They’re back! It’s been a while since mules have been popular...
Mules are a style of shoe that has no back or constraint around the heel. They were especially popular during the end of the 1990s in the realm of high-fashion as elite designers put their own touch on the mule. Get ready for mules to become your fall staple. Watch as you start to see them everywhere; from your favorite department store to the editorial photoshoots of your favorite drool worthy high fashion house.
There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find mules everywhere, but at Planet Cowboy we put a spin on this amazing shoe! Did someone say exotic? We have some insane silver snakeskin, and beautifully dyed ostrich. Of course, in addition to our crazy exotic mules we have smooth leather and a few with tooled inlay...
Come on in to Planet Cowboy on 12 South in Nashville TN or shop online with us at PlanetCowboy.com! We carry several sizes and styles! You better get yours as soon as you can, these mules might slither right off the shelf...
FUN FACT: The shoe's history goes all the way back to Ancient Rome when senators would wear a red-hued version to court. The shoe itself was very different from what we envision now, but its name stuck, with mulleus calceus shortened to mule. In the 17th century, the Mule gained popularity in Europe as a boudoir shoe.
Ropers are the classic gentleman's boot for everyday wear. While continuing to be a staple in many cowboys' closets through the generations, we also think it's a great starter boot! With their low heel and round toe they’re just the perfect amount of cowboy.
We had so much fun doing this photo shoot at the Never Never Bar in Nashville’s Wedgwood Houston. We can’t wait to get these boots out into the world and see all you fine customers in our new line!
Let’s Take a trip to 1875...
Boots have a long tradition as badges of social rank, wealth or occupation...The cowboy boot was born out of necessity before it became a potent symbol.
Tradition credits Charles Hyer as one of the first to invent the cowboy boot. A Colorado cowboy stopped by the Hyer shop on his way home from the Kansas City stockyards in 1875, requesting a new pair of boots that were different from his Civil War-style boots. Way back in the day, farmhands, now known as cowboys, needed affordable and practical boots that they could wear while working.
The original cowboy boots served just that purpose. They allowed the men to transition easily from riding to walking and back again, with equal comfort and support in both. The cowboy boot itself, originating in the plains and desert of the midwest and far western United States in the 1800s, was originally inspired by the vaquero-style boot brought to the Americas from Spain in the 1600s.
The Declaration of Independence of the United States was signed on July 4, 1776. 99 years later the cowboy boot was created. The boots the soldiers wore in the civil war were different. Although, similar they are not the same...
What does the word Dad mean? Someone who always stands by you. Someone who guides you through the most important times in life. Even when he drives us crazy, our dads are always there when we need them most.
Father’s day is coming up and we want to thank all the great dads and father figures out there!
Being a Dad comes with great responsibility. He is strong and dependable, and your friend when others are not.
Father figures also come in many different forms and times in your life. Maybe you have a grandfather who has always been there for you? I bet he has some great stories. Do any include a story about a farm, or some cowboy boots he walked miles in each way to get to school everyday? Maybe he has a pair in his closet from the 80s when cowboy boots were the hottest look in town! Maybe there’s a really cool inlay handmade pair of boots that you hope he’ll pass along to you, that his dad passed down to him.
Would it be nice for him to have another go-to western boot as a reminder of how much you appreciate him?
Why not buy him a brand new pair of cowboy boots from Planet Cowboy that he can give to you and you can pass down to your kids one day!
Give dad or the father figure in your life a new pair of cowboy boots for father’s day. They deserve it!
If you're local to Nashville, come on down to our western store, Planet Cowboy, on 12 South across from Whites Mercantile and Epice Restaurant. Bring the family, try on some boots and head next door to our neighbors Frycream and end your day with a perfect ice cream swirl. It's the ultimate Father’s Day event!
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It may be our First year in Nashville
…but it’s the 80th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
HISTORY OF STEEPLECHASE...
The Iroquois Steeplechase event is held in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning in 1941, with one year off during World War II, the race has been run continuously at Percy Warner Park on a course inspired by Marcellus Frost and designed by William duPont. The Queens Cup Steeplechase is held annually on the last Saturday of April at Brooklandwood, a farm and estate in Mineral Springs, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 km) from Charlotte. The Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (formerly known as the American Grand National) is held each October at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, New Jersey and draws about 50,000 spectators for a single day race-meet. It is the richest event in American steeplechasing with a purse of $500,000. During the 1940s and 50s, the Broad Hollow Steeplechase Handicap, the Brook National Steeplechase Handicap and the American Grand National were regarded as American steeplechasing's Triple Crown.Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Kentucky (original Dueling Grounds Race Course) was built in 1990 as a steeplechase track, with a kidney-shaped turf circuit. At its inception, the track offered some of the richest purses in the history of American steeplechase including a $750,000 race. The track has undergone numerous ownership changes, with steeplechase races playing an on-and-off role (mainly off) in the track's limited live race meets.
Just like the Kentucky Derby, everyone dresses up. Men wear wild colored suits. Woman wear their Sundays best and fancy hats!
A steeplechase, also known as “Jump Racing”, is a horse race over fences combining the raw power of the flat racing Thoroughbred with the precision and impulsion of high speed cross country jumping, creating a sport that is both thrilling and exciting to watch to fans and the uninitiated the world over.
7 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE
- Did you know a horse lover created the official painting for this 75th year anniversary of the race? It will be sold during the online auction.
- The race started 7 decades ago in 1941 and is still considered Nashville’s rites of spring.
- The Iroquois has had a cross- Atlantic rivalry throughout its history
- This year a winning horse could earn more than $850,000 by crossing the finishing line first in both races, considering their individual purses and the Brown Advisory Cheltenham Iroquois Challenge.
- The thoroughbred horses in the race are all 4 years old or older.
- Box seats are already sold out for 2016 Steeplechase
- The Steeplechase is named after the winner of the first race—Iroquois, the first American-bred thoroughbred to win the prestigious British Epsom Derby . A confidant of FDR, as in former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, helped start the race.
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We couldn’t be more excited to be featured alongside a few other Nashville boot shops (Tecovas, Music City Leather, and Ariat Nashville) in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.
Owner Jaylin Ramer sat down to chat boots with Margaret Littman to chat about the origins of Planet Cowboy, covering everything from her first ever pair of red boots at age 12, to the big move from New York City to Nashville.