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Wild West Wardrobe: Top 4 Western Outfitters For The Calgary Stampede

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

 

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way  at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

Custom-made cowboy hats made the old fashioned way at Smithbilt Hats. Photo: Jason Dziver

During Stampede season, Calgary street fashion includes everything from business-casual with a bolo tie to head-to-toe cowboy garb. To complete your look, visit some of Calgary’s best-stocked western outfitters.

#4 Calgary Western Outfitter
Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack

Belt buckles are a staple of cowboy fashion, and the general rule is the bigger and more detailed, the better. Carries the official Calgary Stampede 2013 Brass Buckle ($62.95).

Stephen Avenue Walk, 209 – 8 Ave SW, 403-266-5226. www.lammles.com
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Willow Park Village, 10816 Macleod Tr SE, 403-271-4910.
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Sunridge Mall, 2525 – 36 St NE, 403-293-6702. 
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Shawnessy Centre, 230 Shawville Blvd SW, 403-256-6859. 
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Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Tr NW, 403-247-9224. 
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Crowfoot Centre, 98 Crowfoot Terr NW, 403-547-9808. 
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Deerfoot Mall, 901 – 64 Ave NE, 403-275-6877. 
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Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr SW, 403-255-5292.
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#3 Calgary Western Outfitter
Smithbilt Hats

Calgarians don cowboy hats 365 days a year, though during Stampede time, they’re practically mandatory. Invest in a handcrafted lid by local fashion institution Smithbilt Hats. Once you’ve chosen a colour and had your noggin measured, ask about watching the shop’s vintage hat-making process. Each cowboy chapeau is stretched, pressed and steamed by skilled craftspeople. Prices range from $25 to $1,500.

1103 – 12 St SE, 403-244-9131. www.smithbilthats.com
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#2 Calgary Western Outfitter
Riley & McCormick

Traditional western wear as well as pieces with an edge. We like the edgy embroidered skull-and-bones men’s western shirts ($89). The shop also features formal western wear for men as well as women’s line-dancing skirts.

•Calgary International Airport, 403-250-8830. www.realcowboys.com
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•220 – 8 Ave SW, 403-262-1556. www.realcowboys.com
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Alberta Boot Company's huge selection makes it a go-to destination. Photo: Rachel MacKay, courtesy Calgary Tourism

Alberta Boot Company’s huge selection makes it a go-to destination. Photo: Rachel MacKay, courtesy Calgary Tourism

#1 Calgary Western Outfitter
Alberta Boot Company

Complement your new hat with a pair of comfortable and durable leather cowboy boots. Alberta Boot Company  is the destination for a pair of well-built cowboy kicks. Customers can choose from the store’s 8,000 pairs of men’s and women’s boots or opt for a custom-made pair. Boots are available in a variety of colours and are typically made of cowhide—however, the store also specializes in exotic leathers such as python, lizard, alligator, kangaroo, ostrich and elephant. Prices range from $260 to $1,700.

•50 – 50 Ave SE, 403-263-4605. albertaboot.com
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