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Cowboy Boots

COWHIDE, SUEDE, exotic leather, snakeskin ... whichever your preference, you need a trusty ol' pair of cowboy boots. Start shopping with a spot of research at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Centre in Oklahoma City (001 405 478 2250 or visit www.cowboyhalloffame.org). Then, continue along to the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas (001 830 896 2553). Until 20 October this art gallery-cum-library is exhibiting Western-style clothes and boots by Kathy Smith, the costume designer for the film Dances with Wolves. Nearby, at Old Republic Square, 219 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, is Hill Country Western Wear (001 830 257 7333).

COWHIDE, SUEDE, exotic leather, snakeskin ... whichever your preference, you need a trusty ol' pair of cowboy boots. Start shopping with a spot of research at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Centre in Oklahoma City (001 405 478 2250 or visit www.cowboyhalloffame.org). Then, continue along to the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas (001 830 896 2553). Until 20 October this art gallery-cum-library is exhibiting Western-style clothes and boots by Kathy Smith, the costume designer for the film Dances with Wolves. Nearby, at Old Republic Square, 219 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, is Hill Country Western Wear (001 830 257 7333).

A pair of Lucchese boots here would set you back $170 (£105) whereas, in the UK, a similarly stylish pair of Tony Mora boots would cost you £195 at R Soles, 109a King's Road, London SW3 (0171-351 5520).

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