Howdy! Are you more of a Madison or a San Francisco Stomp? Or perhaps are you more of a Swamp Thang guy? Or a Watermelon Crawl? No, wait, I got you! You can’t wait to do the Chicken dance. If you know what I’m talking about, you’re probably a hardcore line dancer and if you don’t, you might want to check this out. You are missing out on some of the hidden gems of the social dance world.
Until now, the only connection I had with line dancing was through some medical articles I’ve come across that took into consideration the fact that this kind of social dance can improve memory and fight against the onset and effects of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
I’ve only recently discovered the pure joy of line dancing when I attended a wedding party in Phoenix, Arizona. They did the Cupid Shuffle at some point and I totally loved it, so I started looking into it. As a dancer, I am always interested in the style’s origins, history and influences, most famous performers, best suited music and obviously the best footwear for practicing it.
When it comes to line dancing the choice is pretty clear: country boots.
With over three decades of experience in manufacturing high quality footwear, the Californian brand Ariat is committed to five core values that reflect in their high quality products: innovation, quality, integrity, teamwork and respect. The name of the company comes from the Secretariat, the legendary race horse (yes, this is the real life horse that inspired the Secretariat character in BoJack Horseman) that was the 1973 Triple Crown winner.
Apart from this, Ariat is the first equestrian footwear to incorporate athletic footwear technologies in their boots. So you know we sure that if equestrian athletes can use them in their field, then they will do very well on the dance floor too. With a strongly developed culture for their craftsmanship, manufacturers at Ariat have their boots go through more than 150 steps during their construction, focusing on offering the durability and high performance that everyone is looking for.
All their products are field-tested to endure their high quality and functionality.
The model I recommend you is the Ariat Men’s Heritage Boot. It comes with the ATS® technology which equips the boot with additional gel-cushioning for shock absorption and stability, while keeping the feet dry thanks to the breathable foot bed. The EVA midsole is also designed to reduce the shock and stress on your joints. The Duratread® technology makes the outsole slip-resisting, adding to its flexibility and durability. The have an R toe which means they are tapered, but rounded at the tip.
The heels have stabilizers for extra support and balance on the floor. Regarding the design, these are some of the very stylish, carefully crafted boots that you can match with your cowboy outfit.The full-grain leather shaft height is 13”, they are available in sizes ranging from 8 to 15 (US) and you can choose from narrow, medium or wide models. The colours available are brown and black.
Ariat also makes premium footwear for ladies. My recommendation is Ariat’s Dahlia Western boot. As their website description states, these boots are made for dancing in. They come with a 9” long upper made completely out of full-grain leather with a beautiful floral model embossed on it. This D toe model benefit from the same ATS Technology, making them comfortable to wear and practice in. The masterfully sewn stitches and durable materials promise to stand the test of time.
They are available in a combination of brown tones or in all black and their size ranges from 6.5 to 12 (US), with the possibility of choosing between medium and wide models. The manufacturer runs true-to-size and the product doesn’t need to be broken in.
Laredo brand is one of the top choices among western style enthusiasts in the United States for over 45 years. My favourite model from them is the Women’s cross Point Western Boot that would gracefully complete your cowgirl wardrobe. They are tall boots with a 13” pull-on leather shaft featuring western embroidery, crafty stitches and stud details.
The cut-outs and underlays give this pair a very fashionable look, while the cushion insole makes them the right choice for long hours on the dance floor. The 1.5” cowboy heel adds to the stability of the boot and the synthetic outsole won’t let you slip and fall on the floor during your fancy turns.
Their size ranges from 6 to 10 (US) and they are available as a medium width model. The boots are a stylish light brown. However, some reviews I read stated that they are darker than in the photos.
They are very durable as they are mostly designed to be worn outside and to endure to conditions that ranch chores would impose on them.
Dan Post Boots brand identifies itself with the motto Handcrafted Cushion Comfort. With a history of over half a century, this manufacturer only works with the finest exotic skins and premium leathers, so you know what you will be paying for.
The model that caught my eyes is the Women’s Vintage Bluebird Leather Boot. It is absolutely gorgeous. I am not usually a very big fan of cowgirl boots because I am short and they make me look even shorter, but these ones will make an exception. I do not care how short I might look wearing them, the craftsmanship that went into creating them is all worth it. They seem like the canvas of a painter, not like a pair of boots.
They are made of distressed, tan leather and wonderful turquoise underlay and a few red spots on the upper shaft. The medium cowboy heel and rustic leather outsole will support you and add balance to your moves on the floor. They are paired with a removable Soft Strike Orthotic for extra comfort and care for your feet and joints.
They are available in sizes ranging from 6 to 10 (US), medium width. Their height measures 11” and the circumference is 12 ½”.
H.J.Justin & Sons are America’s celebrated cowboy boot makers continuing a handcrafting tradition dating back from 1879. The model I believe men line dancers will appreciate is the exquisite Ostrich Western boots. This brown and dark green exotic model is absolutely stunning, made from smooth ostrich leather. The 11” shaft is Kango Tobacco and it features crafty turquoise embroidery that adds personality to the model.
The broad round toe keeps your feet comfortable together with the J-Flex technology insole that provides great energy return. The Tekno Crepe outsole offers good grip to the floor and high durability. The block heel is sturdy and offers support and balance to your dance moves. They are easy to pull on, as they feature overlay fluted pull straps. The size ranges from 8 to 13 (US) and you can choose from medium and wide models.
Now go ahead, put on your favourite boots and blast Achy Breaky Heart as loud as you can. That will get you up and push you straight on the dance floor.
So tell us, what’s your favourite line dance?
I’ll start. Mine is the Hoedown Throwdown! Yeeeee hawwwww!
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