Kowboyz in Santa Fe, NM, sells hand-tooled leather bags, ten-gallon hats, embroidered scully shirts, and Patsy Cline vinyl. But the reason it has earned such a sterling rep as one of America’s best ranchwear shops is its selection of cowboy boots. Walls and walls of new and gently used shit kickers, stretching as far as the eye can see. Every shade, every style, every skin, most just $99 bucks. Among the champs: white leather cowgirl boots with sassy fringe and a pair of patriotic Stars ‘N’ Stripes roach stompers with phoenixes rising off the toes. There is an impressive range of sizes, too, including many size 10 (and up) options for women.
Kowboyz started in Los Angeles more than 30 years ago, but was moved to Santa Fe after its ownership changed hands. It remains a go-to for Hollywood costumers: Pieces from the shop have appeared in Brokeback Mountain, Lonesome Dove, and No Country For Old Men. Even Slash shops here!
FYI: Kowboyz is located in Santa Fe’s Railyard District, so it makes good sense to pair your boot spree with a visit to the farmers market (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or SITE, a cool contemporary art museum that is free on Fridays and Saturday mornings.
345 W. Manhattan Ave., Santa Fe, NM; 505-984-1256.