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These Boots are Made for Dancing..

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Yep, these boots..

Yep, these boots..

Molinopampa is a cow town like no other.  The residents are born into the lifestyle and a good number stay and develop an insane passion for waking in the wee hours of the morning to milk, walking 1-2 hours several times a day to a remote field where they need to move cows to eat fresher grass, and spending weekends at the cow market discussing the differences between breeds (or cow ‘races’ as they call them).  And here is the footwear that all the Molinopampan cowboys are required to wear:

Cheap, easy to use, and do the job in whatever conditions..

Cheap, easy to use, and do the job in whatever conditions..

Though you can rarely find rubber boots in sizes above 42 (about a size 8 1/2 or 9 in USA), I’ve enjoyed wearing this type of footwear around and find it almost more comfortable then leather and lace-up boots (for anything out in this region: walking long distances, wading through swampy bog, riding horses, jumping walls and crawling under fences, etc).  When asking Peruvians about leather boots, they mostly tell me that they’ve heard that the US does this and always wonders why they do.  They say that the stiffer soles would be horrible and slippery for any kind of uneven terrain, and the leather would gradually start tearing when rubbing up against sharp rocks and barb-wire).

I’m not trying to criticize the western cowboy with leather boots, big hat and fancy belt buckle, but I didn’t realize until spending soo much time around these professional cow people, how much the culture in middle America has to do with branding and image.  Plus, maybe I’m kinda jealous that I can’t really dance like this:

(I also hope I didn’t verge on writing a diary entry with this post..)

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Written by galbavy

August 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Posted in Cultural Adjustment, USA

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  1. Good report on boots!
    Dad

    Ed

    August 24, 2014 at 5:02 am

    • Thanks, I’m kinda running slim on other topics to cover over here.

      galbavy

      August 24, 2014 at 6:33 am


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