Do you have a pair of cowboy boots? If you do are they Roper cowboy boots or classic cowboy? Cowboy boots come in many styles and colors, pink, blue, purple…name the color, and some western store somewhere probably has it.
“Cowboy boot” refer to a specific style of riding boot, historically worn by cowboys. They have a Cuban heel, rounded to pointed toe, and a high shaft. Cowboy boots are normally made from cowhide leather but are also sometimes made from “exotic” skins such as alligator, snake, ostrich, lizard, eel, elephant, stingray, elk, and buffalo skins.
There are two basic styles of cowboy boots: western (or classic), and roper. The classic style is distinguished by a tall boot shaft, going to at least mid-calf, with an angled “cowboy” heel, usually over one inch high. A slightly lower, still angled, “walking” heel is also common. Although western boots can be customized with a wide variety of toe shapes, the classic design is a narrowed, usually pointed, toe.
A newer design, the “roper” style, has a short boot shaft that stops above the ankle but before the middle of the calf, with a very low and squared-off “roper” heel, shaped to the sole of the boot, usually less than one inch high. Roper boots are usually made with rounded toes, but styles with a squared toe are seen. The roper style is also manufactured in a lace-up design which often fits better around the ankle and is less likely to slip off, but these two features also create safety issues for riding.
Caring for your boots is an important thing for you to do to keep your boots looking nice and so the leather doesn’t crack. Remember that leather is skin and will react the way skin does so the most important thing you can do in caring for any piece of leather footwear is to keep it free of dust. So wipe off your boots often, not just before you shine them but every time you take them off. Wipe the dust off with anything you have handy, you do not need a special brush or cloth. You do need to make this a habit because you cannot wipe them off too often.
(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)
Happy riding (and, hopefully, with some slick looking boots!)
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