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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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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