No matter if you’re a natural-born cowgirl, a woman looking to add a new pair to her shoe collection, or a fashionista striving to keep up with today’s fashion fads and must haves, buying women’s western boots isn’t a purchase that you want to make on a whim. With the growing popularity of western boots, you’ll find that almost every girl owns a pair, but if you’re looking to get the most for your money, you’ll want to take this footwear decision a bit more seriously.
Cowboy Boots – Then and Now
The idea of boots has been around for centuries, dating back to the 17th and 18th century, having been worn by notable historical figures including Genghis Khan and Arthur Wellesley. In the late 19th century, U.S. soldiers wore Wellington cowboy boots during the Civil War and also wore them during cattle drives across the country. In the past, cowboy boots were made to be durable and were designed in a way so that the boots provided protection for the legs and kept the feet in the stirrups with the use of underslung heels and a rounded or pointed toe.
Fast forward a century, beyond the era of the cowboy, and you now find that even though traditional western boots are still manufactured and worn, nowadays they are fashion must-have, especially for women. No longer are the days of Levi jeans and utilitarian cowboy boots, instead women are now incorporating western boots into everyday looks, wearing them with leggings, skinny jeans, and even skirts and dresses. With the availability of western boots in all different colors, patterns, and materials, they have become the latest addition to women’s closets all over the globe.
Helpful Buying Tips
If you’re looking to buy yourself a new pair of women’s western boots, there are some definite tips to keep in mind before saying “yes” to your new pair.
- Buy from a reputable western boots brand. Some of the most notable high-end brands that sell women’s western boots include Lucchese (as shown above), Ariat, Tony Lama, Corral Boots, Old Gringo Boots, Justin Boots, Durango, Dan Post, and Liberty’s Twiggy Fashion Boots. While the price-tag on these boots is bound to be high, you can ensure that they will last a long time and are sure to be fashion forward. In the end despite the high dollar amount, you get what you pay for.
- Decide on the occasion. Do you plan to use your boots for everyday work or for riding? To wear at a formal occasion? As a fashion statement? The purpose of your boots will definitely sway your decision as to what type of western boots you purchase. For an everyday boot, go for leather, which is durable and comfortable. If you want more of a formal boot that can be dressed up, look for suede or a leather boot with a classy design. To make a fashion statement, look for something bold and unique, such as snakeskin boots.
- Always try them on before buying. While you may be able to get away with ordering other types of shoes online, you never want to buy a pair of western boots without having first tried them on to ensure that the fit and size are ideal for your foot. With cowboy boots, your feet need to be able to breathe and you don’t want to buy a boot that is too tight or doesn’t allow any sort of movement when you walk.
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