Western & English Today

Spring 2016

W&E Today provides retailers and manufacturers with education and ideas that provoke innovation in the Western and English markets.

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Western & English Today 15 SPRING 2016 heights ranging from 8-inch shorties to over-the-knee. In addition, Lane expands its boot-building exper- tise into new territory this year, venturing outside the traditional cowboy boot genre with the Buckle- roo, Payge, Ridgefeld, and Westminster English har- ness-style boots; the motorcycle-boot-inspired Wilde Ride; the packer-style lace-up Annette; and the Julie, a lieutenant-boot silhouette. Shoe-type silhouettes—such as the slingback Camilla with the Western boot vamp, the Bourbon, and the Fringe Fries—make for perfect summer footwear for gals who want that cowboy-boot look with jeans in the sizzling summer heat or want to avoid the hassle of tak- ing boots of in the airport security line. LOOKING AHEAD When asked what's next, Lane ofers an intriguing response. "Well ... going forward, we're branding the company simply as Lane instead of Lane Boots," he says. "We still have a lot of room to develop in women's footwear." Plenty of room, indeed. Although the boot will still do well to stand for the brand—even Vogue magazine is touting haute couture cowboy boots for city-bound fashionistas on its website, leading some to dub 2016 "Te Year of the Cowboy Boot." But I'll bet the ranch that my Lanes beat out such examples as the $905 Sar- tore Western ankle boot and the $890 Isabel Marant Étoile Rawson harness boot in comfort, quality, and all- around cowgirl style.

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