One of the best things about living in Houston is that you can walk around in cowboy boots, checked shirt and cowboy hat and no one gives you a second look. For those of us that have a secret hankering to ride a horse like the Man from Snowy River or Unforgiven, face a bull eye to eye and two-step around the dance-floor in worn leather boots – we get to actually live out our western fantasies for real in Texas and Rodeo time in Houston is the perfect event to help find your inner cowboy or cowgirl.
Must have attire includes boots, hat(tan for Summer, black for winter), a plaid snap button shirt, jeans, belt and buckle. Why is it that guys look so good in western wear? Ask any girl and they’ll admit they love the cowboy getup and guys don’t need much more than boots,hat and a shirt to look the part. Girls can style up their western boots with a cute summer dress, fur vests and add some bling on jeans, belts or jewelry accessories. Turquoise is a popular color to incorporate with a statement necklace, earings or wrist cuff. Big Texas hair and bright colored lips are optional!
The more authentic the clothing the better and it’s worth paying for some beautiful hand made boots, but much of your urban cowboy getup can be sourced from second hand shops and high street retailers too. Trust us, getting your perfect Rodeo outfit takes some time and sourcing, but is lots of fun and slightly addictive.
We have listed some of our favorite shops in Houston to get your Urban Cowboy On and wear it proudly.
Cavenders Boot City – SW 610 loop, Katy FW I-10W, I-10E, 290 NW, 45 South, FM1960 W
Family owned Cavenders is one of the largest western clothing stores in the US with 46 of its 50 stores located in Texas. Stocking some of the biggest brands in western wear, it is a great place to start your western wardrobe with reasonably prices boots, helpful staff and a wide selection of old-school and current trends in western wear. In Houston there are 6 stores located on the feeder roads of its main freeways so you shouldn’t have to go too far to find one. http://www.cavenders.com/
Texas Junk Company – 215 Welch St, Montrose
Texas Junk is a store like no other and an institution in Houston. Tucked away in Montrose proper and open only specific hours for 2 days a week, it can be an effort to get there, but you’ll be rewarded when you do with rows and rows of its famous second-hand boots for all ages and sizes from $30. Even if you have an expensive new pair of designer boots you almost have to have a pair of Texas Junk used boots in your wardrobe, all nicely worn in for you and with a story to tell. With a treasure trove of hundreds of other western and Texas items you could spend hours in here and it’s a must to add to your tour of Houston for visitors – just as long as they’re here Fridays & Saturdays and when Bob is not taking time off looking for the next batch of old boots. Check open hours before heading down. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Junk-Company/149390095103924?sk=wall
Pinto Ranch – 1717 Post Oak Blvd, Galleria
Known for its collection of fine, hand made western wear, Pinto Ranch stores exclusive brands of boots and the real-deal western must haves for a true Texan cowboy. So prices are a bit higher than Cavenders but you are paying for authentic hand made pieces that will last you for years and great service. Its convenient location in the Galleria makes it an easy stop for tourists and it’s a beautiful store to wander around. http://www.pintoranch.com/
Tejas Boots – 208 Westheimer Rd, Montrose
Buy your custom made boots from George Bush Snr’s western store of choice in an understated shopfront in Montrose. You will need the credit card but if you really love boots and want a pair like no other, made from the finest leather & exotics these boots are sure to last you forever. Boots, buckles and other leather items are hand made to order. A great place to get boots repaired – including your buys from Texas Junk Co. if needed. http://www.tejascustomboots.com/
Leopard Lounge Clothing Exchange – 1637 Westheimer Rd, Montrose
Fantastic boutique of second hand gems from all era’s. Hunt through the racks to find some western treasures including shirts, vests and jeans. A few belts, boots and accessories are in stock if you’re lucky to find your size.
Urban Western Houston – 550A Heights Blvd, The Heights
A recent addition to the Houston western clothing scene, Urban Western Houston stocks current labels and trends at reasonable prices. Just moved to a new, more convenient location in The Heights ready for Rodeo time. Has a small range of boots too. http://www.urbanwesternhouston.com/
Online places to shop western wear include: Sheplers, Zappos, The Frye Company(celebrity choice boots), Lane Boots(beautiful boots with signature turquoise sole), Allens Boots(Austin), Urban Western Wear, Cowboy Outfitters, PFI Western, Boot Barn and Vintage Western Wear.
Retail stores which usually have western clothing on trend include Urban Outfitters, Gap, J Crew and second-hand stuff at Buffalo Exchange.