Patricia Gannon: How to judge a woman by her boots

Few items in a woman’s wardrobe carry a heavier message than boots. Worn throughout history for both warmth and modesty, it’s only since the 1960s that boots have been worn purely as a fashion statement, and it’s in interpreting these statements that men need a hand. Decoding the politics of clothing can be tricky, but whatever a woman wears — or doesn’t — is telling you something. Boots are no exception.

With that in mind, gentlemen, consider the following when it comes to sizing up women:

WESTERN BOOTS: The woman wearing these is either from Texas or in town for the rodeo. If you drive a pickup truck, you’re on. Women from Texas like to wear these with a cocktail dress, the same way Texas men wear jeans with a tuxedo jacket. Texas ladies pretty much do whatever they want to. Spurs optional.

BIKER BOOTS: Similar to western boots in that the woman wearing them is either a rebel or belongs to a motorcycle gang. She likes a man with a streak of bad boy otherwise she will walk all over you. If she’s wearing a patch or belt buckle that says “Property Of,” her boyfriend will walk all over you, too.

EQUESTRIAN BOOTS: The woman wearing a pair of these is timelessly classic, a real thoroughbred. Expensive to maintain but with proper handling, you can probably make it around the clubhouse turn if not the finish line.

BOOTIES: She’s a big baby. Needy and requires constant pacifying, a crier.

BUSINESS BOOTS: These are black leather with stiletto heels and extend all the way past the knee to mid-thigh. Pay up front and address the woman who wears them as “Mistress.”

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at

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