Market Report: Day 4

Jennifer Paulson

A new style from Corral Boots, these square toes have great stitching.Jennifer Paulson

We’re finally finished with the WESA Market, and I think we’ve saved the best report for last: The Boot Roundup.

While we saw a lot of fancy, over-the-top boots, one thing is for sure: There’s a conscious move toward simpler, more traditional looks. It’s similar to what we saw in the denim offerings, as well as belts and tack. Now, don’t mistake a simpler look for lower quality. It’s quite the opposite!

Here’s a selection of images of boots we saw at Market. Some are available now; most won’t be in stores until fall of this year.

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We start off with a few boots that are anything but toned down! These printed leather styles from Roper Apparel are sure to get your feet noticed.
In a nod to its Olathe “brother brand,” Macie Bean showed quite a few stovepipe styles.
Neon is still hot, as shown in these girls’ Anderson Bean boots.
Aside from the pretty embellishment, with stitching and hammered-on studs, the round toe stood out on this pair of Macie Beans. We saw quite a few round toes at the show.
Dusty Rocker boots are best known for interchangeable inlays, but everyone stopped to see this new style with Navajo-inspired stitching.
Ariat went punchy-cowboy with these red-topped buckaroo boots.
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With jeans worn tucked-in or outside the boots, these kids’ Ariats were adorable.
This new leather treatment is available for men and women from Justin. The leather is cut 1/8-inch deep for a unique texture.