Boots are one of the most popular footwear styles around, both for people who love to spend their leisure time outside and for those who need sturdy shoes because they work outdoors. A favorite footwear style for both is a nice pair of cowboy boots.
Cowboy boots are tough leather boots that were originally worn by men working outside on hard jobs like driving cattle. The first versions were pull-ons with pointed toes and were designed to provide protection from things like rocks, snakes and the occasional cactus spine, as well as enable a good grip against the stirrups while riding a horse. Later on some fancier styles, used as dress shoes and reserved for trips into town, were “tooled” or embossed with elaborate designs and stained in bright colors like red or turquoise.
As with all classics that stay around long enough, there are now many variations inspired by the basic cowboy boot. Today’s boots can be made from leather products like alligator, lizard, ostrich and snake skin as well as man-made products and are sold by companies like Frye, GUESS and Timberland. No longer just a plain leather pull-on boot, there are zip-ups, lace-ups, and boots that are buckled and studded—and even versions using recycled rubber for the soles.
A popular boot these days is the “roper boot,” a modified design for less demanding use than expected of a regular boot for cowboys. Ropers are shorter (usually mid-calf) with a short heel and a rounded or square toe. Since regular boots tend to stretch over time and can slip off, roper boots with a lace-up closure are common because they provide a snug and secure fit.
No matter how tough it is outside, a good leather boot can help keep anyone’s feet safe. Browse the great selection of cowboy boots today at Macy’s.