It’s that time of year again, when the city starts preparing for ten days of The Calgary Stampede. From July 6 through 15, the city goes wild for cowboy culture, celebrating with a variety of events, outdoor thrills and delicious eats.
Whether you’re visiting for one of the city’s numerous pancake breakfasts, heading to the Stampede grounds or going out on the town, cowboy fashion is key. Where recommends investing in western flair from one-of-a-kind Calgary retailers.
Available at Riley & McCormick (220 – 8 Ave SW) the Canadian made “Boulet” zip on women’s boot ($199.90) is a fashion-forward Stampede piece that can be worn year-round. The store has been in business longer than the Stampede itself and carries a selection of cowboy boots, hats, moccasins and western wear. The store has a second location on the departures level of the main terminal at the Calgary International Airport (2000 Airport Rd NE).
One-of-a-kind Stampede fashion finds including vintage cowboy boots, button-up blouses and flared jeans can be found at Cat’s Eye Vintage (205, 1235 – 17 Ave SW). The recently reopened boutique specializes in retro and vintage clothing from 1920 to 1980.
Ben Sherman shirts ($100–$150) have arrived at trendy clothing boutique Purr (1220 Kensington Rd NW, 601 – 17 Ave SW, 225 – 7 Ave SW) just in time for Stampede. While these shirts are slightly more contemporary than typical western attire, the fit and style add urban flair to the otherwise basic button-up.
Other unique western wear retailers that deserve a visit include Alberta Boot Company (50 – 50 Ave SW) for custom cowboy boots and Smithbilt Hats (1103 12 St SE) for stylish cowboy headgear (or non-western hats like fedoras), including Calgary’s famous hat of merit: the white Stetson.
Visit Where Calgary‘s shopping listings for more local western-wear retailers.