The cowboy boot, along with the denim jacket and jeans, is one of the most iconic pieces of American style.
Associated with working cowboys of the West since the 1800s, this truly American accessory still has a place in modern fashion. From Ariat to Zara, retailers offer styles that remain a perennial favorite for men and women.
With country superstar Garth Brooks rolling into Lexington on Oct. 31 for four concerts over two days, you're sure to see many a fan sporting cowboy boots.
Wayne Musick, owner of The Boot Store in Nicholasville, will be ready to help them find the perfect look.
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His store has been a destination for Western wear and accessories for 30 years.
"When we first opened, Nicholasville Road was two lanes," he said. And he was there when Garth Brooks rolled through town a few years ago.
"I can remember when he was here in the '90s, it gave us a real shot in the arm," said Musick, whose store sells all the major brands of boots as well as handmade styles such as Rod Patrick and Jack Black.
"Jason Aldean and George Strait ... When the big names come to town people get new boots, a new hat, getting ready for the concert."
Ann-Michael Rawlings, owner of the Lexington boutique Calypso, has carried vintage or pre-owned cowboy boots for most of the store's seven years.
"They've been our niche," said Rawlings.
The boots have been such a hit that she'll offer styles for men and women at her new store called High Street Fly, scheduled to open this month at 887 East High Street.
"The older boots, I feel have a little more character," she explained. "The older they are the more unique they are. Typically you're not going to see them on anyone else's foot ever.
Customers also request unique colors such as red or turquoise, in addition to the typical brown or black.
No matter the color or design, throughout the years and changes in trends, cowboy boots remain a fashion staple.
"Different heels and toes go in and out like they do in contemporary clothing," said Musick of The Boot Store.
"Our clothing is not a costume, it's a lifestyle thing. Entertainers wear costumes," he said "We sell clothing that people wear."
More shopping news
■ The Stockyard Flea at 200 Lisle Industrial Road, off Leestown Road, will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Previous shows have featured antiques and collectibles, furniture, locally made jewelry and more. Check out the Stockyard Commons page on Facebook for more info.
■ Urban Outfitters at The Square at 401 West Main Street, will host a grand opening celebration 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The evening will include a live performance by the New York-based band DIIV and drinks by West Sixth Brewery.
■ Macy's at Fayette Mall will host a men's style event at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature fall fashions, discounts, refreshments and music.