While there's no hard and fast rule to choosing your perfect pair of new cowboy boots, there are some things you're going to want to consider.
1. What are you wearing them for?
Some people prefer a basic or traditional boot, while others like them glittery or made from crocodile hide. Think about where you'll be wearing them - are you horseback riding? Dancing? Will you be walking a lot or wearing them every day? Do you want something you can dress up and dress down? Or do you want to shimmer as you walk (like with these stunning Miranda Lambert boots)? Some even come with sequins, fringe, or straps/buckles.
2. What kind of material do you want?
While you can buy boots made of cheaper material from places like DSW or even Target, the most durable material will be leather with more expensive options (like these ostrich boots) also offering long-lasting wear. However, while boots like these can be hundreds of dollars a simple leather pair won't totally break your bank.
This may be the most important question when it comes to picking boots, as it informs all your later choices.
Plus, let's be honest - once you grab your first pair, it's hard not to begin dreaming about a second so starting with your style choice is the best route to go. Make sure you do get a chance to try them on, or at least order them from an online store with a free return policy so you're not disappointed with your boots.
3. Consider your heel height and shaft height.
When it comes to heel height, a lot of the choice is preference. If you plan on wearing your boots in a variety of settings, you may not want a heel that's too high, whereas if you'll be riding horseback you need some sort of heel for the stirrup. However, if you're looking for a pair of boots for your Friday night you may want to walk a little taller for the evening.
The same preferences apply to deciding the height of the shaft. If you're going to be working in them, a taller shaft protects your leg more. However, lower boots are common too and where you'd like them to come on your calf is completely up to you.
4. What kind of toe point do you want?
Some boots have a more rounded toe, while others are pointed or squared. There seems to be some discussion surrounding which is the most 'authentic' cowboy boot, but no one can judge you when you're looking fabulous. Stick to what suits your style the most, and make sure to try on a couple different styles so that you're finding a comfortable fit. You should be able to walk comfortably in a good pair of boots all day, so make sure they seem to be your made-for-walkin' soulmates before you shell out hard-earned cash.