Two huge dates — one for a movie, the other for a festival — matter to Allens Boots: 1980 and 1987.
The venerable Western wear store — its giant red boot is an Austin landmark — opened on South Congress Avenue on Oct. 1, 1977. Three years later, the movie “Urban Cowboy” swept the nation off its feet and made “Texas chic” a global craze in fashion, food and music.
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Michael Barnes writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history.