Change is scary. Even if my college years haven’t been exactly “easy” they’ve been mine; and despite the fact that I’ve been in a rush to get out, the people and things that kept me sane through this chaotic part of my life have left a permanent mark on me. I am a better, happier, more mature person because of college. And it isn’t just that I’m graduating…it’s that I’m stepping into a new, scary chapter of my life.
I’m moving 500 miles away from home. Kansas City. While that’s less than 1/4 of the distance to California, there isn’t a set timeline. I don’t go there for a few weeks or months and come back. I’m moving there. I’m starting my big girl career. There will be no “intern” in my job title. This is huge. In some ways, it feels like it isn’t real yet. It feels too good to be true.
I’ve worked for years to get to this point. Now it’s here, and I’m nervous. But, there are coping mechanisms for these things.
The right shoes can make a woman feel unstoppable. Confident. Fashionable. Empowered.
Well, graduation is Saturday. And when I walk across that stage in the North Central College Residential Hall/Recreation Center, I will be rocking a new pair of kicks. These aren’t just any shoes. They’re beautiful, well-crafted, comfortable, attention-grabbing western boots. Shyanne boots, to be exact. Shyanne Butterfly Inlay boots, to be even MORE exact. I knew that I wanted to wave my country girl flag one last time at graduation, and fully intended to wear some boots at graduation. It was a matter of finding the right dress to match one of the pairs I already had.
One day a few weeks ago, out of the blue, Rachel of Boot Barn contacted me to say that Boot Barn wanted to offer me some boots. The only stipulation? I had to write a review of them. And as a reward for my readers, they’re giving me a pair to give away! Not into the style? Don’t worry; there are several to pick from, some of which may not be listed on the Boot Barn website. More on this tidbit shortly, but first, the review!
So, my mission was to try these boots out, REALLY try them. My method was to wear them every day for a week, and a busy week at that. These boots walked countless miles back and forth around campus, they carried me through several outings to bars and restaurants, they kept me dry in torrential rain, and they even did some dancing.
My first impression of these boots was great. At a glance, the leather is decent quality, the shaft of the boot is well-lined and sturdy. I was disappointed at first because, at a glance, the soles looked like they were made of a hard rubber. A closer inspection showed that they were, in fact, leather soles, but had a shiny black coating. This didn’t impede them much; the soles wore in a natural way and roughened up just fine.
The comfort level of the boots is fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they’ve stayed, even after the massive amounts of walking, running, dancing, and bar-hopping these boots have survived in my last week of college. Because of my birthday and the end-of-college celebrations, these boots really got a work-out in regards to goin’ out on the town. Additionally, it rained cats and dogs on my birthday. My feet were dry and warm inside of my Shyanne Butterfly Inlay boots.
I wear a lot of brown and pink, so I feel like I had a lot of great options to accessorize. Whether these were complementing an outfit featuring pink, or adding a pop of color to an neutral ensemble, or adding a bit of rustic country charm to a more urban outfit, these bad boys were great. They worked with a khaki-colored linen skirt, peaking out from under boot cut jeans, and rocked the tucked-in skinny jeans like champs. Long story short, these boots were everything I could have hoped for…and maybe more.
Even my city friends, some of which have a track record of NOT appreciating my boot-centric style, loved these boots.
I can’t wait to debut my graduation dress with these beauties. I feel like the outfit will be Pinterest-worthy, and that’s saying something!
SO, you want a pair of Shyanne boots of your own? Do one (or all) of the following:
1. Comment on this post with a piece of important advice (or more than one!) about moving out and living on your own.
2. Comment on this post with a cost-effective recipe.
3. Tweet the following. Feel free to add any hashtags that you choose, as long as all the required text is there:
“I’d love to win some of these @BootBarn Shyanne #cowgirlboots to celebrate @kmrivard’s graduation! https://kellymrivard.com/2012/06/05/gradboots/ #gradboots”
I’ll announce the randomly-selected winner (tracked using the hashtag #gradboots as well as through these comments) on June 10th! A few rules:
1. You only get one entry. So, even if you do all of the above (which I would, of course, appreciate), you still only get entered once.
2. I am not allowing anyone in my immediate family to enter. I’m afraid my sister, mom, and sister-in-law are all a little bummed about that.
3. The winner must be at least 18 years of age.
4. Anyone who is also giving away boots as part of Boot Barn’s program is not eligible to win. You already get free Boot Barn boots. Let’s share the love.
5. I still accept free advice, even if you aren’t eligible to win!
And gentlemen? Don’t be afraid to enter; the women in your life would probably great appreciate you winning them a pair of boots! And if you’re looking for a men’s boot giveaway, be sure to watch my friend Ryan‘s blog, Agriculture Proud. He’ll be featuring a men’s giveaway through Boot Barn very soon!