After being spoilt for choice in Nashville with downtown BOGOF boot signs and midtown boutiques of quirky country lyric clothing and accessories, we’re compiling a shopping guide for where to get non-cringeworthy Western(ish) stuff on this side of the Atlantic. Here’s the start of the hopefully ever-growing list, which we’d love you to help us add to.
LONDON & ONLINE
Jessie Western, Notting Hill
Cowboy boots and Native American style jewellery on Portobello Road. Not cheap – this is Notting Hill after all – but a gorgeous selection including some one-off boots which may have graced the catwalk, and the option of made-to-order pairs. While you’re in the area, you can also head to the Ladbroke Grove end of the market where there’s often a few second-hand cowboy boot stalls.
Ulanka, Oxford Street
Not a western shop at all, but this bijoux Oxford Street shoe shop of Spanish brands hides some gems at friendly High Street prices. Not worth a special boot mission trip (though it has great other shoes too) but if you’re in the area…
Denne Country Stores, Leighton Buzzard
Primarily and equestrian supplies store, this also sticks Ariat cowboy boots and a few Western accessories.
YORKSHIRE & ONLINE
A line dancer’s paradise, this one’s got proper western wear including a range of Jack Daniel’s shirts, plus boots at the more affordable end of the scale.
Does what it says on the tin. Stocking brands like Sancho and Harley Davidson and a full range of bootcare sundries, this site’s come reader recommended.
HAMPSHIRE & ONLINE
Wild Wild Western Wear, Farnborough
Authentic range of all apparel including real Stetsons, western shirts, and the mid-range boot brands like Tony Lama and Justin Boots. Also stocks some fun and affordable gifts like cowboy boot earrings and slippers.
Uncle Sam’s American Vintage
Mainly clothing, especially men’s, but the mish mash loot often includes cowboy boots. It’s all genuine vintage imported from California and requires some browsing to bag a burried treasure.
The Country Sip
Contemporary fun designs from t-shirts to homeware and accessories [pictured above]. It’s a cheap and cheerful US etsy shop which also sells via redbubble so we can get them in the UK without massive import or delivery fees.
Their Kings Road Shop has closed but thankfully the London designed cowboy boots are still available online. This shop wins the prize for the best name to say aloud and they do gift vouchers too.
If your favourite artist or event is on firebrand (Eric Church and Country2Country festival currently are) you can buy their official merchandise here. It’s particularly useful given the length of the merch stand queues at some gigs recently and how quickly Dierks’ Drunk on a Plane t-shirts ran out.
Italian shoes from fhigh-end ashionista brand which often has a some Western designs, like their Texan inspires ‘Vicky’ shoe boots.
Asos.com, Notonthehighstreet.com etc
Don’t write-off mainstream sites like Asos, Topshop, River Island, Mango and Zara. Since boho, prairie or whatever Vogue wants to call it next is frequently in fashion, just searching the word ‘western’ on your usual shopping sites can bring up some surprises, like this patriotic Jeffrey Campbell pair. Asos even stocks Frye boots and Notonthehighstreet.com has an abundance of chic ‘cowboy’ themed paraphernalia.
We know you can find more options with an internet search, but we’re only including shops we’ve used ourselves or had suggested to us. For our favourite buys from these sites check out the Christmas Gift Edit here and please let us know (comment below) if there’s a shop near you or good website that should be included.
Cheers & happy shopping,
Brits in Boots