Boot'vil is a well-kept secret. Even though this is my third residency at VCCA, it's the first I'd heard of the go-to place for cowboy boots and hats in nearby Ruckersville, Va. I'm still trying to figure out what the apostrophe is for, but the boot selection was so impressive, I'm willing to let it go.
Ever since squeezing my big feet into my grandmother's old buckskin Dingos, and suffering in silence because I liked them so much, I've had my heart set on a pair of my own genuine boots that fit properly. Well, it only took me thirty years to get them.
The proprietor said, "These'll be good for riding." And I said, "Sure thing." I didn't have the heart to tell her I ride English saddle.
I tried a few pairs, but the consensus among shoppers and employees was that these were The Ones. They're made by Lucchese, but Boot'vil stocks Tony Lama, too.
When I asked about protecting the boots from damage, she said, "You're not going to wear these in the barn, are you?"
I said, "No, I promise I won't." But I sure as heck'll wear them on Bethesda Avenue.