Sheryl Crow On the One Pair of Cowboy Boots She's Had Since She Was 14

Grammy winner Sheryl Crow shares the story behind her first pair of cowboy boots.

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Back in high school it seemed like everyone had Dingo boots. When I was 14, I was dying for a pair to go with all my flowy Laura Ashley skirts. The ones I wanted were around $60, which was a lot of money in 1976, so they were the only thing I asked my parents to get me for Christmas that year. When I got them, I couldn't wait to put them on and dress just like Stevie Nicks.

I loved that they were tall, with a square toe, somewhere between an old-school Frye boot and a tried-and-true cowboy boot. The threading in the front is in the shape of a steer head, which I particularly loved because we had three steers out in our front yard.

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I knew they were the kind of boots that would get better with age, and they did. My Dingos have definitely done some livin'. They've traveled with me, come onstage with me. I've worn them on album covers and in music videos. I always bring them to photo shoots because if I'm wearing something more high-fashion, I know my boots will "country it down" a little bit. And whenever I'm stumped for an outfit, I put them on with a pair of jeans, and they still look cool.

They're so worn in at this point that they feel like sneakers. It's crazy to me that I've had them for over 40 years, because every time I put them on, I feel like a kid again.

Crow's collection of apparel, footwear, and accessories is available now on And for more stories like this, pick up the February issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download now.

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