Three Tips for the Perfect Cowboy Boot Fit

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Are you having a hard time finding the perfect cowboy boot fit? Then let Sheplers show you exactly how comfortable cowboy boots are supposed to feel.

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  1. Find the correct size. Keep in mind that socks can add a ½ size to your feet, so you might want to go up a size in order to make sure that you end up with comfortable cowboy boots. For those that are in-between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger of the two sizes. Also, for those with narrow feet, order a ½ size smaller than your normal size; if you have wider feet, order a ½ size bigger in order to get the right cowboy boot fit.
  2. The heel slippage is temporary. This means that your heel will slightly slide up each time you take a step. After you have worn them for a while, the leather will conform to your foot shape and the heel slippage will stop. The more you wear them, the faster you will have comfortable cowboy boots.
  3. Look for a snug cowboy boot fit. When you first put them on, don’t freak out if the cowboy boot fit is snug; sit down, grab onto the pull straps at the top of the shaft, and push your foot through to the foot of the boot.

Three Tips for the Perfect Cowboy Boot Fit

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Are you having a hard time finding the perfect cowboy boot fit? Then let Sheplers show you exactly how comfortable cowboy boots are supposed to feel.

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  1. Find the correct size. Keep in mind that socks can add a ½ size to your feet, so you might want to go up a size in order to make sure that you end up with comfortable cowboy boots. For those that are in-between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger of the two sizes. Also, for those with narrow feet, order a ½ size smaller than your normal size; if you have wider feet, order a ½ size bigger in order to get the right cowboy boot fit.
  2. The heel slippage is temporary. This means that your heel will slightly slide up each time you take a step. After you have worn them for a while, the leather will conform to your foot shape and the heel slippage will stop. The more you wear them, the faster you will have comfortable cowboy boots.
  3. Look for a snug cowboy boot fit. When you first put them on, don’t freak out if the cowboy boot fit is snug; sit down, grab onto the pull straps at the top of the shaft, and push your foot through to the foot of the boot.

Top Five Patriotic Country Songs for the Fourth of July

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There are few things better than throwing on your favorite pair of American cowboy boots and relaxing at a barbecue with your friends and family on Fourth of July; after all, what’s not to love about sitting by the pool, grilling out, and playing football?

However, there is one key ingredient that can make or break your Independence Day get together – the soundtrack.

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Create a playlist that will get your party off to a great start with this list of the top five patriotic country songs for Fourth of July.

  1. “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney. Chances are you will be hearing this song on the radio many times as you drive out to your Independence Day barbecue.
  2. “Born Country” by Alabama. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Fourth of July other than with your American cowboy boots tapping in tune to one of the greatest country bands of all time.
  3. “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley. Out of all the patriotic country songs out there, this is the one guaranteed to make you wish it was Saturday night every night.
  4. “Good Ole American Way” by Justin Moore. In case you needed a reminder of what it means to be country, this song is for you.
  5. “XXX’s and OOO’s (an American Girl)” by Trisha Yearwood. For those burning a hole in their American cowboy boots just trying to “make it in her daddy’s world,” this track on our patriotic country songs list has your name written all over it.

Top Five Patriotic Country Songs for the Fourth of July

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There are few things better than throwing on your favorite pair of American cowboy boots and relaxing at a barbecue with your friends and family on Fourth of July; after all, what’s not to love about sitting by the pool, grilling out, and playing football?

However, there is one key ingredient that can make or break your Independence Day get together – the soundtrack.

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Create a playlist that will get your party off to a great start with this list of the top five patriotic country songs for Fourth of July.

  1. “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney. Chances are you will be hearing this song on the radio many times as you drive out to your Independence Day barbecue.
  2. “Born Country” by Alabama. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Fourth of July other than with your American cowboy boots tapping in tune to one of the greatest country bands of all time.
  3. “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley. Out of all the patriotic country songs out there, this is the one guaranteed to make you wish it was Saturday night every night.
  4. “Good Ole American Way” by Justin Moore. In case you needed a reminder of what it means to be country, this song is for you.
  5. “XXX’s and OOO’s (an American Girl)” by Trisha Yearwood. For those burning a hole in their American cowboy boots just trying to “make it in her daddy’s world,” this track on our patriotic country songs list has your name written all over it.

How to Clean Cowboy Boots: Exotic Leather

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For the most serious cowboys, exotic skin boots are their most prized possession – and we don’t blame them.

Handcrafted from the highest quality of rare leather, here at Sheplers, we have everything from alligator, crocodile, kangaroo, lizard, ostrich, shark skin, and snakeskin boots. We’re willing to bet that once you get your feet into a pair of one of our exotic skin boots, you are going to want to do whatever you can to make sure you keep them there.

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One of the best ways to ensure your exotic leather boots stand the test of time is to know the right way to take care of them. Use this guide from Sheplers on the do’s and don’ts of how to clean cowboy boots, and you will be able to wear your exotic skin boots for years to come.

  1. Using products intended for mammal leather, clean boots with an exotic leather cleaner. After removing dirt with a brush, insert a cowboy boot tree to keep them in their original shape while they dry.
  2. Once dry, use an exotic leather conditioner and a boot brush to gently remove all dirt. When it comes to how to clean cowboy boots, you don’t want to use a shoe shine cloth because it could make the scales come off. Use a wool dauber instead, and apply it as carefully as possible.
  3. If you plan on wearing your exotic skin boots rain or shine, weatherproof them with a product specifically designed for exotic leather.

Five American Cowboy Boots for the Fourth of July

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Are you looking to really make a statement this Fourth of July? Then you are going to need American cowboy boots – with some flair.

Everyone knows that Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to bust out over-the-top, American-themed fashion. Here at Sheplers, we have 18 pairs of red, white, and blue American cowboy boots perfect for showing your patriotic pride at any barbecue, picnic, or fireworks show you attend this Independence Day.

Made from brands you trust like Twisted X, Roper, Durango, Dan Post, and Ferrini, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting the highest quality, comfortable cowboy boots. In fact, we even offer special comfort technology, steel toe, and made in the USA boots.

Pick out one of these five American cowboy boots, and we guarantee you will win “best dressed” at any Fourth of July party.

Dan Post Patriotic Bountiful Cowboy Boots

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 Dan Post Liberty Cowboy Boots

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Ferrini Men’s Americana Cowboy Boots

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What You Need to Know about Cowboy Boot Anatomy

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Wondering what on earth a “spur ridge” is? Or what you are supposed to do with a “vamp”?

If you find yourself scratching your head trying to decipher the meaning behind cowboy boot terms, then you have come to the right place. Use this guide from Sheplers to decode the technical terms of cowboy boot anatomy, and you will be on your way to picking out the perfect pair of comfortable cowboy boots in no time!

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Collar. This is the very top portion of the boot shaft; some have decorative stitching or overlays.

Heel Cap. The cover on the bottom of the cowboy boot heel that usually has a rubber material to provide slip-protection.

Insole. Material inside where your foot rests. Most comfortable cowboy boots have high-tech materials for added stability, and you can also buy additional gel inserts from Sheplers for added comfort.

Outsole. Bottom portion of the boot that makes contact with the ground. This portion of the cowboy boot anatomy is often exposed to the greatest wear, so it is important that the outsole material is durable and high quality when choosing a new pair of comfortable cowboy boots.

Spur Ridge. A functional design element on the cowboy boot anatomy, the spur ridge extends past the back of the cowboy boot, creating a ledge for a spur to rest and not slide down the back of the heel.

Vamp. The area of the boot from the bottom of the shaft to the outsole that covers your foot.

How to Tie a Denim Shirt

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Looking for a way to add structure to a boxy garment, elongate your legs, or shorten a long waist?  Then you have come to the right place.

Little did you know, learning how to tie a denim shirt will allow you to create tons of new outfits that are perfect for summer country concerts, Fourth of July cookouts, and anytime you want to rock your American cowboy boots.  Learn what you have been missing out on with this guide from Sheplers on how to tie a denim shirt.

There are two ways to revamp a classic denim shirt:

  1. How to tie a denim shirt in the front: For an instant retro and casual effect, take the two fronts of a regular denim shirt and knot it at the waist, leaving the bottom of the tied ends unbuttoned.
  2. How to tie a denim shirt around your waist: This seems like a pretty easy thing to figure out; however, the trick is to figure out how to tie a denim shirt around your waist in the most flattering way possible. Some ways to do this are:
    • Make sure the denim shirt is completely unbuttoned before tying it; by leaving the shirt buttoned, you risk making your back area look bulky.
    • Hold the sleeves out to the side behind you so the collar is facing out, and then tie. That way, you avoid any weird bumps or wrinkles in the back.
    • When tying the sleeves, remember which sleeve went over first so when you tie it the second time, the other sleeve goes over first, giving you even hanging sleeves.

Put everything you learned in this guide to good use by picking out one of these favorite denim shirts from Sheplers:

Wrangler Women’s Premium Long Sleeve Denim Shirt

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Ryan Michael Women’s Denim Cork Applique Shirt

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Ryan Michael Women’s Ruffle Indigo Tencel Shirt

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Western Saloons You Need to Visit

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Admit it – there’s been a time or two where you wondered what it would be like to walk your American cowboy boots into one of the western saloons from the Old West. Little did you know that that dream can easily become a reality.

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When the Pioneer Inn and Tavern Law passed in 1832, establishments were finally allowed to serve alcohol without forcing a customer to rent a room for the night. From there, western saloons started popping up all over the country, attracting the likes of cowboys, miners, pioneers, settlers, and trappers. While western saloons are a crucial part of American history, they are swiftly disappearing.

Use your summer vacation in order to experience the history of western saloons; simply put on your American cowboy boots and start making your way through this list of the western saloons you need to visit before their kind disappears.

  1. Merger Bar – San Antonio, TX. Known as one of the oldest bars in America, prepare to feel transported back in time after kicking up your American cowboy boots for a drink or two.
  2. Crystal Palace – Tombstone, AZ. Originally built in 1879 as the Golden Eagle Brewery, Crystal Place is a popular spot for locals such as Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday.
  3. Buckhorn Exchange – Denver, CO. Found in 1893, this is one of the western saloons founded by an original cowboy of the Wild West, Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz.

Before you head out to these western saloons, make sure you have the right pair American cowboy boots in order to really fit the part.

How to Soften Cowboy Boots

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Forget the western style clothes and the Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots are the quintessential piece that make a cowboy’s look. With over 40,000 pairs of boots in stock at our western wear warehouse, you could say we know a thing or two about cowboy boots. While you may find the perfect pair of cowboy boots, they may not always be the most comfortable. If your boots are feeling a little too tough for your liking, you can always soften your cowboy boots.

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Steps to Soften Your Cowboy Boots

Make your cowboy boots fit like a glove. Follow the steps below to learn how to soften cowboy boots without ruining them.

  1. Soak a cloth in warm water and wring it out so it’s still wet, but not dripping. Then, rub leather saddle soap on the cloth until it starts to lather. Leather and water do not mix well, so it is important that you use the right products to make your cowboy boots last.
  2. Working in slow, small circles, rub in the saddle soap onto the outside upper part of the boot. Start at the toe and end at the back of the foot. For the most comfortable cowboy boots, let them soak in saddle soap for an hour. To soften cowboy boots with hard leather, let them soak longer.
  3. Once the time is up, remove any excess saddle soap while simultaneously shining your cowboy boots with a towel as you buff the surface. To soften cowboy boots that have hard leather, you may need to buff an extra time.
  4. Put your new Sheplers cowboy boots on with a thick pair of socks in order to help stretch out the leather faster. This trick works perfectly for women’s riding boots to men’s work boots.
  5. Continue to wear your boots around the house with thick socks to stretch them out.
  6. Softening your cowboy boots may take some time, so if the leather is still too stiff after two days, repeat these steps until your boots reach your ideal level of softness.

Taking the time to soften your cowboy boots can make the difference between boots you can only wear an hour at a time and an everyday pair. Now that you know how to soften cowboy boots, you may also be interested in knowing how to shrink cowboy boots and how to break in American cowboy boots to ensure that your boots have the best fit possible.

 

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