Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks over to talk to reporters after driving up in a Tesla Motors Type S electric car in Sacramento, Calif., on June 10. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doesn't wear cowboy boots anymore for health reasons. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (R) doesn't like it.

“Tell Rick that boots can be purchased with normal heels,” he told the Austin American-Stateman's Ken Herman for a column Herman wrote about boots. “I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction.”

Perry has stopped wearing cowboy boots with an arched heel in favor of flat shoes because of back problems he's suffered in recent years. Slow recovery from back surgery in 2011 had a "big impact" on Perry's 2012 presidential campaign, a top strategist has said.

Patterson's response? "Feeble excuse."

(H/T Political Wire)