There’s no substitute for a good pair of boots. And if you’re looking for Cowboy, the southwest is the place to be.
In Clovis, I found 16,000 pairs at Joe’s Boot Shop.
You can pick your color and style (Blue Alligator!). Snakeskin, Ostrich, leather, it’s all here. Row by row you can find any type of cowboy boot you can imagine, and even some that are beyond what you'd think anyone would dream up.
In the back of the store, you can buy tack or learn to rope. If you’re there on the right day, you can participate in special contests, from calf roping to the Clovis first chuck wagon cook-off.
They also have 12,000 belts, 10,000 hats, 5,000 candles, and a trailer parked out front.
It happened to be a bit breezy that day (60 mph winds), which meant blue skies and clouds of dust. If you’d rather not walk against the wind, you can always call in and request delivery (the online store is a bit lacking).