Don’t Miss These Weird Austin Events in May 2014

Allens-Boots-Austin-storeOur Austin boots store may not be the weirdest place in town, but it’s got its quirks! Where else can you finds shelves of store-exclusive cowboy boots, antler chandeliers, friendly armadillo décor, and a man-cave of western wear? We can’t think of anyplace else, either. We love our hometown, and we like to keep tabs on all the summer happenings comin’ up. Weird and wonderful Austin is playing host to some great events this May, and we’ve rounded up some of the top contenders. Have a fun, weird month in Austin, y’all!

Old Pecan Street Festival – May 3-4 – FREE!

Ever an Austin classic, the Old Pecan Street Festival has been around for over 30 years. This two-day arts festival features local and national artisans, live music, a petting zoo, street magicians, and Austin food galore. Best of all, the festival raises money for many Austin-area nonprofits. So whether you want to snack on some Texas BBQ, shop for artisanal crafts, browse local artists’ wares, or listen to local bands play all day, the Old Pecan Street Festival is the place to be.

Catch the 2014 Pecan Street Festival on the first weekend in May, 11 AM-10 PM Saturday, and 11 AM-8 PM Sunday. For a full schedule and other fun, download the festival’s free app.

Austin Psych Fest – May 2-4 – Prices Vary

Carrying the torch for Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin Psych Fest 2014 features dozens of fantastic musicians for 3 days in May at Carson Creek Ranch. Headliners include the Dandy Warhols, Of Montreal, Panda Bear, Black Lips, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The War on Drugs. There are psychedelic light shows all weekend, 3 stages, and on-site camping.

Tickets for Austin Psych Fest range from $64.89 for a one-day pass to $263.68 for a weekend pass + deluxe upgrade. RV spots, camping rentals, and camping passes are also available.

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships – May 10 – FREE!

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Posted on April 24, 2014 by admin in Austin
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How to Save Your Denim: 3 Tricks to Longer Lasting Jeans

A great pair of jeans is like an old friend that you’ve been through unspeakable things with. It’s hard to let go, even when they’re in tatters and reaching the end of their life. And let’s face it: without that favorite pair of jeans, your beloved pair of cowboy boots would be quite lonely. That’s why it’s crucial to take care of your gorgeous new denim from day one. A quality pair of jeans can last a long time if you treat it the right way! While certain color washes and types of denim (like raw denim) require extra care, there are many lesser-known ways to protect your jeans and keep them looking and feeling new.

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1. Spot Cleaning Secrets

It’s no secret that jeans should only be washed about twice a year to preserve their color and structure, but if that’s the case, how do you clean slightly dirty jeans? A lesser-known trick used in the industry is to spot clean small spills and stains using glass cleaner. Simply spritz a small amount onto your jeans and dab gently until the stain is gone. For tougher spots like grass stains, small amounts of rubbing alcohol may be needed. If your jeans suffer from more than a small stain, but you’re still hesitant to throw them in the wash, try using scented hand soap to hand wash and spot clean your jeans. Plus, you get a pleasant smell as an added bonus.

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Posted on April 22, 2014 by admin in western wear
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Our Top 6 Favorite #AllensBoots Instagram Photos

If y’all aren’t following the Allens Boots Instagram yet, you’re missin’ out. Our Instagram isn’t reserved for selfies and photos of brunch (though we have posted a pic or two of some Austin BBQ spots). We use the Allens Boots Instagram to bring you regular updates from inside our Austin boots store and our favorite places around Austin. We post pics of new merchandise, store events, our most popular boots, western wear outfits, and we’ve even been known to tip y’all off about a sale or two. We also hold contests with prizes like a brand new pair of boots and tickets to Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet. It’s a lot of fun, and we love showing y’all what we’re up to.

The other thing we love about Instagram is that it lets us connect with our visitors. Allens gets customers from all over, everywhere from New York to California to Sweden to Sydney; and let’s not forget our fellow native Austinites. We love finding out what visitors have tried on, what they like about our store, and where they hail from.

To find out what y’all have been up to lately, we checked out the #AllensBoots hashtag on Instagram. Here are our top 6 favorite Instagram photos from visitors to our Austin boots store!

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Posted on April 17, 2014 by admin in Austin boots store
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The Best Cowgirl Boots for Summer 2014 Wedding Colors

From style ideas for South by Southwest to Gameday getups, we have an ensemble for every occasion on the Allens Boots Polyvore. Recently we checked into this year’s most popular wedding colors for summer 2014, and a few combinations inspired us to create Polyvore sets to match. If you or someone you know is planning a summer wedding and want to incorporate a little western cowgirl footwear into the mix, check ‘em out. Below you’ll find the best of soft green, sunshine yellow, bold coral, and navy blue. Wear these cowgirl boots with your own wedding gown, get them for your bridesmaids, or just use them as inspiration for your color palette!

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Neutral Greens for Wedding Style

For a splash of summertime color beneath a breezy wedding dress, don some sweet green Lucchese Classics. Using pale green as a centerpiece for your summer wedding color scheme gives you tons of options, so you can pair navy blue, neutral brown, gold, cream, and even blush with your main colors. These destroyed sage boots add a patterned kick and beautiful hues to a subdued look for an ensemble just right for summer.

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by admin in women's fashion
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The Facts About Cowboy Boot Care and Storage

boot-storage-and-careAre you the proud owner of a brand new pair of cowboy boots? We want to make sure that your boots remain looking clean and new for a long time, but for that to happen, you need to make sure that you’re storing your boots correctly. We’ve come up with a list of four ways to store your boots so they continue to look amazing.

1. Boot Inserts Are Your Friends

So you’ve decided to store your cowboy boots in the closet without a box? Good choice. There are two things you need to do in this case to keep your boots in pristine condition. First, make sure your boots are placed at the front of your closet versus the back, because when they’re toward the back, there’s a higher probability that they’ll get knocked over and that things will accidentally be placed on top of them.

The next thing that is essential to keeping your boots in tiptop shape is always using boot inserts. We strongly recommend using a cedar boot tree for the bottom of the boot, which will prevent the toes from curling up once the sole has been broken in. If this isn’t your first rodeo when it comes to owning a pair of cowboy boots and you’ve never used a cedar boot tree before, you might be wondering why you should start now. Take a look at your boots’ toes. Have you ever noticed that the toes on your favorite boots have started to flex upward, even when you aren’t wearing them? This is from prolonged storage without a boot tree, which makes the flexing more pronounced, and can eventually cause your boots to crack at the side of the toe box.

If you have a pair of tall boots, we also suggest investing in a boot shaper. This is because tall cowboy boots have a tendency to flop over when stored upright. Now, if you don’t want to spend the money on a new boot shaper, don’t worry; there are alternatives that you can use such as wine bottles or rolled up newspaper that will keep them standing tall.

2. Knit Storage Bags

If your boots are made of an exotic skin like python or elephant, they will usually come with a “boot sleeve.” It’s basically a knit bag of sorts that you can keep over your boots that will help keep dust from collecting on top of them. When you store your boots upright in a knit storage bag, you’re allowing any moisture from wearing them to dry out, plus letting the leather breathe so that they don’t mold or smell.

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Posted on April 10, 2014 by admin in cowboy boots
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Allens Closeout Boot Sale! 5 Closeout Boots You Can’t Miss

Who doesn’t love a good cowboy boot sale? Allens Boots knows that boot-lovers are always on the hunt for a good bargain, and we’re happy to oblige y’all. Allens Boots’ closeout boots are all the styles you have come to know and love, from brands like Lucchese and Ariat… and they’re the last in our stock and at a low price! Yup, our closeout boots are first-come, first-served, so get ‘em before they’re gone! Here are our 5 favorite pairs of closeout boots this week.

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1. Men’s Ariat Sport Brumby Boots in Rome Brown (#10011797)

These $99 Sport Brumby boots come from the Ariat Men’s Performance Collection, so you know they’ve got the comfort and design any serious boot-wearer needs. With an air mesh lining inside to keep your foot dry, to Ariat 4LR support technology in the sole, to a Duratread outsole with great traction, these closeout Ariat boots will support you all day with classic cowboy style. Full grain leather, an 11” shaft with a 5-row stitch pattern, and classic brown and burnt orange styling make these boots dependable and good-lookin’.

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Posted on April 3, 2014 by admin in cowboy boots
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Top 5 Favorite Ankle Boots for Spring 2014

While we recognize that it might not be warm for all y’all just yet (sorry, Minnesota), we’d like to get a jump on things and pull out our favorite ankle boots in preparation for springtime. Spring is the perfect time to break out a pair of ankle boots and embrace the warmer weather, since booties are a great match for spring skirts, dresses, and shorts. Whether spring is already in the air or you are simply planning ahead, read on and check out our top 5 favorite ankle boots for spring 2014.

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1. Women’s Old Gringo Castellana Boots Black #Ogbl1530-1

For a relaxed, comfy, classic look, stick with a pair of short Old Gringo Castellana ankle boots in black. With a distressed leather finish, subtle stitching, and a round toe, these boots are chilled out enough to pair with jeans or skirts, and nice enough to complement a spring dress.

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Posted on March 27, 2014 by admin in women's fashion
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How to Wear Men’s Dress Boots (with Suits, Slacks, and More)

Mens-Lucchese-Classics-Seville-Goat-Boots-Black-Cherry-L1505Fellas, we know the fashion world can to be hard to navigate, especially for those of y’all who like cowboy boots. Men’s boots are great for casual everyday wear, but what about special occasions? We know guys often ask: Can I wear cowboy boots with a suit? With slacks? To the office?

All are excellent questions, and today we’ll try and tackle them. If you’re lookin’ to blend in, follow the guidelines below for the perfect mix of western and everyday looks. If you’re a cowboy who doesn’t mind showin’ off, though, leave these rules at home and wear whatever you darn well please.

Choosing Men’s Dress Boots

When dressin’ up, start by choosing a quality pair of boots. You’ll want to stick with dark colors with little embellishment. That means leaning toward black or deep brown with minimal stitching, and steering clear of bright colors, patterns, or contrast welting on the outsole. Subtlety is the name of the game here. If you have a tried-and-true pair of boots for everyday or workin’ outside, leave those seasoned shoes in your closet and slip on something a little more polished.

When it comes to choosing a leather for men’s boots in this situation, opt for something subdued. You can’t go wrong with a pair of men’s boots made with dark calf or goat leather. If you want to go exotic, dark lizard, caiman, or ostrich are all good choices. Stay away from multi-colored python snakeskin.

Finally, pay attention to the toe shape. Pretty much anything is fine, but keep in mind that a pointed toe will be a more conspicuous than a square toe or round toe.

Pairing Your Pants with Dress Boots

When pairing men’s boots with pants, it’s all about fit and length. Straight-leg and boot cut jeans are best for pairing with cowboy boots. When it comes to length, make sure that the hem of your pants comes just to the shelf of the heel. The front of the hem should “stack” on the foot a little. If your pants are too long or too short to wear with your dress boots, get them altered or find a different pair.

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Posted on March 20, 2014 by admin in men's boots
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7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Austin, Texas

Don your green and grab yourself a pint, Austinites! St. Patrick’s Day 2014 is nearly upon us. What Austin lacks in significant Irish population it more than makes up for in enthusiasm on this, the luckiest of all holidays.

Not sure what to do in Austin for St. Patrick’s Day? Here are 7 ways to get the most out of your 2014 St. Patrick’s Day in Austin on Monday—whatever your fancy is!

 

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1. Fadó’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party

One of the most popular destinations downtown on St. Paddy’s Day is every Austinite’s favorite Irish pub: Fadó. The 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Fadó will shut down 4th Street for a gathering of drinks, food, live music, and general shenanigans. Tickets are cheap, so get ‘em before they’re gone.

2. Alamo Drafthouse St. Patrick’s Day Movies

Feeling a little funny? Head on over to your closest Alamo Drafthouse for a veritable buffet of laughs, libations, and excellent eats. The Alamo Drafthouses are an Austin original and a favorite for entertainment of all kinds. Sure, you could go see the latest new release and snack in the dark… but wouldn’t you rather laugh it up with Alamo? For a St. Paddy’s Day-themed good time, check out Master Pancake’s screenings of Leprechaun 2 and a Choose Your Own Pancake (so long as your movie is Ireland- or drinking-related) at the Ritz. Both feature commentary by comedian Doug Benson. For the full March calendar, click here and then navigate to the theater of your choice.

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Posted on March 12, 2014 by admin in Austin
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4 Unique Belts to Freshen Your Spring Style

The spring thaw is fast approaching, and that means a total change of wardrobe for many cowboys-at-heart who have been dying to get comfortable in their western wear all winter. All around us we’ll be seeing beautiful spring dresses and plaid shirts galore, and for those who are looking for a unique element to spruce up their western style this spring, Allens Boots presents one of our all-time favorites accessories: belts.

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While Independence Day is still a few months down the road, it’s never too early to get into the patriotic spirit with the 3-D USA Flag Belt. Whether paired with your favorite pair of denim jeans or stylishly sashed upon your waist with a light spring dress, this unique western accessory is a great way to make a statement.

For those whose style is less colorful and more on the sultry side, the black Brighton Autry Ranger Belt is studded with just the right amount of pizazz. With its high-quality black leather and detailed silver conchos, you can spice up your denim without introducing too much color into your outfit.

Another neutral-colored belt with distinctive zest is the Brighton Natives One Belt with bone accents. This brown leather belt is far from traditional, flaunting gorgeously-detailed silver conchos coupled with native beads for a different take on southern style.

If your style is more low-key, but you still want that little bit of flair, the Brighton Fenced In Belt might be the right match. It features a well-balanced mix of black and brown leather, providing that creative twist without shouting your style too loudly.

Posted on March 11, 2014 by admin in Accessories
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