or exotic leather boots and will need brushing to restore the nap if they get wet. On rainy days, go with your more traditional cowhide pair, and you won’t have to worry so much. Continue Reading >

Posted on January 29, 2015 by admin in cowboy boots
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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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