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Rick Perry, metrosexual? Texas governor gives up cowboy boots and riles critics

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Rick Perry wearing cowboy boots and a suit
Love the cowboy boots, hate the back problems. Gov. Rick Perry makes a footwear switch. GOP12.thehill.com
Rick Perry in California 2014 wearing slick suit
The governor's metrosexual look as seen in Sacramento, Calif., last month when he test drove a Tesla. Veeoz.com
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The Texas battle cry "come and take it" were the Perry's boots of choice for the Newsweek cover in 2010. Courtesy of Newsweek
Rick Perry wearing come and take it cowboy boots
The "come and take it" boots were a hit with the campaigning governor. Watchinga.com
Rick Perry wearing cowboy boots and a suit
Rick Perry in California 2014 wearing slick suit
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Rick Perry wearing come and take it cowboy boots

High-rise cowboy boots have proven to be the curse of Gov. Rick Perry's macho image as he has had to give up his manly footwear in favor of more, shall we say, conservative oxfords and loafers.

As the New York Times reported, "The governor, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 2010 with boots emblazoned with the Texas battle cry 'come and take it,' said he had stopped wearing them because they worsened the back problems that dogged him during his failed run for president in 2012."

 "I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction.” 

Political pundits question that perhaps the sartorial switch, softening that Wild West image, has more to do with a possible run for president in 2016 than a pain in the back. Perry has also taken to wearing thick-rimmed glasses more commonly worn by hipsters that some commentators have said makes him look smarter.

Nevertheless, the governor's fashion turn equates with turning his back on the state's official shoe. A Texas House resolution that Perry signed in 2007 designated cowboy boots as the state footwear of Texas, in honor of their role "in the mythic romance of the Lone Star State."

The governor's new approach to fashion has fired up at least one elected official. State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson writes in a note to Austin American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman, "Tell Rick that boots can be purchased with normal heels. I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction."

The New York Times also reports that bootmaker to the governor Rocky Carroll has a solution for Perry. "I’ll just lower the heel," he said. "I do that all the time. I do work for orthopedic doctors. I’ll fix them all for him."

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