Ever heard the line "these boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do," from one of Nancy Sinatra's one-hit-wonders? Boots are made to walk through snow, hike a mountain, horseback ride and much more, but in recent years, the entire spectrum of boots has made its way to the fashion page.
From combat boots to cowboy boots, teenage girls alike wear boots to school and social events for a comfortable, yet fashionable flare.
Probably the most common boot worn by girls in the upper school is the classic Harness Frye Boot. Sold at $268 on the official Frye website, these boots can be found just about anywhere at a tight range of prices including $258 at Macy's and $208 on amazon.com.
"I like tall leather boots just because of the feel and the way they look," Maddie Robinson ('16) said.
Another common unisex boot is the combat boot. Initially military boots, they were designed to be worn by soldiers during combat or combat training, therefore, they provide a combination of grip, ankle stability and foot protection suitable to a rugged environment. While this is the description of modern day military boots, fashion combat boots are less formally engineered and more feminine in appearance. Major fashion designers, such as Steve Madden, have begun to produce new lines featuring the leathery footwear.
Of course, how could this go on without mere mention of the ever-so-familiar cowboy boot. During the 16th century, cowboy boots were influenced by the vaquero tradition, which was imported from Spain to the Americas. They soon became the work shoes for cattle drivers in Texas and Oklahoma. Eventually these riding boots evolved to the equestrian boots seen today, ranging from simple and conservative to lacy and brilliant.
Cowboy boots sold at Country Outfitter range from below $100 to over $200, and carry brands like Frye, Justin, Durango and Ariat.
"A lot of things have strayed from its original use, and it's a sense of fashion," Jack Fishwick ('16) said.