Gov. Rick Perry has done a lot of things Texans like and a few that they don't, but he may have really stepped in it with his recent decision to quit wearing cowboy boots. That's right – no more boots for the governor of Texas. Some adverse reaction is not surprising. It's a good thing he's not running for re-election. I can just see the TV ads: "Don't vote for a bootless governor!" It might even give the Democrats a chance, if their candidate didn't have to wear heels over two inches. Did Governor Richards wear cowboy (or would it be cowgirl) boots?
Is Perry trying to appear less Texan and more cosmopolitan for his run for president? Not at all says he; he had to give them up due to back problems. They do make flat-heeled boots, but do they still qualify as cowboy boots? Perry's bootmaker, Rocky Carroll, thinks that's a good option as reported in the Texas Tribune article When the Texas Governor Drops the Official State Footwear. Yes, the cowboy boot is the official footweat of Texas according to a resolution adopted by the Texas Legislature.
The governor has suffered some criticism. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was quoted in the Austin American-Statesman: “I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction.” By the way, that quote comes from an article by Ken Hermann To boot or not to boot? which is worth a read.
If Perry has presidential aspirations, he might want to rethink his footwear. The same guy who makes Perry's boots also made them for President Reagan and two Presidents Bush.