A prime piece of '60s kitsch -- do seek out the priceless circa 1966 promo video, complete with dozens of boot-clad dancing girls doing the frug in unison -- Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" is best enjoyed on a shallow level. Certainly that's how Sinatra herself seems to feel about the song, even as she poses in knee-high boots at every opportunity: she's made more than a few mildly disparaging comments about the song itself over the years. And yet while there's something to be said for the fact that if the gender roles were reversed, as songwriter/producer Lee Hazlewood originally intended, many would consider the song horribly misogynistic, Sinatra treats the lyrics with such a tossed-off sense of detachment that it's impossible to treat them at all seriously. So what one is left with is that simultaneously corny and wicked-cool descending bass riff, the prominent percussion and mariachi trumpets, and Sinatra's own purring vocals, and that's enough to make it at the very least a guilty pleasure (for those who believe in such things) and a shining example of a mid-'60s novelty gem. Most of the many covers are pretty awful, but Lisa Germano deserves a mention for her 1993 reworking of the song (on the original Capitol issue of her album Happiness, but not the 4AD reissue), which removes the kitsch entirely in favor of a stomping, seethingly angry attack.