Why Handmade Cowboy Boots Remain Stylish And Popular After All These Years December 09 2016
Many of the features of cowboy boots existed in other boots before they were combined by a shoemaker around 1870 to create the iconic footwear that is now recognized worldwide. Arthur Wellesley was the first Duke of Wellington and the person who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. He wore a handmade style of boots that were tough enough to withstand the harsh conditions in battle while remaining comfortable for the wearer. The boots fit more closely to the leg than Hessian boots and stopped mid-calf. That style of boot became known as Wellingtons.
The boots worn by soldiers during the American Civil War were a variation of Wellingtons. After the war ended, soldiers took these boots home to wear on their farms and ranches. The Wellingtons were ideal work boots. Modern Wellingtons are often made of rubber and used in many industrial work settings. Shortly after the Civil War ended, one or more cattle ranchers approached their cobbler and asked for some changes to the boots. These early rancher boots were made for working rather than style, but they were handmade to ensure a perfect fit for each individual cowboy. It wasn't long before boot makers across the Western United States picked up on the design and began crafting affordable and practical boots for all ranch workers that became known as cowboy boots.
Practical features of handmade cowboy boots stand the test of time
The mule-ear straps are used to pull the cowboy boots on. Cowboy boots have high tops to protect the wearer's legs and to help hold them on. The long shaft prevents the cowboy boots from filling with water and mud on rainy days. The lack of laces is a safety feature. Since the cowboy boots have a loose fit at the top, the wearer can easily wiggle out of them if his or her foot gets hung in the stirrup. The pointed toe and smooth sole allow easy insertion and removal from a Western saddle stirrup. The underslung heel helps keep the rider's foot in place. Exterior stitching keeps the leather from buckling and rubbing the wearer's leg.
Handmade cowboy boots aren't just for work
Cowboys in the 1800s typically had a pair of basic work cowboy boots and a pair of stylish dress cowboy boots for special occasions. Those handmade cowboy boots reflected the individual's personality with decorative stitching and designs on the high tops. Wild west shows of the early 1900s and Hollywood movies helped make cowboy boots popular around the world. People began buying cowboy boots for fashion and style. Over the years, cowboy boots moved beyond the cattle ranches to offices, nightclubs, formal affairs, and every aspect of modern life. First-time wearers of cowboy boots are often surprised by how comfortable the cowboy boots are compared to other dress shoes. Designs have also come a long way in recent years. Modern cowboy boots can be made with complex inlays, different colors, and exotic materials. They still say a lot about the wearer. Some people like an elaborate pair that turns heads and initiates conversation, while others prefer a more subtle look. Custom handmade cowboy boots are the best way to ensure a comfortable fit and a distinctive look that will never go out of style.
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