What kind of socks …

I get a private message tonight from an old friend who I’ve missed, it was great to hear from her.  She says she has been reading the blog and recently started her own.  But besides wanting to just say hello and reconnect, she asked ..

‘Two questions, first:  What are the best socks to wear in cowboy boots so they don’t slouch down?’..

The other question will be for a later post.  I need to think a lot harder about answering that question, than this one.  So this gets my attention tonight.  Plus, I think its hilarious.  In part, because I’ve never really thought about it.

The Cowboy laughs when I ask him.

What do you wear underneath those .. boots.

“Who stole my Gold Toes?” the Cowboy says, still laughing.  “My dad always is looking for his Gold Toes!   And if he sees you with them on, his or not, he’ll accuse you of stealing ‘em.  That’s all my dad wears.”

A second later he adds, “Oh, and you can’t have tube socks, you gotta have crew socks.”

I ask why.

“Crew socks are made like an L,” he says.  “That’s why they don’t slip.  Tube socks are straight, you know what I mean?”

Now I’m laughing.  I’m thinking, whens the last time I heard someone even say ‘tube socks’?  Might have been, like 7th grade.  And boy did we used to wear tube socks.  We didn’t just wear them, we rocked ‘em.  Remember tube socks with the old basketball uniforms where the shorts were short and made of real thick polyester?

Wow, got off track there for a moment.

Gold Toe is what his pop wears.  The Cowboy says his fav is Omni-Wool.

Omni Wool

I’ve worn boots myself since I was like, at the very least in college.  And I just get any old ‘tall socks’.  Most women’s tall socks have the thicker, tighter band around the top of the sock.. which, the tag should explain to you that’s why its there.  To prevent slippage.

At this moment, I’m now laughing at myself.  That I am thinking so much about an issue that might otherwise seem trivial and relatively funny.

Perhaps more important than the right pair of socks .. let’s just say we need to start with the right pair of boots.

We happened to be at one of my favorite stores in Bozeman, MT http://www.headwestbozeman.com/ on a trip late last summer .. when I realized I might not be doing this whole cowgirl thing right.

“What do you think of these?” says the Cowboy.  I turn around and he’s holding up a pair of black boots.

“I’m not crazy about them.  I don’t think I like the square toe.”

Real cowgirls, the Cowboy informed me that day, don’t usually wear pointy toed boots.  He said it in the kindest, most loving, nonjudgmental way.  But it made me laugh.  And tonight as we’re talking, he adds to this conversation saying, you’re REALLY showing you’re a wanna-be if there are silver tips anywhere on them.  (Important to note, while I have lots of boots, pointy toed, round toed, square toed – and don’t confuse cowboy square toe with motorcycle square toe – I’ve never had boots with silver tips.)

Square toe where its at

Those black boots at Head West, they were in immaculate shape.  They were in the back of the store, 2nd hand.  And, they were just my size.  We left that day with me at least looking one step closer to a real cowgirl.  Not that I was trying.  But if I’m hanging with a real cowboy, perhaps its important to not look like a rookie.

My pointy toed boots (which I love, especially the handcrafted ones from Austin) still stand tall in my closet however, and it appears I may actually be changing the Cowboys opinion of them.  But I am amazed how often I get stopped wearing the square toed boots by people wanting to know where on earth I got them.

While we have you..

“Boots,” the Cowboy says, “should fit tight when you first get them.  Then (he says chuckling again) you get in the bathtub with them.  Warm water works best because it opens the leather up, you see… And then you just wear ‘em the rest of the day.”

Wet boots.  Haven’t tried that yet.

So much to learn … good luck with the socks.

P.S.  My daughter and I after the blowout last eve, had a fantastic day.  We made it to school on time.  She helped with chores.  She did her homework when I asked.  She started a dance class she loves and is grateful I got her enrolled.  And we had a nice quiet night at home.  Calm has once again found our household.  For now….

For whatever comes next, even she is equipped with the right pair of very cute, tall orange square toed boots.

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10 thoughts on “What kind of socks …

  1. I think we need to have a conversation about those socks. Most knitters would tell you that you feet should look as cool with those boots on as without. Since your ideal socks look like they’re about worsted weight they’d knit up quickly. Meet me for coffee at Lakeside or Sow’s Ear and we can talk and check great yarn!

    • You’re on, Mae! Been awhile since been to either. And I’ve been wanting to bust the knitting needles back out. The Cowboy just stops dead in his tracks when I tell him I like to knit.. given he can’t usually get me to sit down for 5 mins.

  2. I’m hooked. I’m not even out of bed and I’ve already read your blog. Well done! Gold Toes, great suggestion. I find there has to be a balance between non-slouchy and not too thick.

    • You’re too sweet.. its so good to hear from you! And glanced at your writing last night.. will have to check out your blog, too! OR get you to guest post. I still have lots of questions back for you! But the second ? .. will write about perhaps later this week. Think probably need to give bit more history on us both anyway. AJ was asking me last night a few things as she read your question. So might be nice to have in writing. :) Have a great day!

  3. I can hardly type right now! Never in a million years did i expect the “Gold Toes” to ever be in a blog! Years ago the Cowboys Father recommended the “Gold Toes” to me and i havent wore anything else since! This Blog has made me laugh out loud and made my day! Thanks!

    • I didn’t either, Brent! It just kind of happened… and it made my day to hear that it made yours. Sincerely. Thanks for checking in! If there are any other golden nuggets of info from the family you recall from over the years.. love to hear it. Perhaps could use in a future post. ;) Take care and hope you have a crazy good tomorrow.

      • OMG! im soo excited! ive got 12 brand spankin new Gold Toes!!!!!! got em yesterday!
        WOOT WOOT!

  4. Gold toes are the combination of not to thin and not too thick and they don’t fall down. Must be a family thing. I do have some but I find boys starter socks do the trick for me also, that is when I get the opportunity to trade out steel toes for boots.

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