Top 5 Men’s Cowboy Boots for Fall

The first day of fall is September 23, and it won’t be long before the green turns orange and we start seeing pumpkins for carving and eating. It’s a man’s job to stay on top of his wardrobe as the seasons change, naturally, but we at Allens Boots thought we might help with some of our best autumn men’s cowboy boots.Men's Cowboy Boots for Fall Season

Men’s Ariat Heritage Roughstock Boots

The thing about men’s cowboy boots (and let’s be honest) is that they come in two basic kinds; the in-your-face, larger-than-life kind, and the classic, timeless kind that seem made to blend in. It’s hard to find a boot that rides the line and makes a statement without bordering on zany. The Ariat Heritage Roughstock boots do the job. By skipping out on the pull tabs and instead opting for a quartet of red-edged gripping rings, these otherwise-classic boots say ‘fall’ without screaming it. Continue Reading >

Best Historic Dance Halls in Texas

Allens_State-of-TexasTexas is famous for a lot of things — so many that dancing can get lost in the crowd of Lone Star favorites. But the Texas Two-step, the Western Swing, the Texas Tommy, Kicker Dancing, and several other not-quite-as-famous dances have their roots right here in Texas. And right along with all those famous dances, we’re certain that Texas offers up the best boots for dancing, the best music to dance to, and some of the best dance halls for dancing in, too. Here are some of our favorites:

The Broken Spoke

We have to start here because it’s in our hometown and we’re Austin proud, y’all. The Broken Spoke is more than 50 years old and has had guests like Clint Eastwood to Queen Elizabeth II. It’s one of the original honky-tonks, and it is an absolutely vital visit for anyone who comes to Austin for the music scene.

Gruene Hall

The oldest dance hall in Texas (arguably), and definitely the only dance hall to survive its hometown turning into a genuine ghost town and then re-emerging from the ashes like a proud Texan phoenix, Gruene Hall is a ‘must-play’ venue. Even bands that aren’t headed to nearby San Antonio go out of their way to play Gruene Hall, which packs in the crowds even though they refuse to install air conditioning.

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Smack dab in the middle of downtown Houston is Texas’ self-proclaimed largest LGBTQ country-western club. It’s a classic venue, once home to Willie Nelson, today updated to embrace every kind of boot-scooting boogier.

Billy Bob’s Texas

So we’ve seen one of the original honky-tonks, now witness one of the largest in the world. Complete with classic extras like bull riding, big-name headliners, and an in-house full-scale restaurant, BBT is the consummate urban cowboy destination. At a whopping 127,000 square feet, everything really is bigger in Billy Bob’s Texas.

John T. Floore’s Country Store

Wait — ain’t this a list of dance halls? What’s a store doing here? What if we told you that John T. Floore’s has been the venue for Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, and many more big name stars? Even today, there are still big-time and soon-to-be-big-time musicians that pack the outdoor patio on any given summer weekend. If you’re in Helotes, stop by, grab a tamale, and enjoy a dance!

 

 

 

Top 5 Women’s Cowboy Boots for Fall

Fall starts on the 23rd of September — which means you’ve got less than a month to get your wardrobe ready, cowgirls. Allens Boots has some incredible belts and clutches handy for you to accessorize with, but boots are what we do best, naturally. These are some of our favorite women’s cowboy boots of the season, y’all: check ‘em out!Favorite Fall Boots for Women at Allens

Women’s Old Gringo Nadia Boots

They call these boots ‘furia snow’ — which is Old Gringo lingo for ‘amazing pale color almost unique among boots.’ These boots look like brocaded storm clouds. With subtle piping and pull straps, there’s little to interrupt the gorgeous patterns of these rugged little beauties. Pair them with any of those black miniskirts for a night out or a classy grey work ensemble and you’ll see why we love them! Continue Reading >

Austin Labor Day Weekend Fun

Allens-Boots_Austin-SkylineAllens Boots is having a sale over Labor Day, but that’s hardly news. We celebrate all of the time; it’s part of our nature, and we like to encourage other people to have some fun, too. That’s why we’ve put together some ideas for fun stuff y’all can do to make this Labor Day weekend in Austin a weekend to remember. Check it out:

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Come enjoy more than 400 unique craft brews this Labor Day with Brewmasters and Moody Gardens! Galveston Island is hosting this fun and informative beer bash that features a host of events starting at 7pm on Friday the 29th and keeping you busy until 10pm on Sunday. Each of the several events has its own tickets, most of which come in at under three dollars per person. Needless to say, those under 21 need not apply. Continue Reading >

Posted on August 28, 2014 by admin in Austin
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Allens Exclusives: Boots You Can’t Find Anywhere Else!

Here at Allens Boots, we’re all about originality—and we’re talkin’ more than just choosin’ the best boots for your personality.

Allens Boots designs boot styles specifically with the Lucchese and Old Gringo brands to create one-of-a-kind cowboy boots you’ll only find in our stores. For our Lucchese Exclusives, that means we pick the leather, the stitch pattern, the toe and/or heel style, thread color, and more. (Essentially, we’re designing the boot from scratch!) For Old Gringo boots, we start with their basic design and make it our own! We pick an existing style or design and change the leather, thread color, and/or toe/heel style.

Want to pick up a pair of your own? We’ve got dozens in-stores and online. Here are some of our favorites:Allens_Allens-Exclusives Continue Reading >

Posted on August 21, 2014 by admin in cowboy boots
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Austin after Dark: Our Favorite Summer Austin Nightlife Spots

Austin Skyline Reflection On Lady Bird LakeYou don’t need to know much about Austin to know we’ve got some of the best nightlife in Texas. What some folks don’t know, though, is that there’s way more to goin’ out on the town than hittin’ 6th Street. Austin neighborhoods of all kinds play host to a good time; so put on your boots and head out for a fun night. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit when the sun goes down.

Rainey Street

Just a scant decade ago, Rainey Street was a purely residential area; which is why today, so many of the watering holes on the lane look like mid-century bungalows or modern ranch homes! Banger’s Sausage House, Javelina, the Blackheart, and more commingle with buildings that still serve as residences for a few Austinites. There are lots of places you can walk down the street and find a few bars, but none as diverse as Rainey Street. Continue Reading >

Posted on August 19, 2014 by admin in Austin
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5 Back-to-School Gameday Looks We Love

College football season is right around the corner, and it’s time to get geared up to support your favorite team! Check out some of our fabulous Polyvore sets designed to put your alma mater (or just your favorite college team) front and center with Gameday boots and matching ensembles.

Gameday boots are high-quality cowboy boots that are officially licensed and represent over 90 different colleges (adding more all the time!) from around the country. They are the most comfortable collegiate boots you will find on the market.

Now, let’s check out the fun:

University of Arkansas Razorbacks

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Rock it for the Razorbacks with a black miniskirt from Madewell and ‘Heartthrob red’ silk-and-cashmere cardigan from DNKY. Accessorized with a cute tassel clutch from Cut N’ Paste, a black fedora with a classy flower accent from Tilly’s, and some red bauble jewelry, this outfit looks thrifty chic over a pair of Razorbacks Gameday boots from Allens Boots.

University of Texas Longhorns

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When the big game for UT rolls around, show your spirit with flair. This sassy Hobbs Isabel dress will form the perfect backdrop for the stunning white leather Longhorns purse from Allens Boots; with a pair of Old Gringo Lylah-style boots in chocolate and mango complimenting the ensemble in style.

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5 of Allens’ Fanciest Lucchese Boots

The first Lucchese boots were made for the soldiers who trained at the U.S. Cavalry School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Brothers Joseph, Michael, and Salvatore Lucchese made their boots first by hand, and later with the help of an inseaming machine. Lucchese custom-made cowboy boots and dress shoes were extremely popular in the 1940s and 50s; Lucchese boots appeared on famous feet such as Bing Crosby’s and Lyndon B. Johnson’s.

Though the company has relocated to El Paso, they brought along their reputation for exceptional hand-made boots and continue to produce the same level of extraordinary goods today. Lucchese boots range in style from simple classics to high-end leathers and embellishments. And while we’re fans of a classic, simple cowboy boot, it doesn’t hurt to take a gander at the fancy ones. Got plenty of dough? Check out our top 5 fanciest Lucchese boots.

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Women’s Lucchese Ostrich Boots

Ostrich skin is one of the most popular ‘exotic’ skins on the market, due in no small part to the fact that it is quite a bit stronger than cow leather. These black ostrich boots are beautiful and can stand up to almost any workload and almost any social occasion. Continue Reading >

Brand Spotlight: Double J Saddlery

Black Arrow Double J Saddlery BeltYoakum, Texas is a town rich with leather history. Positioned on one of the feeder trails used by cattle wranglers to get their herds to the famous Chisholm Trail that led from Texas to Kentucky, it did not take long for local entrepreneurs to turn to leather as a commodity. From tanning to saddle making, the Yoakum leather workers have evolved with the times.

Today, one of the hills on the edge of town is locally known as “Boot Hill,” and it is in this hundred-year-plus tradition of handcrafted leatherwork that the Double J Saddlery brand crafts its amazing saddles, belts, and other leatherworks. Double J has more than 25 years of experience in the business, with three generations of the DeBord family invested in the company’s quality products.

What are those products? A huge variety of leather goods that range from tack and handbags to handmade Bible covers and of course, belts. Everything Double J crafts is made by hand in its workshop in Yoakum. Double J Saddlery belts are made with care using the same patterns, but no two of them are entirely identical. That’s because the company focuses on artisanship, turning great-looking leather into a top-tier product with a dedication to the craft and attention to detail. Continue Reading >

Posted on August 7, 2014 by admin in Accessories
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Tips for Camping in Austin, Texas

186797745-Austin-camping-tentAustin is famous for a lot of things: live music, being weird, home-brewed beer, and most recently the Renegade Craft Fair. But not that many people think of Austin when they think, “Hey, let’s go camping!” And that’s a real shame, y’all. There are dozens of top-tier camping opportunities near the Live Music Capital of the World.

Places to Camp near Austin

While there are plenty of places y’all can camp and enjoy the great outdoors, here are a few perennial favorites.

McKinney Falls State Park offers plenty of camping sites, from ones that are nothin’ but nature to sites with running water and screen doors. The park is also home to ‘Old Baldy’, one of the oldest cypress trees in the State.

Sandy Creek Park on the shores of Lake Travis offers beautiful sites and a serene environment away from most of the boat traffic.

Cedar Breaks Park features campsites with both water and electricity at a very reasonable price, along with beautiful views of Lake Georgetown.

Lockhart State Park has some sites with water, and others that offer picnic tables, water, electricity and restroom facilities — along with the only staff-operated golf course in the Texas state park system.

Wildlife

Camping around Austin is all about proper prior preparation. While you don’t have to worry about bears or cougars in the area, there are plenty of raccoons, armadillos, and other little critters that might disturb you if you’re foolish with your food. Bring along something to tie your food up between a couple of trees with — or at the very least to seal away the smell if you’re planning on keeping it in your tent with you.

The wild areas near Austin have several different versions of ‘thorny weed’ that can get caught in your socks or pant legs. There are also several varieties of venomous snake in the area, so be sure to pack your cowboy boots and keep them on whenever you’re out camping.

Gear: To Buy or Rent?

Camping gear is a major rental market these days, and for good reason: it can get awfully expensive! Plus, if you’re only going to camp every few years, it’s often worth it to spend 1/4 of the money to rent your gear (and not have to find a place to keep it!). If you’re looking for places to rent camping gear in Austin, check out REI or Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance.

If you’re camping even once a season on average, purchasing is the better choice. If you’re a once-in-a-while camper, consider taking a middle path; purchase the smaller, more home-useful items like a portable gas grill (great for power outages), and a camper’s first aid kit (to be ready in the car trunk for emergencies), and rent the tent, sleeping bags, and mats.

Enjoy Your Trip!

Down here in Austin, we are fortunate to have such stunning landscapes and plenty of places to go and appreciate them. So pack up your family, friends, and gear (or rent it) and go explore the beauty of Central Texas.

Posted on August 1, 2014 by admin in Austin
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