Cowboy boots have always been fashionable to some extent, however have really become more mainstream in recent times. Teaming a new pair of men’s cowboy boots up with jeans provides that stylish western feel that can’t be equated and really creates a certain nostalgic feel. Buying cowboy boots is usually an investment and one you should consider in depth, as they are something that will last you a number of years if you buy correctly. So, how do you choose your boots?
Understand the Boots
Though boots can be made anywhere in the world, certain boots often demand more of a premium price and for a reason – they’re built to last longer.
Knowing who has made your shoes is one of the primary ways of understanding whether your boots are going to last you a long time. Just like most shoes, men’s cowboy boots made from fake leather and manmade materials with machine stitched, or glued soles will never last as long as those from an established brand, or if you can find them – bespoke made shoes. These will be made to a better degree, with better materials and more craftsmanship. This of course all means that you get a better made boot, which should last the test of time.
Different types of cowboy boots come in different styles and there is no one fits all approach like many may perceive. There are a range of different toes, heels and other parts that differentiate one boot from another. Colour, material, leather used and the shape of the toes also determine on how a boot may look and vary dramatically between manufacturers. Deciding on what you want from your men’s cowboy boots by doing a little research beforehand will mean you get exactly what you want. Look at the clothing you own and ensure you have other items that will be in line with what you’re purchasing.
Older boots are often more desirable for a number of reasons. Lovers of the cowboy boot will say that boots have lost a certain amount of their original quality in recent decades and so aren’t as durable as they once were. Changes in regulations also mean certain materials from which boots were made are now illegal to use and the only way to get these boots is to purchase older styles of boots. Finally, just like most vintage items, older cowboy boots are often more distinctive than the newer styles and are so more in demand.
Leather and Soles
Understanding how to take care of the particular leather of your boot means you have a pair of boots for a long time to come. If you buy a pair of boots and don’t look after them you will surely end up having to repair them, or worse. As boots come in a variation of leathers, understanding how to look after a particular leather is a necessity. Each hide has its own requirements.
Soles should also be cared for by a reputable people and a good strong pair of soles is necessary for good men’s cowboy boots. Look for rolled and hand pegged soles as these are traditionally the best. Thin soles are to be avoided and are often the sign of a poorly made pair of men’s cowboy boots.
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