Neoneocon has a beautiful essay on Fireflies and other childish pleasures.
She posts a photo of her cowgirl outfit, and look at those boots:
When we were little (little enough that my sister hadn’t been born yet) my brother and I cowboy/girl outfits. I was particularly proud of my cap pistols which were shiny and felt heavy to the hand, and of my cowgirl boots, which were black with red inserts.
Neo’s boots look like they had a 3-color pattern. To die for!
(Yes, I should be writing about American and Latin American politics. If you insist, go ahead and write about America exporting its culture. I’d rather think shoes right now.)