Who knew?


I’ve got a new style crush and it’s not a he or a she but… a boot. Yes, I’ve just found out that those funny western boots that are a bit like cowboy boots but without the cuban heel and pointy toe have got a proper name. My WhoWhatWearDaily.com newsletter tells me these beauties are called roper boots. And suddenly they’re everywhere.

Five reasons to love Roper boots:

1. They’re understated but when kicked about have that inherent cool quality that you don’t get from cowboy boots (too in-your-face) or biker boots (too this season).

2. They’re practical without being ugly and they’re a breeze to walk in, having originally been designed for rodeo events where running is as much a requirement as riding.

3. They’re a welcome change from Converse with jeans.

4. They fit in perfectly with my androgynous aesthetic.

5. They’re already available at Office (‘Foxy Horserider’ boots) for £85.

The downside? Everyone’s wearing them.

Pic: www.whowhatweardaily.com

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10 Responses to Who knew?

  1. susie_bubble says:

    Hmmm…I’ll have to give these the real-life visual test…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really thought that the western styles are no longer fashionable …

  3. V*Kstro says:

    “too in-your-face”… i’ve always found that it’s hard to pull off a particular look with any kind of w’s boots. they are so noticable and it always seems to me that the female who wears them is follwing a trend. I’m just realizing that it probably only applies to Miami. oh my, now i’m having a flashback on the ugg boots worn a couple a years ago… sorry, but i just could not bare to see anyone in those. i do like to see a nice thin heel/soft leather boot with minimal hardwear or some light design, which blends as a whole with the outfit.

  4. Allure says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been wanting a pair of those for ages.

  5. Blue Floppy Hat says:

    I’ve never been a fan of cowboy boots, but these look good. I don’t think I’d be inclined to try them, though- anything that features even the vaguest hint of cowboy-ness puts me off a bit.

  6. Chic and Charming says:

    I like the red ones, but I think I would probably invest in cowboy boots before roper boots, even if the trend is a little over.

  7. Diana @ So Fash'on says:

    I’ve been wearing them for 2 years now!

  8. discothequechic says:

    Reason Number 6? They remind me of my Dad’s lace ups!

    And thats a good thing..nostalgia!

    The ones that Lindsay Lohan and Rachel B are verging on cowboy a little too much for my liking (never trust someone who wears cowboy boots…sorry if you do!) but Kates are nicely clumpy and androgenous. Nice with dresses and long scarves.

  9. muze1990 says:

    Like them!! But you’re right, there everywhere now. Except here in Holland..soo maybe?!

  10. katie-lilga says:

    ah yes the trusty red foxy horseriders. i LOVE mine. i work in office though and people are continuously coming in and gawking and laughing at the red and blue ones, so much so that they’ve slashed the price. is it weird to feel sorry for a shoe?? meh.

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