There comes a time in every man’s life when he asks himself, “Can I pull off cowboy boots?” Most red-white-and-blue-blooded American men have a soft spot for the badassery of Westerns, and many of us imagine ourselves gettin’ by in the violent and dusty Wild West. At the very least, we like to think we can rock a pair of leather western boots.If you’re curious about how well you fill a pair of cowboy boots, then allow us to recommend a classic western pair from Tecovas. Unlike many handmade luxury boots, which can run up to $700 or more, Tecovas boots will only set you back $235 or $225. Much of the savings comes from Tecovas’ direct-to-customer online sales model. In addition to saving you money, this model can help you avoid a duel with a snooty department store sales representative.Tecovas is offering two men’s boots and two women’s boots. You can choose from the taller, more traditional Cartwright, or the shorter, more versatile Earl. All boots are designed in Austin, TX and handmade in Leon, Mexico. The boot-making process involves more than 120 steps performed by skilled artisans in one of the oldest boot-making factories in the world.Related: The West’s Best Fall AdventuresIf you’re unsure of how you could possibly pull off cowboy boots, then allow us to help you out. Don’t overthink it — Lord knows the cowboys of the Wild West didn’t give a damn. And don’t worry: you don’t also need to invest in chaps and a ten-gallon hat; just because you have a pair of cowboy boots doesn’t mean you have to go full cowboy. Most of the time, your boots will be a perfectly natural part of your ensemble. When in doubt, go with a button-up shirt, casual jacket, and pair of jeans — just make sure you don’t tuck the legs into the boot shaft, lest you look like a total goofball.If you simply don’t see yourself in a pair of classic Western boots, then you might consider getting a pair for the lady in your life. The Jamie and The Penny are similar to their male counterparts, and make excellent holiday gifts. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck
Professor Maathai, who was also a UN Messenger of Peace with special focus on the environment and climate change, died on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 71.Mr. Al-Nasser said in a statement issued by his spokesperson that Professor Maathai’s death was a “great loss, not only to Kenyans but also to the UN family and the millions of people she inspired through her successful campaigns as an advocate for justice, women’s issues and good governance.”The Assembly President cited Professor Maathai’s work as a founder of the Green Belt Movement, which engaged thousands of rural Kenyan women to plant trees to improve their livelihoods by giving them better access to clean water, firewood for cooking and other resources.The movement has now planted an estimated 45 million trees as part of global efforts to tackle deforestation.UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said Professor Maathai’s legacy of fighting poverty “through empowering women and protecting the environment” was one that the entire world needed to carry on implementing.Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), paid tribute to the dedication shown by the Professor in all of her work.“It demonstrates that she lived for peace and the dignity of mankind,” he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner and Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests, have also expressed their sorrow at the death of Professor Maathai, who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. 27 September 2011General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today added his voice to those of other top United Nations officials mourning the death of Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners.