When the Red Wing Pecos boot was introduced in 1953 it was the first to combine traditional western styling in a super tough work boot. I’m sure those ranchers, farmers, and oil rig workers reached for their 8188’s in the mornings for the same reasons that I do. A convenient and quick pull-on is perfect for waking up on winter mornings.
The sartorial equation of pecos + long johns + a hudson bay coat is so foolproof it should be an algorithmic rule. This outfit is especially well-suited to December in Minnesota, when everything seems to occur very early and is always very urgent. Picking up relatives at the crack of dawn, moving the car to the other side of the street because the plow is coming, running to the store before they close because we all ran out of cranberry sauce at the 11th hour….
I’ll roll to the foot of the bed in the same thing I went to sleep in, blearily pull on these bad boys, and get out the Ol’ Hudson Bay. Perhaps some sunglasses and red lipstick if I don’t have time to put on any makeup. Done!