Why Cowboy Boots Are A Necessity For Western Garb March 27 2017
That distinct sound, the tough leather, that dusty appearance, the ranch smell… for those that own a pair of cowboy boots, they can hear another pair approaching from yards away. While their original purpose was for functionality – and many cowboy boots are still used for function – the majority of cowboy boots worn today are intended to make a fashion statement, and a clear one at that. Anyone that dons a pair of these rugged, historic boots is surely aiming for that “western” look.
What makes cowboy boots truly a part of Western Garb?
While the history of cowboy boots can be traced back to before the Wild West in America – to either Spanish vaqueros or even Genghis Khan – these tough leather boots were originally made for one purpose: riding horses. With their tall leather shaft, they protected the rider from chaffing and scuffing. With a wooden wedge heel, the rider could wedge their foot into a stirrup and have a little extra help staying put in the saddle.
As Americans headed westward, they brought their horses with them and tons of cattle to round up. The “cowboy boot” truly became an iconic symbol of the American West; as it was the true completion to the uniform of a horseback rider, ranch hand or cattle herder. If someone was from the “West,” they surely came on horseback and they surely had on a pair of those tough, dusty boots day-in and day-out.
Why are cowboy boots perfect for riding?
Cowboy boots are constructed with the horseback rider and the horse in mind. Even made to fit with a saddle and stirrup, these type of boots are made for the working rider. A pointed heel allows a rider to slip their foot easily into the stirrup. A taller, wedged heel allows that foot to stay in the stirrup. A strong, thick leather shaft is perfect for keeping legs steady and preventing chafing. The tall design also keeps the boots on the rider’s feet and water and mud out of the shoe.
Cowboy boots become a Western fashion statement
As the popularity of the American West continued on, actors and singers of Hollywood made cowboy boots a fashion statement. In just a matter of a few years, after cowboy boots were seen on the big screen, they were becoming scattered across the nation and worn by everyone from ranchers to celebrities to everyday teenagers. With the option to customize stitching, add embossed patterns, different colors and unique embellishments, cowboy boots quickly became a way for people to mark their own personal style.
Even today, cowboy boots are a highly personal item. Many people take months – or even years – to imagine, design and finally decide on what style of cowboy boot they want to invest in. With a custom, quality pair of boots – buying cowboy boots can be like making a lifetime investment into your fashion wardrobe (or work wear). Unique materials can be used, as well as hand-stitching, personal embellishments and even some bling.
From crystals to classic leather, the options for custom cowboy boots are endless. But one thing is for certain: when somebody dons a pair of cowboy boots, they are truly wearing the most classic piece of Western Americana Garb that exists.
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