List: 73 of the best cowboy boot brands

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When I worked in a warehouse, Ralph, one of my then-coworkers, wore good-looking Western cowboy boots every day. For him, they were practical and stylish.

Although I think he wore a custom boot, I thought I would make a list of some of the best cowboy boot brands for men and women.

Note: The list is not comprehensive but contains 73 boot manufacturers. The companies are listed in alphabetical order.

73 brands of cowboy boots on the market

A-CouCow-FG-LoLu-RS-Z
Abilene BootsCowgirlGeorgia BootLuccheseSam Edelman
Ad TecCowtownGuide GearMadden GirlShyanne
American Rebel Boot Co.Cute To The CoreHarley-DavidsonMiranda LambertSmoky Mountain Boots
Anderson BeanDailyShoesHeritageMoonshine SpiritTanner Mark
AriatDan Post Boot CompanyIndependent Boot Co.NoconaTexas Traditions
Boulet BootsDeer StagsJamaOld GringoTin Haul
BrazosDingoJohn B. Stetson Co.Old WestTony Lama
BreckellesDouble-H BootsJohn DeereRed RanchTop Moda
Chippewa BootsDurangoJustin BootsRedneck RivieraTres Outlaws
CinchDurangoKINGSHOWRefreshTwisted X
Coconuts by MatisseEight Second AngelL.M. EasterlingRios of MercedesVery Volatile
Cody JamesEl DoradoLaredoRocket DogVolatile
Colt FordFerriniLaredoRockyWest Blvd
CorralFryeLiberty BlackRod Patrick
Country Love BootsFuntasmaLoblanRoper


Tips for buying cowboy boots

Choose the correct style of boot for the job at hand.

Riding boots should fit in the saddle’s stirrup with a pointed or tapered toe.

Roping boots are not as tall and usually have rounded toes.

Fashion boots come in all sizes and toe styles, and are not necessarily idea or the safest bet for more rugged rodeo or work activities. Style usually comes at a cost.

Lace-up boots for high impact activities like calf roping are ideal.

Material management

Typical cowboy boots are made from leather, but not just cow hide.

Boots have been manufactured with almost any kind of animal skin imaginable, even ostrich and elephant.

Synthetic materials and faux leather are readily available, but their lifespan is shorter than authentic animal hide.

Consider the care of the boots you choose. Suede boots need special care supplies to maintain condition.

Boots with a shiny finish can be polished. Boots made from snakeskin or similar material should be polished in the direction of the scales.

Standard leather boots can be wiped down to remove dirt then conditioned with a lanolin-based cleaner.

The highest quality leather boots are made from layers of leather stitched together, and even the soles will be leather.

Watch for visible, shiny glue near the heel construction and for breaks or uneven stitching for signs of a poorly made boot.

Toe room

Three standard types of toes on boots give lots of choices, but remember the job they need to perform.

Standard boots have a tapered toe, which makes sliding in and out of stirrups easy. Pointed toes come to a sharp angle.

Rounded-toed boots are rated the most comfortable and are typically found on roping boots. If fashion is the key, square toed boots are a nice option.

Consider how many hours the boots will be worn during the day. The pointed-toe styles will not allow for much wiggle room.

Shaft heights

The shaft of the boot is the part that’s usually covered in decorative stitching. Some cowgirl boots may have tassels and buckles.

Typical cowboy boots rise to the mid-calf level, with roper boots being slightly shorter for running.

If show riding is your thing, consider a buckaroo style whose shaft is considerably longer and more decorated.

If fashion is the goal, know where your pant cuff will end and notice if the decorative stitching will be hidden or not.

Heel heights

Height of the heels of cowboy boots vary between men’s and women’s styles, work and fashion.

Fashion boots can be much higher than two inches, while boots made for roping will be around an inch.

Riding boots will have a heel up to two inches, making it easier for the feet to stay in the stirrups.

Color

Authentic mens cowboy boots tend to come in traditional colors, including black, dark brown, and tan.

Some Western boot companies make then in other colors, but cowgirls can get some colorful leathers, such as red.

Try before you buy, going custom

The “who makes the best cowboy boots” question is subjective.

Sizes and fit can vary widely between Western cowboy boot brands, materials and toe styles.

Find a boot manufacturer or two that fit nicely and learn the sizes.

Or, consider getting a pair of custom-made boots.

Shop around brick and mortar stores before purchasing online.

Break-in takes time

Once you’ve picked the perfect pair of Western boots, don’t be discouraged if they feel tight or slightly uncomfortable at first.

Good, quality leather will stretch and mold to the shape of your foot with time.

The soles and shafts in good cowboy boots need to be walked in for a while before they feel ultra comfortable.

During the breaking-in period, consider wearing two pairs of thicker socks to help put more pressure on the leather.

Find the best cowboy boot brands in 2016 on Amazon.