Let’s face it— when you’re shopping for cowboy boots, you fall into one of two categories: you know exactly what you want or you have no idea. For those in the second crowd, we have put together 5 guidelines to help you find your perfect pair!
1. First Things First: Function or Fashion?
Deciding the purpose of your boots is a good place to start. What role will they play in your wardrobe? Your traditional cowboy boot, built for function, is made to be comfortable and durable. The fashion cowboy boot is made to make a statement or add accent to your outfit. While those are the two main categories, there are also styles that toe the line between function and fashion.
2. Choose a Leather
Once you know the role your boots will play, you’ll know what leather will be practical.
- Goat: A classic, all-purpose traditional leather for cowboy boots, goat leather doesn’t have a distinctive texture or pattern. It’s smooth texture is what makes it a go-to for a traditional cowboy boot look. Goat leather is tough and will break in quickly, becoming soft within the first few wears.
- Snakeskin: Nothing is more striking as a snakeskin boot! This cowboy boot leather is definitely meant to make a statement. Keep in mind that this leather requires the most maintenance and care. While other hides contain natural oils to help keep the leather supple, snakeskin does not. This means conditioner should be applied more frequently than with other leathers.
- Ostrich: Ostrich leather is the most durable, breathable leather out there and gets significantly softer with time. It is also visually distinctive. Full quill ostrich leather is textured, with bumps where the feathers were plucked. Ostrich leg is also a distinct leather with a pattern that is reminisce of scales. Ostrich leg is often mistaken for snakeskin. Ostrich leather is also distinct from other cowboy boot leather because it is soft right off the bat, while other leathers can take a few wears to become soft.
- Lizard: Much like ostrich and snakeskin, lizard leather has a very distinct look. Often finished with a high gloss, lizard cowboy boots are often worn for formal occasions and with business attire. The natural structure of the leather, stiff rows, means lizard cowboy boots won’t soften a whole lot, but will keep their shape nicely over time. Like snakeskin, lizard leather requires regular maintenance and conditioning to prevent cracking or splitting.
- Caiman: The most common of the exotic leathers, caiman leather is often chosen for its stunning and distinctive patterns. Tough and durable, this leather keeps its shape, but also softens up quite a bit after a few wears.
Leathers Pictured: Caiman Alligator | Full Quill Ostrich | Ostrich Leg | Lizard | Python | Goat
3. Style Details
Next up, you need to consider style details that make up your perfect boot. Consider the length of the shaft (knee-high, traditional, ankle), the height of the heel, the toe style (pointed, round, or square) and the material of the sole (leather or rubber).
Toe Styles Pictured: Roper | 7 (Square) | 6 (Round) | 5 (Snip)
4. Small Embellishments
Once you have an idea for the basic silhouette, it’s time to consider the small details that will set your cowboy boots apart from the rest. Details that show your personal style! From fringe and rhinestones, to stitching and inlay, there are thousands of options and combinations.
5. Getting the Right Fit
Once you have a good idea of what type of boot you want, it’s time to start finding your size. At Allens, we encourage you to try on multiple pairs. Fit can vary by leather, style and maker so it’s important to slip on a few pairs and decide which is most comfortable. A perfect fit means your toes are comfy with wiggle room, and the leather should be snug across the widest part of your foot. (The leather will stretch where pressure is applied.) You should also feel your heel lift in the back of the boot.
Below you will find several tips and tricks to buying the perfect cowboy boots for your feet. Each tip will help you make sure the cowboy boots you�re trying on will be good to you and your feet for the long term. While each tip should be considered when trying on your new cowboy boots, in the end, what matters most is how they feel. There is no exact formula for trying on cowboy boots. Ultimately, your feet will let you know almost whether the cowboy boots you just slipped on are right for them.
When cowboy boots are fitted properly, your feet should feel good. All cowboy boots fit differently, which is why at Langston�s Western Wear, we offer FREE RETURNS on all cowboy boots, so you can buy with confidence, knowing that if the boots don�t work for you, we�ll pay for the return shipping.
Differences in brand, leather, and style, all can affect the way a boot fits. For example, a cowboy boot from Tony Lama in size 9 will fit differently than a Justin in the same size. This is also true when trying different styles, a Justin Roper will fit differently than a Justin �Pointy Toe� style cowboy boot.
One of the most over looked aspects of trying on new cowboy boots is the socks that are worn when you try them on. When determining whether a cowboy boot fits, take an assessment as to the thickness of the socks you normally wear and if possible try on the boots with socks in the correct thickness. If this is not possible please allow for the socks� thickness in the fitting process. Also if this will be your first pair of cowboy boots, you may want to buy boot socks or calf high athletic socks.
Normally it is easiest to sit down and try on a cowboy boot while seated. However sometimes certain brands are made to fit snuggly around the arch for better support and it may be necessary to stand while trying on. Note: when you pull on the cowboy boots you should hear a soft �pop� when your foot drops into the boot.
Finding the Ball of the Foot:
You might need assistance with this step. You should stand with normal weight distribution on each foot to determine a proper fit. First, you will need to find the widest part of your foot. We will call it the ball of your foot. The most important thing when fitting a boot is to make sure the ball of your foot is at the widest part of the boot. This will alleviate any undue stress on your feet. If you find that it is too far forward or too far back, you may need to try a different size.
Next, evaluate if the boots have ample toe room. Everyone foot is different and some people have toes a little longer or shorter than others. Usually if you have at least a thumbs width between your toes and the end of the boot, this will give you enough toe room. Most boot companies put extra reinforcement in the toe area called the �toe cap�. This extra reinforcement is stiff and if the toe cap is bothering you in any way, you may need a larger size.
To determine if the width you have is correct, you will need to look straight down at your foot while standing. The boot should be a little snug, but you should be able to see the stitching on the outsole of the cowboy boot on either side. If you do not, you may need a wider width. Selecting the width is very important in getting the right cowboy boots for your feet. If you do not select the correct width, the leather may become too loose and cause the boot to feel sloppy or if the boot is too snug it may cause discomfort and also weaken the leather causing it to come unstitched or become worn down by the outsole.
Also, make sure that the boot shank and the arch of your foot have matching curves, this means that the arch is hitting your foot where it feels comfortable. Some people have higher or lower arches or no arches at all, so what might feel comfortable to one person may not be to another person. Keep in mind that if something is causing discomfort now, the chances are that it will not go away. So, if the boots do not feel right, they might not be the boots for you.
You can determine if your boots fit across the instep by taking the leather between your thumb and index finger and rubbing your thumb across the instep. If the boots are too loose a large wrinkle will appear. A very slight wrinkle means the boots fit properly.
While it may feel funny that your heel slips in the back of the boot, a little heel slippage is normal. Usually about a quarter to a half of an inch is fine. The reason for this slippage is, since the boots have not been worn, the outsole of the boot is still stiff and needs to be �broken in�. After the boots have been worn and the outsole of the boot has been flexed a few times, heel slippage should stop and give you a comfortable wearing boot.
You don’t have to be a cowboy to wear a pair of cowboy boots. Want proof? Just take a look around the next time you are out and about and you will see both men and women alike sporting their favorite pair of cowboy boots. If you are interested in a pair of cowboy boots there are several things that you should consider before you decide what you are going to purchase.
Knowing what you are looking at and what you want the boots for can mean the difference between buying a pair of cowboy boots that will be a great comfort to your feet and buying a pair that will leave many blisters behind. Here is what to look for:
• Style: There are hundreds if not thousands of styles of cowboy boots that you can choose from but the western style boots that are so popular fall into two categories. The first is traditional and the second is fashion. The traditional boots have more of that classic look that has been around since the age of the cowboys and are the kind of boots that you would see in an old western film. The fashion boots have a more urban or contemporary look to them and are generally worn by women. These boots were made popular by movie starts like Jessica Simpson, who actually has a line of cowboy boots.
• Material: With cowboy boots you definitely get what you pay for. If you find a pair of boots that are extremely cheap that will be because they are made of cheap materials. Leather is the material of choice when it comes to cowboy boots but there a number of other materials that are popular as well which include crocodile skin, python or snake skin, and ostrich hide. A pair of boots made with quality materials will definitely cost you more, but they will also stand the test of time much better than that of an inferior pair.
• Shank: The shank is the upper part of the boot and can range significantly in how high up the leg it comes. The traditional style has the shank covering the entire calf while the more contemporary styles, also known as packer and stockman boots, usually come up to just under the calf and these types are more often worn by women. Shank height is strictly a personal preference.
• Toe: You can choose a more pointed look here or go with a more rounded toe; it is really all up to you. The traditional boots of the old west had the more pointed toe, so if you want the traditional look go for the pointed look.
• Heel: Here is a point that many overlook. If you are buying your boots and intend on dancing in them then you want to be sure that the heel is not too tall. There is no set standard here, just consider what you will be doing in your boots.
Finally, be sure that you actually try on your boots before you buy them. Cowboy boots come in so many styles and colors but if they don’t fit your foot properly then there is really no point in buying them. When you do go cowboy boot shopping, plan on blocking out some time because just when you think you have found the perfect pair, another pair will catch your eye and call out your name.
Posted by Pinto Ranch on Apr 19th 2019
Have you always wanted to buy a pair of handmade cowboy boots? Are you a little afraid of buying them online? Are you worried they won’t fit right?
Pinto Ranch is here to help you. We combined our boot-fitting experience to make this comprehensive cowboy boots buying guide for you.
We’ll cover how to try on boots to make sure they fit and include other useful tips to make it easier to buy the cowboy boots you love online.
We have more than 5,000 handmade cowboy boots at Pinto Ranch, so we KNOW we can find the perfect pair for you!
How to Try on Cowboy Boots
When you buy your new cowboy boots online, you’ll want to check them when they arrive. We made a perfect fit checklist for you. If your answer is yes to all the following questions, congratulations! Your boots fit!
- Did your foot audibly pop into the boot?
- Is the ball of your foot in the widest part of the boot?
- Is the point of your toe in the middle of the toe box or about 1 inch from the end?
- Do your toes have wiggle room?
- Does the boot fit like a firm handshake across your instep?
- Is there a 1/4 inch slip in the heel?
Anatomy of Handmade Cowboy Boots
To make sure you get the absolute best fitting handmade cowboy boot, we came up with this chart. It includes everything you need to know about the anatomy of handmade western boots .
Order Cowboy Boots in the Right Size
Cowboy boots won’t do you any good if they don’t fit properly! To get the right sized boots, start with your current shoe size.
Most handmade boots will fit just like a dress shoe, but each boot maker has their own unique fit. We put together this handy list for you to keep in mind how each brand does things differently.
Fit Guide by Brand
Lucchese Classics : The Lucchese Classics are made with a proprietary “twisted cone last” that doesn’t fit everyone. Besides that, these boots tend to run true to size.
Old Gringo and Double D Ranch by Old Gringo : Old Gringo sizing is very consistent and true to size.
Stallion Boots : We recommend going up a 1/2 size in Stallion due to their more European fit.
Rios of Mercedes Boots : We also recommend going up a 1/2 size in Rios.
Black Jack Boots for Pinto Ranch : Black Jack fits similar to Lucchese and are true to size.
Tony Lama Signature Series : Another cowboy boot that is true to size, but it tends to run a bit narrow.
These are our recommendations based on years of boot-fitting experience; however, each foot is different. If you fall between two sizes, order a 1/2 size larger. You can always wear thicker boot socks or get cushioned insoles for a better fit!
Determine Your Boot Width
Next, determine the width of the boot you need. Typically, most people wear the same width as their normal shoe size.
Women’s Cowboy Boots are typically sized in A, B and C widths.
* Our women’s collection from Stallion are all C width because the Stallion last is narrow. So in this brand, a C is considered Medium/Average.
Men’s Cowboy Boots are typically sized in B, D and EE widths.
Not so fun fact: Our feet get wider with age and weight. This can change the size/length as well as the width measurement of your foot. This also means the cowboy boots you bought 10 years ago might not be the size you need today. Feel free to call us and talk to our boot experts if you have any questions about buying boots! Check out the Cowboy Boot Size Charts page for more general information on fit and sizing.
Common Fit Frustrations
High Foot Arch?
We suggest a boot by Stallion Boots as they tend to have a looser instep and the Stallion Zorro Boots feature a zipper for easy entry.
Two Different Sized Feet?
60% of people have one foot bigger than the other. If this is you, we suggest matching the size of your larger foot. Using a cushioned insole or thicker socks will make up the difference for the smaller foot.
For our flat-footed friends, Roper boots will be the most comfortable. Ropers are made to fit more like a shoe with a low walking heel and round toe.
All calves are not created equal. Lucky for you, we have many western boot shapes and sizes. A Roper style , Stallion Zorro or any boot shorter than the traditional 12” shaft height should do just fine. We can also put the boots on boot stretchers to stretch the shaft, but only by about 1” wider. Any more stretching may damage the integrity of the boot.
Still have questions? Please give us a call to speak with one of our boot experts at 800.393.8001.
Found the perfect fit? Share how you’re styling your new kicks with us on Instagram with #WesternWearsAnywhere.
We believe the right fit is important. Pinto Ranch will cover the exchange shipping on your boots until you find the right size. And if you’re still not happy, we’ll cover the return shipping as well… no problem! For more information see our easy return policy.
Whether you’re looking for your first or fiftieth pair of cowboy boots, you might have some questions about how to find the perfect fit across brands — not to mention the perfect fit for your wardrobe. The experts at NRS are here to help you figure out how to wear cowboy boots with any outfit and find the measurements that will guide you toward the right fit every time.
How to Fit Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots fit a bit differently than your standard pair of sneakers or sandals. So, how are cowboy boots supposed to fit? Ideally, your boots will be snug, yet comfortable — a very practical fit made to support lots of time on foot or in the saddle. Cowboy boots also tend to run slightly large, so don’t be surprised if your boot size is smaller than your shoe size.
We recommend consulting an international conversions chart to help determine your size when ordering online. Take the time to measure your foot (in inches and meters) and see how it corresponds with standard boot sizes. If you fall between two sizes, order the larger size to be safe. As a general tip, it’s a good idea to confirm your size with a shoe or boot expert every few years — it’s not uncommon for the size and shape of our feet to change over time.
Another important note on the question of “how should cowboy boots fit” is that they have a unique width system for both men and women’s styles.
Ladies boots are normally sized from A-C:
- A = Narrow
- B = Average/Medium
- C = Wide
Men’s boots are sized in B, D and EE widths:
- B = Narrow
- D = Average/Medium
- EE = Wide
A rule of thumb for both styles is that the further you get from “A,” the wider the boot will be. Aside from width, however, there are many other factors that determine cowboy boot fit.
The instep on a boot covers the top of your foot and is a big part in determining whether or not the boot fits. If the instep is too tight, try a wider width. If it’s too loose, try a narrower width.
The ball of your foot sits at the widest section of the boot; it’s the area where the boot bends when you take a step. When the boot is too short, the ball of your foot will sit too far forward, which will cause discomfort. The ball of your foot should sit securely within the widest part of the boot.
When you get a new pair of cowboy boots, they will initially slip a bit at the heel (around ¼ to ½ inch). This extra space is necessary for a proper fit, so don’t size down too far thinking you’ve chosen a pair that’s too big. Over time, the boots’ leather will form to the shape of your foot and the slippage will lessen.
The toe box on a boot surrounds the toes and the front part of your foot. You might be tempted to use the old toe-press trick to determine if you have a good amount of room, but this only works for sneakers — not boots. In fact, that type of pressure could permanently damage the toe box of your boots.
Instead of pressing, wiggle your toes to test the toe box for a proper fit. They should be able to move easily inside the boot without any discomfort.
What to Wear With Cowboy Boots
Now that you understand how to fit cowboy boots, you need to learn how to wear them. We have tips for how to style cowboy boots for both men and women, so whether you’re heading to a competition or a night out on the town, you’ll know exactly how to put yourself together.
How to Wear Cowgirl Boots
From rodeos and dance halls to weddings and business meetings, cowgirl boots have become a staple in nearly every arena. With their explosion in popularity, the variety of boots and boot accessories has grown to meet demand. Now, there are nearly limitless options for what to wear with cowgirl boots, no matter your lifestyle or fashion preference.
Wondering how to wear cowboy boots with jeans? Many women wear cowgirl boots with jeans to go to work at the office or the barn. Skinny jeans are especially great with cowgirl boots — pair them with a fashionable top and you’re all set! The most popular styles include tucking your jeans into your boots (best with skinny jeans and leggings), or wearing your jeans over your boots (best with bootcut or flare leg jeans).
But what about how to wear cowboy boots with dresses? This is the ultimate option for blending femininity with practicality. Cowboy boots go great with any dress or skirt since there are so many styles. From taller tops to short booties, you’ll have no trouble finding a pair that goes with any of your favorite dresses!
While it’s easy to figure out how to wear cowgirl boots for general daily use, you’ll have to be a bit more discerning if you’re picking out a pair for arena or ranch work. For both purposes, solid leather is preferable. Riding boots should have a 1 to 1½ inch heel to help them stay in the stirrups. If you’re really going to be getting down and dirty in the muck, you might want to stick with a rubber pair that can easily be hosed down. Ultimately, what you choose for work or fashion wear is based on your preference — just remember that certain options will last longer based on their construction.
What to Wear With Cowboy Boots for Guys
Don’t worry, fellas — you have just as many styling options for cowboy boots as the ladies! The most common way for men to wear cowboy boots is with a pair of jeans; that goes whether they’re working the ranch or heading out to watch the game with friends. If you’re wondering what jeans to wear with cowboy boots, the answer is obvious: bootcut! A good pair of bootcut jeans, or even straight leg, will give your legs and boots plenty of room while still giving you a good fit and showing off the detailing on the toe and instep of your boots.
While jeans are definitely the most popular clothing item for men to pair with cowboy boots, khakis or chinos also look great, and are a step up in terms of dressiness. As for up top, t-shirts and collared shirts are always a good choice. Solid collared shirts are better for a dressed-up look, while plaids and flannels are perfect for something more casual.
Get Cowgirl and Cowboy Boots at NRS
Now that you’ve got a better handle on how to fit cowboy boots and wear them proudly, you need to get yourself a pair. NRS has an enormous selection of authentic cowboy boots for both fashion and work, all from top brands like Ariat, Justin and Anderson Bean. Check out all of our top-quality Western boots today!
What constitutes a good pair of boots? In my opinion, the best boots are the ones that look like they should have been thrown away a long time ago, but I still keep on wearing them. They are worn, distressed, but still hold up to the everyday chores on the farm.
I can't give them up. They are like wearing a leather glove except on my foot instead of my hand . . . and a good-fitting glove is hard to find. If the sole ever breaks down, then I just take them in and get them re-soled again.
A Love Affair With Cowboy Boots
My Love Affair With Cowboy Boots
My love of cowboy boots started when I attended my first horse auction at the age of 17. Everyone was wearing western boots and I fell in love with them! I had my preference of toe style, but the western flair on the shaft of the boot was what appealed to me most. I just had to get me some. Little did I know there is a lot more than just style and looks that make good fitting, easy wearing western cowboy boots.
Traditional or Fashion Western Cowboy Boots
Western Cowboy boots usually fall into two style categories: traditional and fashion boots. The traditional boot is made for functionality and is also stylish and has remained in style for decades. Fashion boots reflect a more urban or contemporary style and the look changes depending on the latest fashions.
6 Elements of a Good Cowboy Boot
When purchasing cowboy boots there are six things to consider:
- Style: Contemporary or Traditional
- Material: A variety of choices available. Leather all the way for me!
- Color: Again you name the color and I am sure you can find something in your liking.
- Heel Height and Style: Low or tall, riding heel, or walking; the choice is up to you.
- Shank or Shaft Style: They come in a different heights, along with a variety of stitching designs.
- Toe Style: Boxed or square-toed, pointy, or rounded; the choice is dependent upon the preference of the person.
Makers of the Western Cowboy Boot
When you visit a western store looking for your cowboy boots, the first thing you notice is the many manufacturer of boots. Some of the manufacturers are:
- Dan Post
- Tony Lama
These are just a few of the suppliers you will find in a retail store. If you so choose, you can have custom made boots fitted especially for your foot. At the time I was purchasing this was not even a thought for me. Today, I would like to have a custom-made pair of boots. Traditional style cowboy boots never go out of style, and will last forever if taken care of properly.
My First Western Cowboy Boots
So what did I buy? My first pair of cowboy boots was a leather pair of Noconas. I loved the buckskin color and the stitching on the shaft. At the time the fit didn't matter as much to me, it was all about the color and style.
Today I am a Justin and an Ariat fan. My all purpose boots are Black Ariats. They seem to wishstand any treatment I put them through and they were inexpensive when it comes to cowboy boots.
On the other hand, my Justin's were bought due to the fashion stye. The square-toed, two-tone leather boot appealed to me, no matter what the price tag. Due to the cost, I limit my usage only to social gatherings, not for anything to do with work.
How Much Do Cowboy Boots Cost?
There is a wide variance in pricing of western cowboy boots. What makes the difference in a $125 pair of boots compared to a $250? Usually, the brand has a lot to do with the cost. Just like in designer clothing, the brand determines the cost even though it may be made from the same type of material.
If you are considering purchasing cowboy boots in the near future, look at some of the reputable brands that have been around for many years. A little research on the internet will tell you who are some of the famous brands who have maintained quality over the years. If you purchase from a retail store, ask the clerk about the manufacturer and what makes the difference.
Some of the best deals I have bought in western boots have been at auctions on eBay. The down-side to purchasing in this manner has been the sizing and fit of the boot. The upside is that I got them at such a good price I feel comfortable wearing them on the farm with no qualms about ruining them.
I have also purchased cowboy boots at yard sales. In this fashion, you are able to try them on at that time and as you can imagine, the cost is very little. Again the upside is you have very little cost invested so they can have multiple uses.
When it comes to cowboy boots, do your homework before purchasing. You will be better pleased with your purchase if they feel good when wearing, look good on your feet, and were in the price you expected to pay.
- How To Choose the Best Fitting Cowboy Boots
How To Choose the Best Fitting Cowboy Boots
Posted by Suzanne Zigo on Feb 18th 2021
Having sold boots for years we’ve become accustomed to the questions we get from first time boot buyers. Here are a few:
What size should I go with?
– We say start with the shoe size you typically wear and then size up or down. Coming into our store is advantageous, as we will patiently work with you and make sure that you are comfortable.
What is D versus EE?
– In men’s boots the sizing is typically D or EE. D = Regular Width EE = Wide Width. You will also see M for Medium and W or EW for Wide widths. This depends on the manufacturer.
How do I know if I need a D or EE?
-Typically you’d know if you have wide feet but surprisingly a lot of people don’t know they have a wide foot and have been wearing a longer boot or shoe to make up for the width not being wide enough.
What should a proper fitting boot feel like?
– A boot should feel comfortably snug in the forefoot. There should be a slight bit of a struggle to get them on and an audible pop or thud as your foot lands inside the boot. The heel will slip up and down as you walk. Leather boots will stretch with repeated use.
Why does the heel slip?
-Think of a new boot as if it were a flip flop. It is not built to flex with your ankle and leg initially. Therefore it will feel like the heel of the boot is slipping up and down as the boot “catches up” with your leg. The more your boot breaks in the more it will mold to your leg and the less you will notice the slipping.
What is that pinching on the sides?
-With many boots the break-in period includes a feeling like the leather of the boot on the sides is biting the ankles. This will go a way after time because your boot will soften as it breaks in. If this is really bothering you there are options. first when you are not wearing your boots put rolled up magazines or a large ball in the base of the boot where the ankle goes. Secondly, you can wear Band-Aids, or put a soft piece of fabric on the inside of your sock where the rubbing is irritating your ankle.
How long does it take to break in a pair of boots?
-That depends on how much you’re wearing them and what they’re made of. If you wear them a lot it will go faster. The heat of your foot molds the boot to your exact foot. If you are concerned that you can’t “take” the break in period make sure you have a back up pair if you get too sore. Boots made of soft leather are easy to break in whereas some exotic skins like caiman can be more difficult to break in because they are not a pliable.
Why does it seem like one boot fits and the other doesn’t?
-Most people are not completely symmetrical! It is very common to have one foot slightly larger than the other. As your boots break in you will not notice that as much as your foot will mold your boots.
Do I have to wear boot socks?
– No, however many of us love that extra tall sock that keeps the top of your boot from rubbing on the skin of your calves. Boot socks are more padded on the forefoot area also.
If I have a wide foot can I wear pointed toe styles?
-Absolutely! That’s why they make wide widths. Don’t be afraid to try a pointed toe style if you have a wider foot.
Why do I slide on carpets with my new boots?
-Brand new leather soled boots are slippery. We suggest roughing them up on concrete to avoid that issue.
I have large calves. Can I wear cowboy boots?
– Certainly you can! We have many styles that will accommodate an athletic calf. A lot of our brands have a “Full Calf” option that give you extra space in the calves. Another option is to consider a bootie- which is a shorter boot. They are perfect for a wider calf- and really cute!
If my boots still feel like they don’t fit what are my options?
-If the boot is too big you can try an extra insole. We love the Ariat insole but you can easily get one just about anywhere. You can try extra socks too.
-If the boot is too tight elsewhere we can help you by stretching the boot. In our store we can stretch the toe area, the instep (the boney part on the top of your foot), as well as the calf area. Many people need just a right or left boot stretched.
Hopefully this helps you find your perfect pair of cowboy boots. We are always happy to answer your questions. In -store you can expect to be fully fitted to the very best fitting boots out there! Hope to see you soon!
Nothing symbolizes the Old West more than the cowboy! The image of a cowboy riding a horse, herding cattle, and going into town after a cattle drive is ubiquitous of the American West. We like him in books, movies, and television programs. Part of the mystique about the cowboy is the clothing and equipment that he wears. The cowboy hat, cowboy boots, chaps, and gun belt, among others, lend a colorful and fascinating atmosphere.
All of these accouterments were not only chosen to be colorful, but also had multiple practical uses. Of these, the most popular item now is cowboy boots or western boots. Cowboy boots had high slanted heels made to keep feet in the stirrups and high thick leather shaft to prevent brush and thorns from tearing the legs while they rode. Holes or straps helped in pulling the boots on in the morning and stitching on the shaft strengthened and decorated the boot.
The Advantages of Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots are popular now for several reasons. They are fashionable in some areas, although not accepted in others. In central Texas, pretty much every other person is wearing boots! Many people just like the look of them. They are quite sturdy if the right boots are chosen. Leather uppers wear well and are very long-lasting, while the soles and heels can be replaced if necessary.
The other reason cowboy boots are popular is their comfort. A well-fitted pair of boots is very comfortable. They take 2 or 3 days to break in properly, but once they are broken in to your foot, they feel great. Boots can get a bit hot in the middle of the summer, but I preferred to wear my boots over tennis shoes even in the hottest part of the year. For a 20 mile hike, there are better boots, but a good pair of western boots with synthetic soles will do a decent job even there!
Things to Consider Before Buying Cowboy Boots
There are a couple of decisions that need to be made before a pair of western boots are purchased:
- The Sole: The type of sole and heel should be carefully considered before purchasing cowboy boots. Leather soles are great for horseback riding and will work for dancing. If much walking will be necessary or physical work done that does not involve riding, consider a good synthetic sole with tread. It will last much longer and be less slippery than leather.
- The Height: The desired height of the boot should be determined. They come in the standard cowboy boot height, which is approximately knee height, and in the roper style, which is around 10” high. For most people, the roper will be the best choice.
- Type of Leather: Different types of leather are available. Cowhide is the cheapest and the price will go up exponentially depending on the type of leather preferred. You can get goatskin, snakeskin, alligator, and a range of other skin types.
Boots are available in many different colors, styles, and stitchings, especially in women’s boots.
Cowboy and Western Boot Companies
There are quite a number of good companies that make cowboy boots. Justin is probably the best-known company. Other good companies that make boots include:
- Tony Lama
- Dan Post
- Double H
- Twisted X
Some of these are very expensive; others make boots ranging from reasonable to expensive. No good boot is actually cheap, except for maybe the Justin Basics. The best companies for most people are probably going to be Justin and Ariat, for price considerations and quality.
Justin is one of the premier and best-known cowboy bootmakers. Their boots are excellent quality and, while not inexpensive, can be obtained at a lower price than many other brands. My boots were Justins and they served me very well. Ariat makes a lot of boots that are chosen by people who use their boots hard, in my experience.