As the rodeo season approaches, it's time to start thinking about getting your wardrobe ready for the big event. Whether you're a seasoned cowboy or a first-time spectator, having the right boots is crucial for enjoying the rodeo to its fullest. Here are some tips on how to get your wardrobe "boot ready" for rodeo season here at Cowtown Cowboy Outfitters.
When it comes to western wear, there are a few basic items that every cowboy or cowgirl needs in their wardrobe. First you’ll need a good pair of boots. There are many types of cowboy boots available. It boils down to what style you prefer as well as when and where you’ll be using your boots.
The most common type of cowboy boots are traditional cowboy boots: These are the classic cowboy boots that most people think of when they picture cowboy boots. They have a pointed toe, a high shaft, and a stacked heel. Cowboy boots are often made with high-quality materials, like leather or suede, which can make them more durable than other types of boots. They are designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions and can last for many years with proper care. Cowboy boots provide protection for the feet and ankles while working on a ranch or riding a horse. The high shafts, which are traditionally embroidered with an intricate stitch pattern, can prevent scratches and scrapes from brush and the saddle leather. The high shafts can also provide support for the ankles while riding, and the stacked heels can help keep the feet in the stirrups. Many people find cowboy boots to be comfortable, once they are properly broken in. The leather or suede material can conform to the shape of the foot over time, providing a custom fit. The Dan Post Milwaukee boot, seen below, is an excellent example of a traditional cowboy boot.
Another style of boots that is popular are Roper boots: Roper boots have a lower shaft than traditional cowboy boots and a round toe. This style of boot is designed for comfort and functionality. They often have a lower heel than traditional cowboy boots, which can make them more comfortable for all-day wear. Roper boots often have a round toe, which can provide more room for the toes to move around. This can be especially beneficial for people with wider feet or foot conditions like bunions. Roper boots have a wider base than traditional cowboy boots, which can provide more stability when walking or riding. This can be especially beneficial for people who are new to wearing cowboy boots. Roper boots are designed to be worn for a variety of activities, from horseback riding to working on a ranch. They can also be dressed up or down, making them a versatile addition to any wardrobe. Below is our Burnish brown roper boot.
Square-toe cowboy boots have become very popular because they are comfortable and good looking. Square-toe cowboy boots have a square-shaped toe box; this means they provide more room for the toes to move around. This can be especially beneficial for people with wider feet. Square toe cowboy boots have a wider base than pointed-toe boots, which can provide more stability when walking or riding. Square toe cowboy boots can be worn with a wider variety of outfits than pointed-toe boots because they can be dressed up or down, making them a versatile addition to any wardrobe. They look great with your favorite jeans however they also can be worn to formal affairs. The Ariat Quickdraw boot is one of our many square toe boots we have available.
If you’re looking for a more unique look in cowboy boots you might want to consider exotic skin cowboy boots. These boots are designed to be worn with dressier outfits. They often feature exotic materials like python, ostrich, caiman or alligator. These skins are beautiful but some are delicate and require special care so that they maintain their good looks over time. Our Dan Post Manning boot is made with python skin and is seen below:
Perhaps you work in an environment where you need to wear a specialty shoe but you’d like to maintain the iconic style of cowboy boots. Work cowboy boots are a popular choice for those who work on ranches or in other outdoor professions, as well as for people who appreciate the rugged and timeless look of cowboy boots. A work cowboy boot is a type of cowboy boot that is designed specifically for people who work on ranches or in other outdoor professions. These boots are typically made with durable materials that can withstand rough conditions, such as leather or synthetic materials, and are designed to be comfortable for extended periods of wear. They may also have features such as a steel toe or reinforced shank for added protection and support. Additionally, some work cowboy boots may also have specialized soles for added traction and slip-resistance, making them suitable for working in muddy or wet conditions. They may also have features like waterproofing or insulation, which can help keep the feet dry and comfortable in a variety of weather conditions. The Rocky Legacy 32 Cowboy boot is shown below:
If your horse is made of metal, has gears and doesn’t eat hay you may want to consider a motorcycle cowboy boot. A cowboy motorcycle boot is a type of cowboy boot that is designed specifically for motorcycle riders. These boots combine the classic style of cowboy boots with features that make them suitable for riding motorcycles. The Durango Harness Boot is shown below:
Cowboy motorcycle boots are typically made with durable materials, such as leather or synthetic materials, that can withstand the wear and tear of riding. They may have reinforced toes and heels for added protection in the event of a crash or other accident, and may also have specialized soles for added traction and grip on the road.
These boots often have a slightly different design than traditional cowboy boots, with a lower shaft height that allows for more flexibility and ease of movement while riding. They may also have a round or square toe for added comfort and room in the foot area, and a low or medium heel for added stability on the motorcycle.
Cowboy motorcycle boots often feature classic western styling, such as decorative stitching and leather overlays, as well as functional details like zipper closures and adjustable buckles. They are a popular choice for motorcycle riders who want the comfort and style of cowboy boots, while still prioritizing safety and functionality on the road.
Ultimately, the best cowboy boots for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs It's essential to consider all factors and try on several options before making a final decision. At Cowtown Cowboy Outfitters we have a large selection of all of the styles mentioned above as well as many other options. Our sales people are not only knowledgeable and attentive they are responsive to your individual needs. Whether you're seated in our boot section in our store or talking to us on the phone we are always patient, approachable and willing to take the time to make sure you find the right fit for your feet and your wallet.