While the basic silhouette of Western boots has survived through the decades, designers have updated the original looks with exotic skins, fur trim, embroidered patches and even sequins and jewels. What will make its way to your closet?
From classic gringo styles to exotic ostrich skin, Western boots continue to be the prized possession of fashionistas across the country. Cowboy boots and ropers can be decked out with leather detailing, embossing and tassels for a classic Southwestern look that’s steeped in history. While the basic silhouette of Western boots has survived through the decades, designers have updated the original looks with exotic skins, fur trim, embroidered patches and even sequins and jewels.
It’s clear that the country-Western look is here to stay, and boots are the easiest way to pull together a stylish, eye-catching ensemble for any occasion. You don’t have to live on a ranch to step into the Western lifestyle once in a while; just pull on a pair of traditional ropers, durable knee-high boots or a fashionable take on classic designs for a one-of-a-kind look!
Western boots are easily distinguished from your average leather boot or bootie with their high shaft, lace-free design and either a rounded or pointed toe. Cowboy boots usually end at mid-calf, have a small heel and can be finished off with a pair of spurs. The roper style usually ends above the ankle and features a squared heel and a rounded toe. The roper is ideal for pairing with short skirts and dresses, while the traditional cowboy can be worn with jeans, leggings and pants. When you want to update your look with some Western inspiration, a pair of boots with some unique details could be all you need to start a new trend.
Luchesse , Old Gringo and Charlie One Horse are just a few of today’s bestselling Western boot brands that capture the classic look of an era gone by. Handcrafted boots feature painted designs, embossing and prints to create a unique twist to any outfit. While some may not be high on the comfort factor, they’re designed for maximum visual impact and are available in an array of colors. Want to dress up that all-black outfit with a sexy twist? Try a low heel, leather buckle boot that gives you some height with a two- to three-inch heel and sleek, form-fitting style. Dress things up with painted flower designs, embossed leather or zippers and buckles – the perfect combination of fashion-forward looks with Western flair.
Ropers made with rubber soles and leather uppers are a lightweight version of the calf-length boots, a durable and sturdy design with extra cushioning for comfort. Laredo , Ariat and Tony Lama offer pairs of practical, unique styles for men, women and kids. Fun and casual, these boots can get you through your daily trek for months, even years to come.
When fashion meets function, you can still catch the Western look with styles from Ariat, Frye and Dingo . Boots and mules from these designers feature wing tip patterns, whipstitch detailing, short and practical heels and either suede or leather construction. Stirrup-friendly soles mean you can still stay stylish on your horseback riding days, and special arch and heel support keeps you in good form on any type of route.