Living in Texas, there are many occasions to wear cowboy boots. Noooo, not to wear as I jump on my horse and ride to work or to the grocery store, as the movies would have you believe… But we have Western-themed cocktail parties and weddings all the time. Plus, cowboy boots are cute to throw on with cutoffs and a swimsuit in the summer months. I like high quality clothing and shoes, and when I went vegan I was– for a moment– stumped on where to find nice vegan cowboy boots. A lot of the ones I saw had a shiny, plastic-ish sheen to them; my inner fashion snob said “NOPE.” Then, at a vegan event, I met a woman named Kat Mendenhall. A custom boot maker, she offers the first non-leather, Texas-style, handmade cowboy boots! Her offerings are constantly evolving, but check out her current selections HERE.
My Kat Mendenhall favorite? The “Shickster” is currently on my wish list:
So, it must be said: cowboy boots aren’t cheap. They are more of an investment piece. If you don’t think you’ll get a lot of wear of a pair of boots but want to have some (affordable ones) on hand, understandable. I want to take care of my fashionistas on a budget, too, so while I think that no vegan leather cowboy boots quite compare to Kat’s, my “cute boots for less” list is below. Enjoy!