Yes, cowboy boots have been part of Music City forever. But the Western trend is on the rise with top fashion magazines showing how to wear cowboy boots this spring. And with tourists headed to Nashville for CMA Fest and summer vacations, they often will buy boots as soon as they land in town. But for locals, we found the spot that carries vintage cowboy boots.
RAINE located in the Brentwood Place Shopping Center has been carrying vintage boots since the fall of 2010 shortly after they opened their boutique.
In talking about what type of boots they carry at RAINE, Marybeth Stone, co-owner of RAINE, told us it’s about quality.
“We like to buy genuine leather boots, lined with leather, with leather soles. Most of our customers see that our entire collection is well made so they mainly look for a color and style they like in their size, with no real regard for the brand. Although brand doesn’t drive the purchase, our customer’s do appreciate certain brands like Lucchese and Old Gringo.”
And just like a good pair of jeans, those vintage boots have a story, shares Stone.
“We love vintage items at RAINE. There is something special about wearing an item that has been worn before, it ties a person to the past. With vintage boots, there is a history and a story, whether real or imagined, that makes slipping a pair on feel like more than just getting dressed.”
Buying vintage also means you own a unique pair of boots not ones that everyone else has, explains Stone.
“When you wear a pair of vintage boots chances are they will be noticed because they are different from the boots that are currently available to mainstream shoppers. If someone admires them, they can not run to the mall and buy the same boot for themselves.”
A big benefit of vintage is the no breaking in period for your boots, adds Stone.
“An additional advantage to buying vintage boots is the quality and the comfort. You can wear them out of the store for a night of walking the downtown streets of Nashville, and not worry about aching feet.”
If you are looking to get rid of boots you no longer wear, RAINE does take boots on consignment as long as they meet their criteria. Boots must be a western boot, in very good condition, made from genuine leather with leather lining and a leather sole, and preferably have a traditional under-slung medium height cowboy heel.
In addition to vintage boots, RAINE offers handbags in the store made from vintage boots, hand detailed by an artist in Texas.
RAINE is located at 330 Franklin Road, Suite #110a in the Brentwood Place Shopping Center. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday 10 a – 6 p, Saturday 10 a – 4 p. Follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.