Cowboy Boots: Worn By Many

By: David T.

Is there such a thing as the average cowboy boot owner? If we were talking about western wear as a whole, then it might be a little easier to pin down the general characteristics that the wearer would be likely to have, even knowing there would be a great diversity to choose from. As with all walks of life and all styles of clothing, western apparel is worn by many types of people- from ranch hands to rodeo riders, from businessmen to stay at home moms, or chefs and so on. However, with western apparel there is a very good chance that the person you are describing comes from a particular culture, community, or background. With cowboy boots, however, you are really rolling the dice, because while they are very often paired with western apparel, cowboy boots have become so popular a fashion item that you find them all over the country. And in the closets of people from many different walks of life and many different cultures, communities, and backgrounds. In fact, it might even be reasonable to assume that cowboy boots cannot really define any of the characteristics of a who a person is, purely with the observation of them wearing cowboy boots.

There are different reasons why people choose to wear cowboy boots, including boots as a part of one's work attire, or because they are comfortable, part of a costume, for the aesthetics, or just because. Whether cowboy boots are a part of one's culture, represent ideals or values that one identifies with, or they are a fashion choice- the big picture points to the same conclusion: western wear boots have broken out and become part of a larger fashion reality. Two main factors that are often looked at and believed to have caused this phenomena include the western films made by Hollywood, and the fashion industry's adaptation of western boots such as in the look termed "Sundance chic." Certainly these have greatly broadened the audiences exposed to this style of boot and have also contributed greatly to the perceived attitude that comes along with such footwear.

Within the category of western wear boots there are several varieties including riding and roper boots. Most of the time when people think of cowboy boots (which are sometimes called western wear boots) they visualize are riding boots. These boots have tall thick leather shafts, a gradually pointed toe, a stacked leather heel and stitching on the outside. Cowboy boots pull on, never laced up like most boots. Most are made out of smooth cowhide, but a variety of exotic leathers are also used in making high-end boots.

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Western apparel isn't everyone's first fashion choice, and many times it is hard to individuals sporting western wear outside of western communities and events (like concerts or rodeos for example). You can purchase cowboy boots in many retail shoe stores, however, for quality pair of cowboy boots, finding a boot retailer or boot-maker is well worth the time. A quality pair of cowboy boots, like those at The Boot Store, are not only going to last and look good- they are also one of the most comfortable fashion footwear available.

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