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Whether the look you aspire to is bold or conservative, masculine or feminine, modern or traditional, the spirit of the frontier lives on at Drysdales, where you can piece together the perfect American Western wear outfit, head to toe. Drysdales Western Wear looks like it belongs in Oklahoma. Beneath a big, blue sky, the iconic Drysdales building at 31st and Memorial rises up like one of Green Country’s hills and is accented with brick red like Oklahoma clay. Inside, the selection stretches as far as the eye can see — jeans, shirts, boots and jackets. Choices that are perfect whether you’re going for date night or a day’s work. You don’t have to be a “real” cowboy to shop there. Whatever your north, south, east or Western wear needs, Drysdales can set you up. The iconic store has even grown into more than a shopping experience; it’s a tourist destination. An adventure. Drysdales prides itself on its selections and keeps 100,000 pairs of demin jeans in stock. “We try to dominate the major categories that we carry like boots, denim jeans and Western shirts,” says Jim McClure, the president, principal owner and CEO of Drysdales Western Wear. “When someone walks into our boot department, they immediately think, ‘I know the boots for me are here. I just need to decide which one that is,’” he says. “The same would be true if they were looking for a pair of jeans or a Western shirt.” McClure and his buyers are actively involved in going to markets, selecting the products and going out into the store to help customers in the store with those products. “Essentially, we do retail the old-fashioned way, but with the help of modern technology,” he says. It’s a way of doing business that he learned from Drysdale’s founder, J.R. Dry, Sr. “I’m the last one from the original group who is still here,” McClure says. Dry grew up during the Depression, and like many from that era, he found nothing better than getting up in the morning and going to work. He fought in World War II and after that he started a restaurant in Wichita [Kan.]. The restaurant was considered one of the best in Wichita for the 20 years that he owned it. After he sold the restaurant, he bought Sheplers Western store in Wichita. When he bought it, it was a small store which he immediately started expanding. Over the next five years, he built a bigger location next to the original store and added on to that store a couple of times until it was around 60,000 square feet. He

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