North Austin Western Wear
You’re more likely to see flip-flops and ironic T-shirts on Austinites than cowboy hats and big belt buckles, but the city still boasts several big ol’ Western shops that remind visitors they’re deep in the heart of Texas. Two of the city’s most popular Western wear stores are chains, but considering the products involved are cowboy-related, these spots don’t carry the stigma of big-box retailers.
Sheplers Western Wear (6001 Middle Fiskville Rd., 512/454-3000) is an enormous store brimming with boots, hats, shirts, belts, jeans, and anything else you’d ever need to make your ride on a mechanical bull appear more authentic. This is perhaps the best place in town for aspiring cowgirls to stock their wardrobe, since many similar stores cater more to men’s wear.
If you’re hankerin’ for a pair of affordable boots and jeans, look no further than Cavender’s Boot City (8809 Burnet Rd., 512/451-7474, www.cavenders.com), which features quality low-priced boots and apparel for cowboys, cowgirls, and cowkids.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition