Strange Shoes: Upcycled cowboy boots

lace covered cowboy boots

You know how, when you buy new shoes, they often come wrapped in tissue paper, to protect them from damage inside the box?

You all know you’re supposed to remove that tissue paper before you wear them, right?

OK. Just checking. These boots are wrapped in fabric, not paper, but they still create the same kind of impression for us. We’re also wondering just how practical it’ll be to have that white fabric trailing around next to the muddy ground. Is it just us who’d have that ruined within seconds? Do other people have pristine streets to walk on? Aren’t cowboy boots supposed to look a little bit roughed-up?

These wouldn’t work for us, but that, of course, doesn’t mean they won’t work for anyone else, in which case you need to know that they’re vintage boots, which have been “upcycled” with the addition of things like fabric, belts, and other accessories, so every pair is different.

What do you think? Would you wear these? Could you keep them clean?

[Buy them]

8 Comments

  • October 8, 2012

    Claudia

    If there is no glue or tacks, one could wash the fabric – or take it off and wear the boots as they are. I hate them. They look like a kindergarten child became creative. What if I have an encounter with dog poop?

    View Comment
  • October 8, 2012

    lizvocal

    To me, these look like the “wear a plastic grocery sack as clothes” fad that I keep seeing on the internet – not in real life, thank goodness.

    However, I sell a lot of vintage shoes on eBay. Clearly I have been missing the ‘upcycle and charge $400 for it’ boat. Dang.

    View Comment
  • October 8, 2012

    Heidi

    Definitely give off a mentally imbalanced vibe. I’d worry the person wearing these was “off her meds.” Would set off a tin foil hat well.

    View Comment
  • October 9, 2012

    Sabina

    This HAS to be fake. There’s no way anyone would wear anything this ridiculous or fugly… right?

    View Comment
  • October 9, 2012

    Tanya

    WHY????????????????????????????

    View Comment
  • October 9, 2012

    lizvocal

    So I take it that means no one here would be buying. 😉 Remember, kids, ‘upcycle’ almost always means, “I’m selling trash for big bucks”.

    View Comment
  • October 28, 2012

    Nala

    Oh jeez, this reminds me of when people walk out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck to their shoes, except this poor girl has toilet paper all over her shoes!!! And then she attached a bunch of belts to make it look like she did it on perpose.

    View Comment
  • March 10, 2013

    Stephanie

    Actually what you are seeing is a very poor version of “boho” boots. Yes,,they do look like -well a trash bag. But as I said its a poor example. If you look on etsy @ the ones painted palimino makes some are cute. The above is NOT. I made a pair for myself. I also ensured the lace I used hit right before my heel began. You don’t typically have to worry about stepping on the lace if they’ve been made correctly. And I should add, I get tons of compliments on mine. They are cute with skinny jeans and flowy tops. Hence, the “Bohemien”.

    View Comment