Short leather boots decorated with ornate stitching. Like the sort of boots that cowboys wore in Westerns. Cowboy boots were hugely fashionable and were worn by both men and women. By the mid 70s so many people were wearing cowboy boots, a disco could look like more like a Hicksville hoe down than a nightclub – slight exaggeration!
The boots varied. You could find cowboy boots that finished at the ankle, mid calf length or even those that went right up to the knee. You could wear them under your trousers for a subtle look, or tuck your trousers into your boots – Cossack style, to show them off. Girls could wear them with any length of skirt too – cowboy boots seemed to look good with anything.
In the 1970s, cowboy boots were firmly in fashion and were almost as popular as the earlier platform soles had been. For men, the toes of 70s cowboy boots could be round and often the straight cut boot stretched up to the knee. This style of boot was not as popular with women at the time although some did wear it, and today it looks good.
Most people wore cowboy boots that reached to mid calf length and had slightly pointed toes and a Cuban heel. These pull on boots were highly decorated with stitched patterns and often had leather tags fixed to the tops. Calf length cowboy boots were usually wide legged so you had plenty of space to tuck in your trousers.
No one is really sure why cowboy boots took off in such a big way in 1970s Britain. Perhaps this fashion came over from the USA and was due to bands like the Eagles and their cowboy country music sound.
Whatever the real reason, the simple truth is that cowboy boots looked great with jeans or a skirt and were easy and comfortable to wear.