You know that Nancy Sinatra song, “These Boots are Made for Walking”?
(Admit it – that song just totally played in your mind. And now it’s probably stuck there. Sorry for that.)
That song has meaning for me and it has to do with my name. There’s this long story about how I got my name that I’ve probably told a million times over. I really don’t mind telling it because it is an unusual name but I’ll give you the abridged version.
Someone: Hey Fadra, how did you get a name like that?
Me: My mom gave it to me.
(Once I realize they didn’t get the joke, I continue on)
Me: Actually, my mom heard it in a really bad song in the 70s by Nancy Sinatra.
(It’s actually a song from the 60s but I don’t want people to think I’m that old).
Someone: Oh, was it “These Boots Are Made for Walking”?
Then I look at them incredulously and wonder if they’ve ever actually listened to the lyrics of that song and heard anything even close to resembling my name. Or if it ever occurred to them that Nancy Sinatra may have actually sung more than one song in her brief but illustrious career.
Instead, I simply correct them and tell them that no, it was actually a duet by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood called “Some Velvet Morning.”
Which actually turns out to be even worse.
I’m pretty sure that Nancy was probably talking about white go-go boots in her song and not cowboy boots but either way, if my feet are in boots, I’m going to be walking.
That’s exactly what happened when I had the opportunity to review a pair of cowboy boots from CountryOutfitter.com. I know you’ve heard of them because their ads are all over the internet. Some people call them annoying. I call them effective. Here’s why.
When I started seeing some ads and giveaways pop up a lot, I thought that maybe I should check out some cowboy boots. My dad always wore them growing up. I never thought to ask him why but the memory of his boots gave me a sort of affinity for them that I had never explored.
And then I fell in love.
I saw this pair of Women’s Distressed Black Lizard Inlay Boots by Corral and I knew I had to make them mine.
I entered every giveaway I saw. I put it on my holiday gift guide as a hint (or nudge) for my husband. And then the heavens parted and CountryOutfitter asked me if I’d like to review a pair of their boots.
In order to be thorough, I checked almost all the boots on the site and realized what CountryOutfitter was all about. They don’t sell their own boots. They sell all different brands of boots, with all different styles and fits.
Still, I couldn’t take my eyes off of those Corral boots. So I went for it. Luckily, CountryOutfitter was really helpful in making recommendations based on comfort and fit. Turns out that Corral boots tend to run narrow and so for my fat little feet, I waited the extra month or so to get these boots in a wide width.
Some people will even tell you to order a half size up but I found the size 7 was pretty true to fit. I definitely needed the wide so I’m glad I was given the heads up on that.
When they arrived, they truly were a thing of beauty. The animal lover in me didn’t want to think about the leather and the lizards that went into making these boots. So I chose to just enjoy the workmanship that went into the detailed design. They were everything I was hoping they would be.
But were they comfortable? No review of shoes would be complete without putting them to the test. So I took my country kickers all the way to New York City (NOO YORK CITEE!) and here’s how they held up.
They were surprisingly comfortable but I need to give you a little caution.
COWBOY BOOTS DON’T FIT LIKE ANY OTHER BOOT YOU’VE WORN.
I had to google this to make sure my boots fit correctly.
- The boots should fit snugly around your arch. You can expect the leather to stretch a little but this is wear the support is coming from.
- You can expect your boot to fit loosely around the heel. In fact, your heel will rise in the boot as you walk. It’s supposed to do this!
- Don’t buy a boot based on looks. Buy it based on the right shape for your foot.
In other words, my fat, non-pointy feet probably didn’t belong in boots that have a toe shape like this. I ended up with pain not on my feet but in the knobby area that sticks out by my big toe. (I refuse to call it the word it actually is).
That means that generally, I won’t be wearing these boots for future long hauls to the city but definitely for a night out on the town. And I seriously want to get a pair of square toed boots to wear whenever because the rest of my feet felt great.
Still, I wouldn’t trade those Corral boots for anything. They are the most gorgeous shoes I’ve ever owned!
Disclosure: CountryOutﬁtter, a retailer of western boots sent me these Corral boots to review.