7 Helpful Tips On Buying The Right Western Boots
Not that long ago it seemed like Western boots, a.k.a. “cowboy boots,” were the stuff of ranch hands and classic movies, but now everyone wants to get their hands on a pair (or two) of these fashionable boots. This is a simple guide for anyone looking to buy their first pair of real Western boots.
1. Terminology: Don’t call them cowboy boots; they are Western Boots. This rule may seem like pure semantics, but what could be worse than shelling out hard earned cash on a pair of fine boots only to instantly lose your rodeo credibility by calling them by the wrong name? Longtime western boot aficionado Eddie Evans lamented to us recently how, “It gets me every time. These gosh darn city-slickers come around here talking about their new cowboy boots like they know something.”
2. Sizing: We all know that there’s nothing worse than buying a pair of shoes that just isn’t comfortable. The key to selecting the correct size for your boots is to remember that as you break ‘em in they will get a little bigger. So, as a general rule you want to buy your boots a little snug. When you try on a pair of boots you want to make sure that the ball of your foot rests at the widest part of the boot. If it lies ahead of this point, try a size larger.
3. Materials: Nowadays you can get a pair of boots in any material you can think of-from traditional leathers to exotic materials such as lizard or ostrich. What you want to consider when selecting a material is price and what you feel comfortable in. While you could easily shell out $600 for a new pair of stingray boots, you have to ask yourself “are these boots right for me?”
(By: Scott Corbett)