Best Luggage for Spring Trips

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You’ve checked off everything on your packing to-do list, dropped the dog off at the dog sitter, and have consistently checked the weather at your final destination about fifty times by now. Under the false pretenses that everything is good to go, for you to enjoy a long-awaited get-away for the weekend, you snap back to reality once you actually start packing your luggage.

You smack your forehead as you realize that the thought of getting out of town for the weekend must have distracted you from the obvious: you forgot to buy luggage.

But have no fear, Sheplers has come to your rescue. Since the winter months have finally subsided in strength, or at least long enough to halt the continual grounding of flights due to cold temperatures, the spring vacations can finally commence.

Shep Luggage

Whether you find yourself heading out of town for a mini family vacation or attending a spring wedding, these pieces of luggage will, without a doubt, make your traveling days go that much smoother.

  1. Bandana Tablet Computer Case
  2. Tan Handstained Calfskin Overnight Work Bag
  3. Brown Leather Work Bag
  4. Tan Leather Duffel Bag

Top 4 Boots to Get You Through the Rest of Winter

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Why is it that the last few months of winter can frustratingly seem like the months that seem to drag on the longest, as you are patiently waiting for the thermometer to rise? Year after year, without fail, the cold months take their time leaving; but luckily, that does not mean that you have to endure the last few flurries ill-prepared.

By now, your trusty winter boots that kept you warm throughout the holiday season and led you into the New Year, have probably seen better days. If you find the toes getting more and more worn in and you asking yourself why your feet feel colder and colder, then perhaps the time has come to invest in a new pair.

Shep Best Boots

These 4 classic boots from Sheplers will escort you from the chilly winter months to the warmer days of spring, without having to sacrifice comfort. And when winter rolls around again next year, these boots will gladly prove how they can stand the test of time and snow.

  1. Frye Rand Lace-Up Boots
  2. Justin Basics Roper Cowboy Boots
  3. Old West Smooth Leather Cowboy Boots
  4. Old West Zipper Western Ankle Boots

Best Outerwear for the Last Few Months of Snowmaggedon

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You can finally almost feel it…the worst of Snowmaggedon 2015 has passed. While this particularly brutal winter season repeatedly tested your ability to endure the cold, day after day, you can finally rest assured knowing that the spring is (finally) just around the corner.

Now that your snow coat proves too heavy for the steadily increasing temperatures, and yet it is unfortunately still way too soon to unpack your light spring cover-ups, with a deep sigh, you find yourself in the awkward “in-between” phase of seasons where the elements battle it out daily, alternating between hot & cold and sunny & gloomy.

Just because Mother Nature can’t make up her mind does not mean that you can’t either. Here at Sheplers there is clearly no dilemma over how to get through the last few months of the winter season, our outerwear makes it a whole lot easier to maintain your impeccable style while transitioning to warmer weather.

Shep Best Outerwear

Regardless of whether or not you need something to wear to dinner on a Friday night, or just to get from A to B without freezing in the process, all of these pieces will kick the remaining winter blues.

  1. Scully Oakridge Western Leather Blazer
  2. Outback Trading Co. Grand Prix Vest
  3. Outback Trading Co. Jill-A-Roo Oilskin Jacket
  4. Scully Sherpa Lined Boar Suede Jacket

Sheplers Bullhide Hat Giveaway

ad2Do you have a soft spot for quality hats that don’t lose their shape at the first sign of a raincloud? How about an unwavering love for authentic country music? Would you even go so far as to say that you have an unparalleled appreciation for days that don’t go below 70 degrees? Well my friends, it is your lucky day, because so do we!

In fact, we love all of those things so much that we decided to do a little extra something special to usher in the spring season. Sheplers and your favorite hat company, Bullhide Hats, have come together to make sure that you leave those winter blues behind you.

Since Bullhide Hats pride themselves on “bringing to the world a premium hat with old western charm,” we thought it would be perfect if we coupled their hat with another kind of western charm – Justin Moore.

From February 16th – February 27th enter to win a Bullhide hat signed by none other than Justin Moore!

How to Enter:

  1. Like the Bullhide Hat Co. Facebook Page (click here)
  2. Share and/or comment on this Facebook photo (click here)
  3. Check back to the Sheplers Facebook Page on March 4th to see if you have won!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

The only people harder to buy for on Valentine’s Day other than women, are men. Instead of stressing yourself out and worrying about what on earth to get your Valentine, sit back and relax. This year let Sheplers pick out a gift that will make your valentine wonder how you knew. Don’t worry, we won’t tell!

For the Guy Who Likes to Have a Good Time

Save the expensive clothes and fancy dinners for someone else. These gifts are perfect for the man who prefers to spend the weekend surrounded by fun games, good friends, and even better food.

  1. Dartboard: Mossy Oak Dartboard
  2. Wall Art: Michele Musser Man Cave Framed Wall Art
  3. Stemware: Silverado Glass Stemware
  4. BBQ: Jack Daniel’s BBQ Set

 

For the Classic Cowboy

Perfect for going out on a Saturday night or keeping it casual during the week, every Southern gentleman secretly wants these items in their wardrobe.

  1. Boots: Lucchese Handcrafted 1883 Full Quill Ostrich Cowboy Boots
  2. Cufflinks: Vogt Longhorn Sterling Silver Cuff Links
  3. Phone Case: 12 Gauge Bullet Casting Cell Phone Case
  4. Belt: Nocona Bronco Buckle Leather Belt

 

For the Guy Who Loves Camo

Whether he is always hunting, or just has a mere affinity for the pattern, your Valentine will love these gifts so much, he will not be able to camouflage his excitement.

  1. Boots: Justin Stampede Camo Waterproof Work Boots
  2. Jacket: Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Camo Active Jacket
  3. Wallet: 3D Badger Camo Leather Outdoor Bi-Fold Wallet

Coziest Way to make it to Spring

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As you slowly but surely crawl out of bed, you are sharply reminded that the winter days have not yet past, as a pang of cold air slaps you in the face and makes you question why you haven’t moved to Florida yet.

Since most of us are not lucky enough to live in Miami or an equally obnoxious snow-free, palm tree-laden, season-less city, any comfort to mute the dreary days of winter is welcomed with open arms.

What better way to make the time pass as spring takes its time escorting the cold winter months out, than by curling up in a ridiculously soft blanket or treating your feet to a fur-lined slipper?

Coziest Way to Make it to Spring

These wonderfully cozy items suddenly make the lingering frosty weather seem like a walk in the park. One time wearing the sheepskin slippers and, all of a sudden, you find yourself secretly hoping that the cold weather sticks around for just a little bit longer. Okay, well maybe that is a bit of an over-statement, but you get the point.

  1. Rogue River Carry Along Motor Robe
  2. Women’s Ultimate Sheepskin Slipper Moccasins
  3. Chief Joseph Blanket Pillow
  4. Chinchilla Throw Blanket
  5. Men’s Classic Romeo Slippers

Caring for Your Horse This Winter

Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but every westerner knows that horses are a cowboy’s! These cold winter months can be tough on our larger four-legged friends, but there are plenty of steps you can make to ensure that they are properly taken care of.

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1. Keep Them Out of the Cold

The most important and obvious step is making sure that your stallions and mares are out of frigid temperatures.

2. Provide a Warm Shelter

Having a proper, full-coverage shelter is an absolute must when temperatures start to dip. The shelter should be warm and cozy. Make sure to keep tabs on your horse’s bedding as well, as it needs to remain dry. After you take him out in the snow, make sure that he is dry and check his hooves for ice.

3. Monitor Food Consumption

It is also very important to monitor what and how much your horse is eating. Their appetites or desire to drink may decrease as it gets cold. Keep an eye on them and try to entice them if you notice that food is not being eaten.

4. Check for Icy Water

Remember that water may get icy in the cold weather, so monitor it. You can pour hot water in the trough to ensure that the water is at the right temperature, if you need to.

5. When in Doubt – Go to the Vet

If you notice your horse is acting funny, don’t hesitate to take him to the vet. Problems can quickly escalate when it is very cold outside, so always err on the side of caution.

While the winter months can be tough on your horses, Sheplers knows that if you take right precautions, and follow these simple steps – your horse is sure to last through the winter and happily gallop into spring.

Caring for Your Horse This Winter

Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but every westerner knows that horses are a cowboy’s! These cold winter months can be tough on our larger four-legged friends, but there are plenty of steps you can make to ensure that they are properly taken care of.

Sheplers_Winter_Horse_Care

1. Keep Them Out of the Cold

The most important and obvious step is making sure that your stallions and mares are out of frigid temperatures.

2. Provide a Warm Shelter

Having a proper, full-coverage shelter is an absolute must when temperatures start to dip. The shelter should be warm and cozy. Make sure to keep tabs on your horse’s bedding as well, as it needs to remain dry. After you take him out in the snow, make sure that he is dry and check his hooves for ice.

3. Monitor Food Consumption

It is also very important to monitor what and how much your horse is eating. Their appetites or desire to drink may decrease as it gets cold. Keep an eye on them and try to entice them if you notice that food is not being eaten.

4. Check for Icy Water

Remember that water may get icy in the cold weather, so monitor it. You can pour hot water in the trough to ensure that the water is at the right temperature, if you need to.

5. When in Doubt – Go to the Vet

If you notice your horse is acting funny, don’t hesitate to take him to the vet. Problems can quickly escalate when it is very cold outside, so always err on the side of caution.

While the winter months can be tough on your horses, Sheplers knows that if you take right precautions, and follow these simple steps – your horse is sure to last through the winter and happily gallop into spring.

The Perfect Winter Shoe for Your Child: Cowboy Boots & Western Accessories

It is cold outside and your children’s sneakers are not cutting it. Snow can easily seep into sneakers, leaving socks soaked and toes frozen. If you are looking for the perfect winter shoe for your child, invest in a pair of quality cowboy boots.

Sheplers knows the value of a good cowboy boot. Made of genuine leather, cowboy boots are as durable as they are comfortable. Our classic cowboy heel keeps feet safe and warm, not to mention stylish. Your kids will love all of the varieties that cowboy boots come in, and you will be happy that their feet are not freezing in sneakers anymore!

Complete your children’s western winter look with cowboy accessories. Cowboy hats will keep the wind out of their faces, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Pick up a pink cowboy hat that your little girl will love, or get a traditional brown or black one for your son. Your kids may also need a cowboy belt to hold up their thicker winter britches. If you decide on a western-style belt, be sure to pick out a buckle they will love. There are so many fun styles to choose from!

While the weather may be brutal, you can still keep your kids nice and toasty without sacrificing comfort and style. Start with a pair of good ole cowboy boots…your kids will love them!

How to Wear a Bolo Tie

Now that the denim dress shirt has made a profound comeback, the bolo tie is slowly creeping up the fashion totem pole too. The bolo tie (also known as shoestring necktie) was first introduced as a simple way for men to bring their outfits together and add a little style and flair. The style soon became a Western wear trend, but has fallen to the wayside until recently. If you are looking to add a unique, yet traditional twist to your suits, dress shirts, or chambray shirt, bring this 1940s throwback to your 21st century apparel.bolo

When finding the right outfit to wear a bolo tie with, you do not want to overdo the Western look.  Bolo ties are a sort of statement piece in their own essence, so use them as either a simple addition to an already elaborate suit, or as more of a decorative piece to dress up a more casual look.

If you opt for a bolo tie in place of a regular tie, keep it simple so that it adds the right amount of class. Go for a bolo tie that has a flat silver jewelry piece and two solid black leather braids.

For more of a laid back, every day look, you can use the slider on your bolo tie to hang it lower on your neck, making it look more like a necklace against a simple shirt, jeans, and leather shoes.

Want to make your own bolo tie? Use attractive metal jewelry pieces, flat objects, or polished stones, and attach them to cords of leather and cordage stock for a simple bolo tie that you can wear on any occasion. Or you could visit Sheplers online or retail store in your area, and choose from a wide variety of classic bolo ties for the Western wear aficionado.