Jax Wouldn’t Want You to Miss Our Motorcycle Vest Sale!

Distressed 10 pocket motorcycle vest

In case you have been living in a cave, the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy premiered this week. And boy, was this episode a doozy. It appears that the tragic events at the end of season six have put Jax Teller into an incredibly dark place. This season has started off with the Sons put into some pretty disturbing situations. Season-long speculation here has already begun: what will happen when Jax finds out what Gemma did (yes, we predict that he will find out)? What will Jax do with Juice when he finds him? Will the show end with Jax fulfilling Tara’s dream – riding off into the sunset, taking his sons away from Charming and the club?

To mark the beginning of the end of one of our favorite television shows, Rocky Top Leather invites you to shop our closeout sale on motorcycle vests. We have several styles of leather vests that need to go, so we can make room for spring stock. Our prices have been slashed, and we are even including a bonus to sweeten the deal. Rocky Top Leather will throw in a skull mask with every men’s vest sold, for a limited time while supplies last. We hope that a skull mask will make you feel a little more SOA on a chilly morning ride this fall.

Our selection of motorcycle vests are made of the highest quality leather, canvas, and denim. We are also proud to be your go-to source for all other kinds of motorcycle gear. Whether you want luggage, a helmet, chaps, gloves, boots, or a full jacket, we have hundreds of products to fulfill your needs.  We even carry some Sons of Anarchy licensed beanie hats! If you are looking for something specific, or if you have any questions about our motorcycle vests, call us at 1-877-774-9130. Our customer service team is available to help you from 10 AM to 6 PM EST.

Two Things You Must Pack for Labor Day Weekend

For many families, Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah before the kids are back to school. It’s a great time to reflect upon another summer behind us, and to look forward to cool fall weather that’s just ahead. Millions of us will hit the road for one last weekend getaway. Whether you are headed to the mountains, the beach, or just down the road, here are two things you must pack for your Labor Day weekend getaway.

Shady Brady hatLet’s start at the top: your head. You need a good hat if you’re going to spend a couple more days enjoying the sunshine. One of our very favorites is the Shady Brady Hat with Cord Hat Band. This vented hat will protect you from the sun but allow your scalp to breathe, and won’t make you sweat. This hat is super simple, which means that it’s perfect for men and women alike, and will go perfectly with literally anything you want to wear with it. And maybe best of all, it’s crushable. So if you cram it into your suitcase, you can pop it back into shape when you arrive at your destination, and you’re ready to rock and roll.

old gringo sora

And then to get to the bottom of it all, you need excellent footwear. If you’re doing any sort of walking, shopping, strolling, or sightseeing, you need comfortable and versatile shoes that will carry you anywhere. Ladies, look no further than the Old Gingo Boot Sora. Oh man, these boots are painfully cute. With an 8″ shaft of grainy, supple leather embroidered in bright and cheerful flowers, the Sora has a traditional silhouette and a nice heel. The short shaft makes them perfect for pairing with a summer dress, but they will serve you equally well in the cooler months when paired with your favorite skinny jeans.

For Labor Day weekend and every other weekend, Rocky Top Leather has the cool gear that you want. For the most fashionable cowboy hats and the trendiest cowboy boots, we take great pride in offering the best quality at the lowest prices you’ll find. This Labor Day weekend, you can browse our impressive selection and take advantage of our flat rate shipping.

Football Season Means Gameday Boots Are Back!

gameday cowboy bootsIt’s happened again – football season is upon us. With college football starting in a few days and the NFL preseason already in full swing, now is the time to snag a pair of your favorite college team’s gameday boots. Anybody can wear a school t-shirt – step up your swag game with a cool new pair of gameday boots.

From the tailgate to the stadium, you will no doubt turn heads all day long in a pair of these spectacular gameday boots. Each pair is carefully crafted from 100% genuine leather. Your school’s logo or mascot is meticulously stitched onto the shaft with complementary thread colors. Some designs put another graphic on top of the toe, and most of them also feature cool embroidered designs all over the boot. A few of these designs even have the school name embroidered onto the pull tabs at the top of the shaft. You are sure to attract attention wherever you wear your gameday boots.

We carry a great selection of gameday boots for men and women. If you have a loved one who is a die-hard college football fanatic, you will be hard pressed to find a better gift than a pair of these beauties. We even stock some designs for branches of the United States military, so whether you are a fan of the Army’s football team or you are an Army family (or maybe both), you can share your pride in a very unique way with a pair of these boots.

Check out our full selection of gameday boots, but don’t panic if you don’t find your school. All you have to do is call us and let us know what school you want, and we will get it for you. Each pair is built to provide lasting comfort and durability. We think that when you buy a pair of gameday boots, you should be proud and comfortable wearing them just about anywhere, and not just on game days. So check out our selection of men’s and women’s gameday boots; if we don’t have your school displayed on our website, just give us a call at 877-774-9130.

How to Make Your Cowboy Boots Last Longer

cowboy bootsWhen you find a pair of cowboy boots that you really love, it’s often hard to wear anything else. There’s nothing quite like a pair of boots that fits you just right and goes well with everything in your closet. So when that pair of cowboy boots wear out and can’t be worn anymore, it can be like losing a friend. The good news is, if you pay some care and attention to your favorite pair of cowboy boots, they could last a lifetime. Here are easy things you can do to make your cowboy boots last longer.

  • Start by purchasing only high-quality boots that are made by a reputable company, and make sure they are the correct size. When it comes to cowboy boots, there is some truth to the old adage “you get what you pay for.” A good pair of Corral, Lucchese, or Old Gringo boots will last longer, not to mention feel way more comfortable, than any boots you buy at a big-box discount store.
  • Remove dirt and dust regularly to keep your boots clean and looking good. If you’ve been out in the mud, a good scrub, conditioning, and polish is in order.
  • If your cowboy boots get wet, let them air dry. Never dry them near any kind of heat source, such as a wood stove, furnace vent, or hair dryer. This will destroy the leather.
  • When removing your boots at the end of the day, don’t use the left boot’s toe to slide the right heel off your foot, and vice versa. This will damage the heels of your cowboy boots. Use the boot tabs at the top of the shaft to pull the boots off.
  • Store your boots upside down to avoid wrinkling along the shaft. Also, make sure that your pets can’t access your boots; not only will this avoid chewing damage, but cats rubbing on your boots will leave behind hair and oils, which can discolor the leather.

Following these basic steps will keep your high-quality cowboy boots looking good for many years. Rocky Top Leather proudly carries a wide range of men’s and women’s cowboy boots from the best brands in the business. In addition, we offer an excellent selection of boot care products you can use to maintain the condition of your boots. Check out our selection of cowboy boots – you are sure to fall in love with a pair or two.

CMA Music Festival: Where Fans, Fashion and Fun Meet

2014 CMA Music FestivalCMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock was actually filmed over a four-day span in June. The magic of editing transformed the best performances at the festival into a three-hour television special for the enjoyment of those of us who couldn’t make it to the real deal. This year’s special was hosted by Little Big Town, who also interviewed some of the biggest names in country music. Outstanding festival performances by Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, and so many more country superstars kept the show rocking.

So why do the biggest names in country music continue to gather in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival summer after summer? Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says, “Because this is all about the fans. Country artists never forget where we came from and who got us here. They take photos with us, we hear their stories, meet their new children and grandchildren. It’s heaven.”

Schlapman says that even stars like her get starstruck at the CMA Music Festival. “[LBT's] Karen Fairchild and I got to interview Tim McGraw, only we turned into goofy, giddy schoolgirls and lost the ability to talk in complete sentences.” It’s probably safe to say that the rest of us would have had the same reaction!

One of the most talked-about parts of this year’s CMA Music Festival was not just the performance by Lambert & Underwood, but their short shorts and metallic corsets. While Rocky Top Leather doesn’t carry corsets, we do have some pretty fierce ladies leather vests and halter tops. You’re on your own for the barely-there shorts. And if you also admired Lambert’s metallic silver cowboy boots, you should check out our impressive selection of womens’ cowboy boots from top brands including Twisted X, Corral, Circle G, and Old Gringo. And as always, our fast shipping, excellent customer service, and unbeatable prices are yours to enjoy!

2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to Debut Electric Hog

sturgis motorcycle rallyThe 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off this weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The yearly event showcases entertainment, activities, and new products that center around Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the riders who love them. Test ride opportunities will include Project RUSHMORE bikes, LowRider, and SuperLow 1200T models. Over in the women’s area, Rebel One is hosting the JUMPSTART Rider Experience and Bike Lift Seminars on how to properly lift a dropped motorcycle. Plus, a stunt show and displays by companies including Craftsman and Weber mean that there is plenty to see, do, try, and buy in Sturgis this year.

One exciting addition to this year’s rally is Project LiveWire, which is Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle. While Project LiveWire is not yet available for sale, it will be prominently displayed in Sturgis to generate interest and gauge the public’s reaction to the electric bike. An electric Harley could drive a whole new wave of riders to the popular brand. But what will die-hard Harley fans think of a silent hog? We are eager to find out!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Harley Davidson and Marvel Studios announced that Project LiveWire will be featured in next summer’s installment of The Avengers movie franchise. Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, will ride a LiveWire in the film. Harley’s Street 750 will also return to the blockbuster franchise, probably as Captain America’s (Chris Evans) ride.

Unfortunately, Rocky Top Leather isn’t attending the rally because we are busy stocking the best merchandise we can find for our customers. If you are attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this week, we would love it if you would visit our Facebook page and share some photos of your experiences with us.

Big Back-to-School Savings on Kids Cowboy Boots

hotpink kids cowboy bootsParents, here we are again: school shopping season. Sometimes I think it would be nice to just buy something like a suit of armor for my son and be done with it. A suit of armor would be ultra-durable, and when he grows a few inches, we can just add an extra piece of metal here or there to make the suit bigger.

Suit of armor is dirty? A damp cloth will take care of that.

Wore a hole in the knee? (Yep, leave it to my kid to put a hole through a piece of metal.) Just replace that chunk of knee metal. Good as new.

Unfortunately, a suit of armor is probably not considered fashion-forward at my son’s school. Until that day comes, parents want highly durable clothes and footwear for our kids. We want stuff that will last at least until it’s outgrown by one child, preferably more. This is one thing that makes kids cowboy boots spectactular – they are definitely built to last.

Rocky Top Leather stocks high-quality, stylish kids cowboy boots for children of all sizes and sensibilities. From newborns to big kids, we have great boots for your entire brood. For your girly girls we have super cute pink and white cowgirl boots; embroidered hearts, stars, and wings; fringe and tassles. For your rough-and-tumble girls and your little boys, we have lots of other options for colors and styles of kids cowboy boots. With brands like Roper, John Deere, and Twisted X, you will have no problem outfitting each child with just the right pair of kids cowboy boots for their personality and style.

Perhaps the best part of Rocky Top Leather’s selection of kids cowboy boots is our unbeatable prices. We consistently set our prices well below suggested retail. Plus, when you pay with PayPal, you could avoid payments and interest for six months. And with our $9.95 flat rate shipping, your kids cowboy boots can arrive at your door, for much less expense than you might expect.

Get a super-easy jump start on your school shopping – check out our entire selection of kids cowboy boots by clicking here.

5 Steps to Properly Maintain Your Cowboy Boots

Corral cowboy boots rhinestone cross wingYour trusty leather cowboy boots serve you well. Whether your days involve working, running errands, chasing kids, showing horses, or all of the above, your cowboy boots carry you through in comfort and style. They ask very little in return, but eventually, neglect will make your boots look haggard. Think about it – leather is skin, and it needs to be cleaned and conditioned regularly, just like the skin on your face. Below are five easy steps to keeping your cowboy boots looking good for many more years to come.

  1. Clean your cowboy boots with leather cleaner and a damp cloth after you wear them. Just getting the dust of the day off your boots will do a lot of good for them.
  2. Occasionally condition your boots with the appropriate product for their specific material type. Suede, finished leather, and exotic materials all have different conditioner requirements. Only condition your boots when they start losing their luster.
  3. Apply a water and stain protectant after conditioning your boots. This will prevent damage to the leather and keep them looking good.
  4. Always allow wet cowboy boots to air-dry naturally. Never dry your boots with a heat source, such as a blow dryer or a heat vent. This can cause serious damage to the leather.
  5. Store your boots in a way that keeps them from folding over and developing unsightly creases. A boot tree works great for this purpose, or you can just stuff some paper in them to keep them upright.

Rocky Top Leather carries several high-quality leather care products that will help you clean and maintain your cowboy boots. One of our favorite leather care products is the Auburn Leather Complete 3 Step Leather Care System. This complete leather care package includes leather cleaner, weatherproofer/conditioner, and color restorer that will help you cowboy boots look like new for a long time to come. Check out this Auburn leather care bundle and our other leather care products by clicking here.

It’s True – Cowboy Hats Can Help You Avoid Skin Cancer!

cowboy hatSince July is UV Safety Month, you know we have to take a moment to talk about cowboy hats. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America? The good news is that skin cancer is preventable!

Everyone likes to spend lots of time outside during the summer. The warm weather and sunshine draw us outside for barbecues, festivals, picnics, days at the beach, and so many more fun activities. Having fun and celebrating with those we love is important, but all of that time outside can end up costing your skin its health. But if you follow a few basic sun safety guidelines, including wearing a cowboy hat, you can save your skin from premature wrinkles, splotching, and cancer.

  1. Stay in the shade as much as you can. For instance, choose a picnic table at the park that’s under a big, shady tree. Even carrying an umbrella to the beach can be a big help.
  2. Apply sunscreen at least every two hours. Be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15. The more time you spend in the sun, the higher SPF you need. If you go swimming, be sure to re-apply sunscreen after you towel off.
  3. Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Yes, sun exposure can also damage your eyes. It causes cataracts and can lead to blindness!
  4. If you can plan ahead, check the UV index at www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html. If the UV index is at 6 or above, consider switching your plans to an indoor activity, or move your event to another day to reduce your UV exposure.
  5. Put on a cowboy hat with a nice, wide brim. It will offer more sun protection than a baseball cap, and can help avoid getting a “raccoon eyes” tan line on your face from your sunglasses. A cowboy hat will prevent sunburns on your scalp and ears – two places most people don’t apply sunscreen.

Rocky Top Leather carries just about any kind of cowboy hat you could think of. Our favorite cowboy hats for wearing in the summer are made of straw. They offer great sun protection, and their light material makes them breathable and cool to wear in the summer heat. We even carry crushable straw cowboy hats, which are great if you are traveling or need to stuff your hat into a beach bag. You can check out all of Rocky Top Leather’s cowboy hats by clicking here.

Why Your Wedding Party Should Wear Cowboy Boots

cowboy boots weddingYour wedding is not just about sealing the deal with your partner in front of friends, family, and the Lord. All of the choices you make in the planning of your wedding represent who you are as a person: you choose your favorite colors, flowers, and food to share with everyone in attendance. You select a beautiful wedding dress that you fall in love with. Your wedding party is composed of ladies who mean the world to you. Maybe you even write your own vows – thoughts and feelings about your partner that come straight from the heart.

So if cowboy boots represent who you are and what you like, why not get married in them? It may seem un-traditional, and you may receive some flack for it, but you should be true to yourself when planning your wedding.

Cowboy boots come in all sorts of styles with any kind or color of embellishments you can think of. Coordinating your wedding party’s cowboy boots with the colors and style of your wedding will definitely not be a problem.

Having your wedding party wear cowboy boots will also help make your wedding memorable for all of your guests. It’s a unique detail that your friends and family will fondly chat about for years to come. Plus, think of all the great wedding photo opportunities!

You know how comfortable cowboy boots are. Your wedding day will likely be long and busy, and wearing some super comfortable cowboy boots will help keep you going throughout all of the running, walking, and dancing during your special day.

For some inspiration, check out the following styles of women’s cowboy boots available from Rocky Top Leather:

Rocky Top Leather hopes to help outfit your wedding party with some fantastic cowboy boots. Complete our contact form for additional information about any of our cowboy boots, or other products or services.

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