Tips for Choosing the Right Cowboy Boots

Tips for Choosing the Right Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are not only stylish, they are also functional. The fit of each cowboy boot may vary depending on the brand, the style, and the leather. If you’re planning on shopping for cowboy boots it’s important that you find a pair that are comfortable and fit well, which is essential, but there are a few more things you should take into consideration. In this post we will discuss some tips that will help you find the right cowboy boots for you.


Socks Matter

One of the most overlooked aspects of shopping for cowboy boots is the socks worn when trying the boots on. When trying on your cowboy boots you should be wearing socks that you would normally wear. If you try them on with thicker socks than you would normally wear the boots will fit tighter than they should. Without the right pair of socks you won’t be able to determine if the boots fit correctly. If this is the first time you are buying cowboy boots, you may want to purchase boot socks or athletic socks that are calf-high.


Trying the Cowboy Boots On

While sitting down to put on your cowboy boots is perfectly fine, it’s important that you stand up to test them out. Put the boots on, get up, and walk around a little. Some brands will fit more snug around the arch of your foot for added support and you won’t notice this if you’re trying them on while sitting down.


Style and Material Matter

When it comes to choosing cowboy boots there are three different kinds of boots you'll come across, western cowboy boots, exotic leather cowboy boots, and cowboy boots that have "pointy" toes. If you're in the market for a simple cowboy boot you will probably end up buying regular western cowboy boots. These type of cowboy boots are often made of full-grain leather and come in various designs. If you're in the market for something a bit more fancy you will probably purchase pointy cowboy boots or a pair of exotic leather cowboy boots. Pointy cowboy boots were introduced in rural Mexico and eventually became popular in Texas and even ended up on runways in Paris fashion shows. These cowboy boots may come in either full-grain leather or a more exotic type of leather. Exotic leather cowboy boots take cowboy boots to the next level. Not only do they come in various colors and designs, they are made out of exotic leather. The following are types of exotic leather boots:

Elephant leather cowboy boots
Alligator leather cowboy boots
Ostrich leather cowboy boots
Shark leather cowboy boots
Snake leather cowboy boots or Python leather cowboy boots
Caimen leather cowboy boots
Stingray leather cowboy boots

At Coastal Boot, we have just about every type of exotic leather cowboy boots available for sale to the public.


Finding the Right Fit

Finding the Ball of the Foot

You may need some assistance with this particular task. Once you have put on the cowboy boots you should stand up, distributing your normal weight on each foot to ensure it’s a proper fit. The ball of your foot should sit comfortably on the widest part of the boot. If the ball of your foot is sitting too far back or forward you should try on a different size.


Having enough Toe Room

When you wear your cowboy boots there should be ample toe room. Everyone’s feet are different and some people may have longer toes than others. You should have at least a thumbs width between the end of your boot and your toes. Many boot companies add toe caps into the cowboy boots for added reinforcement. If the toe cap is bothering you, you may need larger boots.


Determine if the Width You Have is Correct

In order to determine whether or not the width you have on is correct you should stand up and look straight down at your foot. Your cowboy boots should fit snug, but shouldn't feel as though they are strangling your feet. If you feel that the sides are too tight, you need wider shoes. You boot should never feel too loose or too tight.


Match Your Arch

The arch of your foot should fit perfectly against the boot shank. Some people may have lower or higher arches than others, so even if the boots fit well on someone else’s feet, they may not be the perfect fit for you. Always remember, if your boots don’t fit comfortably when you try them on, chances are, they never will.


Temporary Heel Slippage

A little heel slippage is normal. Anywhere from a quarter to a half of an inch of heel slippage is fine. This usually occurs when you are still breaking in your boots. Once your boots have been broken in the heel slippage should subside.

We hope that this will help you purchase the perfect pair of cowboy boots for you!



We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable Cowboy boots, for those who are looking for boots that are both stylish and comfortable. We also have nearly every type of exotic leather boots you could possibly want. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  


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