Who are you?
I’m Jessie Johnson. Marketing Director/Event Coordinator for Waterloo Records and I make mixed media art that you can take a gander at here.

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What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
My lace up Justin Ropers that I bought used probably in 2010. I wear them all throughout the year, in all seasons and just had them re-soled at Austin Shoe Hospital thank god.

They are black, look like a standard men’s lace up boot when the cowboy fringe is removed (which I did right away). They’re tough, weather resistant. I work a lot of outdoor festivals and concerts and I can work hard, lifting and carrying all manner of gear and still look a tad stylish or my version of. They do look pretty alright with shorts or dresses but I wear jeans 99% of the time. They aren’t steel toed but still have protected me from many a foot injury. They’re still comfortable after wearing them all day and I can ride my bike home in them

Where did you get them?
Feathers Boutique on South Congress!

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Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes:
Man, everything has happened to me while wearing them. I have hiked, gone on bike rides, worked (kind of) important events for the store and even run in these boots with some to lesser degrees of success. In fact I was wearing them on my son’s first, official, no-training-wheels bike ride. He just took off while I was running like mad to catch up along behind him. I’ll never forget that. I also had a terrible/hilarious fall in them during the great flood of ACL Fest last year. I had just gotten to see my all time favorite band, The Cure and was heading back all bleary eyed to the production trailers when the sky opened up and it just started raining buckets. More than buckets, like Niagara Falls rain. For some reason I decided that it was critical to stay dry so I took off at a dead run slipping and totally waxing it on the metal steps to the production trailer. I mean it was a full on yard sale kind of fall. My radio, cell phone, everything went flying. I was bruised and sore for weeks after. Hey, maybe if I’d been wearing some boots with a little tread, this wouldn’t have happened. Scratch this, these aren’t my favorite shoes.

What sign are you?
My husband brought home a sign for me once after he’d been out on a run in the neighborhood. It says, “Cowboy Butts Drive Me Nuts”. I can’t really think of a better sign than that.

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