This month, I thought I would write about something Mexican, in time for Cinco de Mayo. Only for my Mexican friend to tell me that Cinco de Mayo is more of a celebration in the USA than it is in Mexico. But no matter. It is the month of May, and I’ll write about something Mexican, just because I may 🙂
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May. It is celebrated (funnily enough) on the 5th of May. It commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May 1862. Even though the French ultimately won the war, the Mexican victory on the 5th of May was important because the French army was much better equipped and outnumbered the Mexican army. Despite this, the Mexicans still managed to defeat the French.
This month, I’m writing about a funny type of footwear from Mexico. They are called ‘botas picudas mexicanas’ (literally: Mexican pointy boots) or ‘botas tribaleras’ (tribal boots). These boots originated about 5 or 6 years ago in the north of Mexico. Matehuala, a city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí has been credited as the birthplace of these boots.
As the name suggests, these boots are very pointy. They are leather boots with a very long, pointy tip. They are associated with tribal guarachero music, which is a type of electronic dance music. Botas tribaleras are worn by men when dancing to tribal music. It has given rise to male dance groups who wear cowboy hats, matching costumes with skinny jeans, and of course pointy boots, while dancing to this music.
But why am I writing about these boots, when you can see them in all their hilarious glory in the following short documentary.