The Right Cowboy Boots for the Right Man

Roper style cowboy bootsCowboy boots are a popular fashion item for men, but very few know how to make a statement with cowboy boots. But even if you’re not a cowboy, you can wear cowboy boots and evoke the West through fashion. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right boot for the look you intend.

Choose the Right Kind of Boot

A.A. Callister explains that cowboy boots for men come in different designs. You can choose the classic western cowboy style which has a 12-inch shaft and a heel that will help keep the feet in the stirrups.

Roper boots have a shorter shaft and a more rounded toe that looks similar to a workman’s boot. The roper boot is mainly for rodeos. But if you spend most of your time on your feet, you might want to wear western stockman boots, which has a lower and wider heel. If you want a working boot, you can get a classic western style work boot with a steel toe and rubber soles.

The Material

Leather is the most common material of choice. It is durable but needs proper care to keep it smooth and shiny. Faux leather is a choice for those who prefer a non-animal boot material, but other options include alligator skin, snakeskin, ostrich, suede, and lizard skin.

The Toe Shape

Cowboy boots come in different toe shapes. You will find the pointed, rounded, square, classic and broad square toe shape. The toe shape to choose will depend on the shape of your foot, the duration of time you will be wearing the boots and the purpose of the boots.

The Fit

The size of boot and its construction will determine its fit. Well-stitched boots may offer a better fit. For more comfort, choose boots that leave some room for your toes to breath. The best time to fit the boots is in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.

Cowboy boots have a variety of designs, and it is also possible to get vintage or custom-made boots. Understanding your needs, preferences and style will help you find the right pair.