Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, I was always with surrounded by ‘cowboy boot culture’. I grew up not knowing the struggles of snow, heavy coats, and shoveling sidewalks. Winter was known as the time of year you wore jeans instead of shorts, but sometimes you could get away with wearing capris if you didn’t have PE that day. I was taught at an early age, that a night out on the town meant throwing on a pair of boots and maybe a summer dress. Basically, the perfect environment for those who hate the cold and love a good pair of boots.
I never had to experience the harsh weather of winter until I left home to start college and moved 1,000 miles north to the “Greatest Snow on Earth”. Suddenly I had to learn how to deal with an entirely new way of living, from driving in snowbanks to learning how to walk in the snow. While there definitely were challenges that came from my cross country journey, there were some perks that I found over time. One of my favorite additions that the cold weather brought was boots. While these weren’t the thickly stitched leather cowboy boots that I was used to, they brought certain accessories with them that I had never had a chance to implement in my life before, boot socks.
Instead of thick shorter socks to protect your feet from blisters, these were pretty. They were long, topped with lace, patterned, and made from beautiful wool. While tromping through the snow wasn’t my favorite activity, being able to carefully choose what socks I would be wearing that day and coordinating with my outfit was always a spot of light in my mornings that were always lacking with sunshine. While I did end up losing cowboy boots, I ended up getting a new style complete with my new boot socks.