The Cowboy Boot: Adaptation and Transformation Throughout History April 28 2016

The evolution of the cowboy boot across the years has been influenced by many different cultures, icons, practical applications and fashion movements... With a much debated origin (were cowboy boots first worn in Asian, Europe, or were they an American invention?), at least the majority of cowboy boot historians can agree that the modern cowboy boot has been influenced by several cultures across time.

Adaptation of the Cowboy Boot

Throughout history, the cowboy boot has been adapted for many different applications. Of course the most famous and practical use of the boots has been for their namesake – the cowboy. A traditional cowboy boot is made with a smooth sole and sturdy heel meant to slip into saddle stirrups with a long upper shaft to protect the horse rider’s legs. Worn by ranchers, ropers, farmers and rodeo stars alike, the cowboy boot has adapted throughout time to provide the best possible support for all types of horseback riders.

The fashionable aspect of cowboy boots has adapted as well from cultural influences and Hollywood icons. Worn famously by many movie stars (think Western films and stars like John Wayne), cowboy boots have adapted into a statement of Western American fashion as well as a status symbol. The music industry has also helped the cowboy boot to adapt – creating opportunities for boot makers to really shine and show their true skills with hand-stitching, intricate designs and show stopping colors that look great on stage.

Transformation of the Cowboy Boot

Cowboy boots have not only adapted to changing times, but have transformed as well. Once a boot for only cowboys, ranchers and horse riders, the cowboy boot is now a common addition to nearly any American wardrobe. With fashionable transformations taking place through history, the cowboy boot has become a great choice for many different types of outfit pairings.

From working cowboy boots to dress cowboy boots, it is common for many wearers to own more than one style of boot for more than one type of occasion. Some boots are made to transition across different applications as well. A well-made, good-looking boot can suit a rider for their daily work as well as a night out on the town. This transformation the cowboy boot has taken from being a rancher’s only footwear to a fashionable statement piece is what has made modern cowboy boots what they are today.

The Modern Cowboy Boot for the Modern Wearer

No matter what your opinions are on the origin of the modern cowboy boot, it is surely agreed that their history is long and intricate, just like their stitching and designs. When choosing a cowboy boot, it is smart to think of your own personal style as well as the application of the boots. The modern wearer may look for a pair of cowboy boots that can hold up to a day on horseback, and then transition into a night out on the town. Mixing traditional boot making methods with modern designs and exotic materials makes a modern pair of cowboy boots suited for the modern wearer, but classic enough to last a lifetime.

If you are in the market for quality handmade working cowboy boots or custom handmade cowboy boots, Beck Boots is the right choice.  With true artisans making your next pair of cowboy boots you are guaranteed to get the best.  Our customer satisfaction is extremely important to us so we ensure every customer is happy and that their fit is perfect.  If you don’t know your exact size, no problem.  Just go online and request one of our FREE sizing kits.  We will send it to you right away. Call Beck Boots today 806-373-1600.  If you are in the area, visit our showroom located at 723 S. Georgia Street in Amarillo Texas.  Shop online our full line of in-stock cowboy boots and our working cowboy boots special, plan your custom cowboy boots purchase and shop our great line of cowboy boot accessories.


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