Cowboy boots may have started out on the ranch as work boots, but western boots have become a popular American fashion statement over the years. Even outside of the deep South, having your own pair of high-quality boots is both a fashion statement and a right of passage, and many people turn to the Lone Star State since Texas companies make some of the best boots out there. If you are looking to invest in your own pair of handmade cowboy boots there are five things you should consider.
1. Know What You Want
The boot shop will want to know what type of leather, color, toe shape, heel height and top height you want for your handcrafted cowboy boots. Take a look online and look at different styles so you can put together a wish list for your perfect pair.
2. Embrace the Artistry of Stitching
Find yourself a custom cowboy boot company that provides an array of stitching options. Boots can be a true work of art so make sure that your custom boots have the opportunity to be high quality and look unique so that they make a statement every time you wear them.
3. Aim for High Quality
Find a high-quality boot maker. Unfortunately, there are no cutting corners if you want quality boots. Full quill ostrich boots could set you back $500-$600 but they will last for decades to come. Look into the more trusted companies like Tecovas Boots, Justin Boots or Nocona especially if this is your first pair.
4. Understand the Proper Fit
Even if you order online, make sure you understand the proper way your handmade boots should fit. New customers may not understand that cowboy boots will fit differently depending on the fashion style or if they're riding boots, so having some guidance is helpful. Pinto Ranch offers a very useful guide to help you through the process. After answering the following questions, watch their helpful video to make sure that you and your boots are a perfect match.
- Did your foot audibly pop into the boot?
- Is the ball of your foot in the widest part of the boot?
- Is the point of your toe in the middle of the toe box or about 1 inch from the end?
- Do your toes have wiggle room?
- Does the boot fit like a firm handshake across your instep?
- Is there a 1/4 inch slip in the heel?
5. Boot Care and Maintenance
After purchasing your boots, it's important to understand the maintenance that comes with them. Watch this handy video for some direction on quality products and what to do. Whether you invest in suede, calfskin, or leather cowboy boots they will all need special care.