Your Guide To Cowboy Boots: A Brief History And Shopping Tips December 31 2019

Cowboy boots are a specialized product made to be durable, comfortable, and even beautiful. They can be made in a variety of styles with many different materials, so there is something out there to meet anyone’s needs. Here is a guide that can help you choose your next pair of cowboy boots.

The history of cowboy boots

The cowboy boots we know today were developed in the 1800s. They were originally modified traditional riding boots. Legends claim that Genghis Khan actually wore the first version of these shoes. This is because historians have evidence that he wore boots with a wooden heel. 

The first Duke of Wellington wore boots that became popular as people moved from Europe to the Americas. These evolved into what is now known as the Wellington boot after the civil war.

Types of cowboy boots

There are five basic types of cowboy boots available. These are the classic style, the western riding boot, the western work boots, ropers, and those that are focused on fashion. 

Classic cowboy boots: These are the classic and most worn style. They are durable and will work for many situations including riding, working, casual wear, and even dancing. 

Western riding boots: Designed specifically for riding horses, these are often worn by people in rodeos. They are functional and made for staying in the stirrups.

Western work boots: The heels on these cowboy boots are lower than on other styles, so they are easier on the feet. They often have tread on the heels to increase stability. They are designed for durability and functionality, so their design is less eye-catching.

Ropers: These are a special type of cowboy boots made for calf-ropers. They are versatile so that ropers can move safely and quickly both on and off their horses. 

Fashion boots: For many, cowboy boots are worn for their ability to withstand rough working conditions. For others, it’s all about the style. They can be made with a number of different materials including exotic leathers and synthetic materials, so the options are almost limitless.

Differences between cowboy boots for men and women

Both men and women enjoy wearing cowboy boots. On top of all the differences between style and materials, there are also differences between options worn by men and women. Heel height, for example, is not meant to vary for use alone. There some with heel heights that are available for men and women, while others are used in boots made just for women. 

What can you wear with cowboy boots?

This is a subjective question, but there are some standards that are accepted. First, wear darker colored jeans that are closely fitted. Unless you are doing fieldwork on a horse, you should not tuck your pants into your boots. Fit should be more important than style, though. 

Next, try wearing a long-sleeved, collared shirt. It should be buttoned-down and tucked into your jeans. Finally, cowboy hats are optional but will complete the look you may be going for. Just be sure to research the many different types of hats to pick the right one for you.

Common issues you may have when buying cowboy boots

When it comes to buying cowboy boots, you may be overwhelmed because of the options. But, you may run into some other issues as you begin narrowing down your choices. 


If you go to a store that specializes in cowboy boots, you will find a lot of sizes available. It is common to try on every pair you like and still not find one that fits quite right. This can be a problem when shopping online too. The fact that manufacturers must produce large numbers of boots in so many different styles means that unique sizing may not be available to you. Also, stylistic changes like pointed toes (which are not practical) are becoming more common. 

The time it takes to break boots in

If boots don’t fit quite right, you will have to break them in. The heels should be slightly loose to allow for this. Many make the mistake of choosing a tight-fitting pair of boots, but these will only hurt your feet. 

Settling on a pair of cowboy boots

If fit and comfort are more important in your search, you may not find the perfect cowboy boots. This is because designs and sizes vary so much. You might find a pair that fits well but does not fit your style. You could also find a stylistic pair that just doesn’t feel comfortable. Never settle for a choice that doesn’t work for all of your needs. 

Tips for getting your best pair of boots

One of the best ways to make sure you get the right boots for your needs is to get a custom pair made just for your feet. Depending on the area in which you live, you may find stores that have this option available. You can also order custom boots online. Keep in mind that there is a difference between custom design choices and boots that are custom-made to fit your feet. 

Ordering cowboy boots from Beck Boots

At Beck Boots, our goal is to provide you with the best options for this style of boot. We hand make all of our boots to have optimum style, fit, and durability. By ordering a Custom pair of boots with us, you can be sure to get exactly what you are looking for. Here’s how we do this.

  1. First, you can request a free Sizing Kit. This will allow us to get your exact size (we carry over 100 by default).
  2. Once we have your size, you can start choosing from our variety of options. Start with top height and color and then choose your vamp style. Next, you can choose your top edge design and sole. We also have many options for the pulls, heel, toe shape, tongue style, and stitch design.
  3. We use materials from durable leathers and exotic leathers. You can also choose from a large variety of colors. 
  4. If you would prefer a pre-made pair of boots, we have many In-stock and Clearance options available. We also have Work Boots made with the same care as our custom options.

If you would like to learn more about the popular cowboy boot or about getting your next pair, you can reach us at (806) 373-1600 or Send Us an Email. All of our boots are hand-made in Amarillo, Texas. 

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