6 Perfect Gifts for Cowboys

Are you looking to get the perfect gift for your cowboy? Perfect, because Sheplers has all the best gifts for cowboys and we’ve been selling them since 1899. We have cowboy in our blood!

Take a look at some of our best items and see if you can’t find the perfect gift for your cowboy.

Cowboy Boots and Spurs

If your cowboy doesn’t have boots, then it should be the first thing he gets; and throw in the spurs too. If your cowboy does have boots, then he most likely would not mind another pair that’s a little different. A nice pair of comfortable cowboys boots is the perfect, go-to gift for cowboys.

Cowboy Hats

If your cowboy needs a hat, then that’s what you get him. Impress him with your cowboy hat knowledge by calling a Sheplers sales associate to walk you through everything you need to know about buying the perfect cowboy hat.

Western Wall Decor

– Cowboy Wall Art with Quotes

“Real cowboys don’t take baths, they dust off” or “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle”. Get some great cowboy wall art with quotes for your cowboy to make his man-cave extra manly.

– Lucky Horse Shoe

Give the gift of good luck and check out Sheplers’ selection of lucky horse shoes that you can put on the wall.

– Hanging Hat Rack

If you got the cowboy in your life a cowboy hat already, how about the hanging hat rack to go with it? This gift is a perfect little something extra that your cowboy will really appreciate.

– Steer Horns

Now we’re talking! Gifts for cowboys don’t have to be the traditional hat and boots. If your cowboy is the type who has everything, then think outside of the box. Check out some of the cowboy home décor at Sheplers and check out some awesome steer horns.

6 Perfect Gifts for Cowboys

Are you looking to get the perfect gift for your cowboy? Perfect, because Sheplers has all the best gifts for cowboys and we’ve been selling them since 1899. We have cowboy in our blood!

Take a look at some of our best items and see if you can’t find the perfect gift for your cowboy.

Cowboy Boots and Spurs

If your cowboy doesn’t have boots, then it should be the first thing he gets; and throw in the spurs too. If your cowboy does have boots, then he most likely would not mind another pair that’s a little different. A nice pair of comfortable cowboys boots is the perfect, go-to gift for cowboys.

Cowboy Hats

If your cowboy needs a hat, then that’s what you get him. Impress him with your cowboy hat knowledge by calling a Sheplers sales associate to walk you through everything you need to know about buying the perfect cowboy hat.

Western Wall Decor

– Cowboy Wall Art with Quotes

“Real cowboys don’t take baths, they dust off” or “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle”. Get some great cowboy wall art with quotes for your cowboy to make his man-cave extra manly.

– Lucky Horse Shoe

Give the gift of good luck and check out Sheplers’ selection of lucky horse shoes that you can put on the wall.

– Hanging Hat Rack

If you got the cowboy in your life a cowboy hat already, how about the hanging hat rack to go with it? This gift is a perfect little something extra that your cowboy will really appreciate.

– Steer Horns

Now we’re talking! Gifts for cowboys don’t have to be the traditional hat and boots. If your cowboy is the type who has everything, then think outside of the box. Check out some of the cowboy home décor at Sheplers and check out some awesome steer horns.

Sheplers Cowboy Luggage for Traveling This Winter

If you have found yourself with travel plans this winter, then luggage is likely on your list of priorities. Sheplers’ cowboy luggage is amongst the finest quality and style luggage that you are likely to find.

Hard Shell Hat Cans

If you are traveling with your cowboy hat, you need to take care of it with the same care you give it every day. The Sheplers’ single hat cans and double stack hat cans are exactly what you need. These rigid cases form a protective encasing around your cowboy hat or hats, and keep them in their original condition. These cases are the quintessential cowboy luggage necessity.

Lake Tahoe Sports Bag

For the gentleman out there, the Bandana by American West Charcoal Lake Tahoe Sports Bag is the perfect choice for stylish and classy cowboy luggage. The bag is available in light or dark brown and the quality speaks for itself.

Laptop Briefcase

Of course, when you are traveling you want to keep yourself connected to that wild world around you, so Sheplers American West Leather Laptop Briefcase is how you can carry around your laptop in true cowboy style. The detail in the leather work is incredible!

Zip Leather Rodeo Bag

For ladies or gentleman, the American West Fancy Zip Leather Rodeo Bag is the top of the line, American made leather bag. It’s sturdy, beautifully made and it embodies the style of the American west. The bag is only available in tan brown because the work put into each one takes a lot of time. The designs are beautiful and unmatched!

4 Facts About Cowboys and Cowboy Style

The cowboy traditions date back much farther than just the cowboy style; though the clothing is very recognizable. There is a story behind everything that cowboys wear and a reason for it all. Sheplers knows cowboy style and has everything cowboys need to look their best and show their roots, as well as these interesting facts about cowboys and their style.

History

A cowboy is a cattle rustler, a cattle driver, and a rugged outdoors man. The traditional cowboy actually dates back to the Mexican vaquero, which is where the term “buckaroo” came from. Seems those early cowboys couldn’t quite get the pronunciation down pat. The Mexican cowboy hats were incorporated in the western cowboy style as well.

Cattle Drives

During cattle drives, a handful of cowboys (5-10) would move around 3,000 cattle for miles and miles; this practice has its origins in the meat industry. Cattle drives move slow because the cowboys didn’t want the cattle to be too thin when they arrived, which is why regular stops for grazing and rest are factored into the cattle drive.

Spurs

Cowboys had to earn their cowboy boot spurs through either a long cattle drive or a rodeo. Though spurs were always used, it was said that a cowboy earned his spurs by proving that he could do his job very well.

Cowboy Style

Back in the good ‘ole days, cowboys would wear the same clothes for weeks on end. In fact, that was what made denim so popular. Denim a resilient material and it doesn’t need much upkeep. The cowboy tradition of denim is one that has not ever faded out (pun intended) and is still seen on major fashion runways year after year.

Cowboy Boot Spurs: What You Should Know

Do you think you are ready to wear spurs on your cowboy boots? Cowboy boot spurs are a little different these days than they were back in the old west. Sheplers has cowboy boots in all shapes, sizes and colors, and we also have authentic cowboy boot spurs to pair with them.

Earn Your Spurs

Traditionally, cowboys had to earn their spurs by competing in the rodeo and proving themselves. These days, the phrase “earn your spurs” refers to proving yourself and showcasing your skills in a particular position.

What’s The Use?

Spurs are used to direct the horse along with the reigns, hands, and voice commands. Steering a live animal is no easy feat, especially when it is kicking around.

Can Anyone Wear Cowboy Boot Spurs?

Anyone can wear spurs, but if you go to the rodeo, then it’s best to leave the spurs at home unless you have competed in a rodeo and earned them like everyone else there.

How to Assemble Spurs

Sheplers has cowboy boot spurs that are already made and they can be easily attached to your boots. If you have to assemble them yourself, it is important to know that they come in three pieces and Sheplers uses the following steps to assemble them:

– The Heel Band: The U-shaped piece that fits around the boot.

– The Shank: This is the piece that extends from the middle of the heel bank.

– The rowel: This is the most recognizable piece; the circular piece with the blunt points sticking out

The assembly is intuitive between the three pieces.

Flair

Feel free to deck your cowboy boot spurs with some flair. Sheplers offers already decorated spurs in our catalogs so check them out!

Cowgirl Fashion Tips for Fall

Giddy up; the fall season is just around the corner and that means it is time to get into the cowgirl fall fashion look. Sheplers not only has all the clothes, cowgirl boots, and western accessories to keep you on trend, but we also have endless fashion tips for fall to keep your look fresh and trendy.

The Dress Shirt Look

Is it a long shirt or a short dress? Whatever it is, it is the look that southern stylists are talking about for fall. Cowgirls should keep long dress shirts loose and wear it with cut-off jeans or a pair of black leggings.

Colors

Dark colors are in this fall and in a big way. Look for dark denim tops and trendy black shirts this fall. Cowgirl fall fashion is all about dark browns and vibrant reds. Match with a black cowgirl hat on top and look stunning.

Accessories

Bohemian style accessories with the cowgirl look is a great way to spice up your wardrobe this fall. However, cowgirls keep it minimal. Stay away from a lot of bangles and loose jewelry. Sheplers’ cowgirl fashion tip for fall accessories: keep it simple!

Cowgirl Boots

Vibrant cowgirl boots on a darker outfit are perfect fall fashion. Or, wear a long shirt dress with classic brown or black cowgirl boots for a comfortable, fall cowgirl look. Medium toe boots are really in and part of the simple fall fashion.

How to Break in Cowboy Boots

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walking in cowboy boots to break them in

Nothing is worse than getting blisters on your feet from boots that haven’t been properly broken in. This can throw off your day and make for an extremely uncomfortable situation that can dissuade you from wearing your cowboy boots again. Luckily, our western wear experts can demonstrate how to break in cowboy boots so that you can prevent blisters and rock those kicks. After all, you can’t go to a rodeo or dance at your favorite country concert with blisters on your feet.

Pick the Right Pair of Boots

Start off on the right foot with the right pair of boots. You don’t want anything too tight or too loose, so the rule of thumb with cowboy boots is to focus on the pinky and the big toe. How close are those to the sides of the boot? Cowboy boots have pointed toes, which can make them fit more snug than you prefer. Comfortable cowboy boots should have enough room to fit your feet with socks on to prevent blisters. There is a big difference between the square toe, round toe, and pointed toe cowboy boots. Each style will fit your foot differently and will play a big role in how you are supposed to break in cowboy boots once you buy them.

Break ‘Em In

If you have never worn cowboy boots before, there are a few tricks that all cowboys and cowgirls use to break in cowboy boots and make them fit the way they want to quickly.

Wearing Your Boots

The first tip to break in cowboy boots is actually the easiest – walk around in them…a lot. You can walk around your house for a couple of hours to stretch your boots out before you actually wear them out on the town for the first time. Walk up the stairs, walk down the stairs, you can even wear your cowboy boots to get the mail. The longer you walk around int hem in the comfort of your own home, the more they will stretch just enough and mold around your feet for optimal comfort.

Soften Boot Leather with Bug Spray

This tip might seem odd, but leather cowboy boots can be tough to break in so you need to soften cowboy boots. A bug spray with no harsh chemicals is a great way to soften the leather and make it more comfortable to walk in. If you don’t want to use any chemicals at all, you can try another method with water. The submersion method involves soaking your cowboy boots, but it can be a tricky situation that we only recommend using as a last resort.

Have Your Cowboy Boots Professionally Stretched

Still having issues breaking in cowboy boots? Take them to a professional who will stretch them; just keep in mind that this way comes at a cost. If you’re not comfortable stretching out your cowboy boots, it’s best to leave it to a professional because you could end up ruining your boots.

How to Deal with Blisters

Now that you know a few different ways to break in your cowboy boots, hopefully, you will skip that whole blister stage. However, if you do have blisters, they can be difficult to deal with. The best way to recover from boot blisters is to get blister bandages or extra-tough Band-Aids. Never try to pop or squeeze a blister because the fluid inside is what’s protecting the new skin while it grows. It’s important to keep your feet clean and dry in general, but especially when you’re dealing with blisters.

 

Post Updated: November 19, 2019

Cowboy Hat Etiquette

If there is one thing that is synonymous with cowboy culture, it is cowboy hat etiquette; an integral part of southern charm. So, if you are new to the rodeo, Sheplers has some simple cowboy hat etiquette tips so you don’t give off the wrong impression amongst other cowboys and cowgirls.

Don’t Touch Another Cowboy’s Hat

Keep your hands on your own hat! There is virtually no reason to touch another cowboy’s hat, and you definitely do not wear another man’s hat unless he offers it to you to try on after you compliment him on it.

When to Tip Your Cowboy Hat

Tip your hat when introducing yourself to a lady or to show respect for another gentleman. The hat does not have to come all the way off, just a simple pull up of the brim and a nod will suffice.

Hats Off

This is the most important cowboy hat etiquette tip from Sheplers, so pay attention. Whenever you enter a building, your hat should come off. If you are there to meet someone, your hat stays off until you have shaken hands. Then, depending on the situation, you can put your hat back on. But, when you enter someone else’s house or a restaurant, the hat stays off. The only exception is if there is nowhere to put it safely.

Keep Your Hat Clean

A clean cowboy hat shows that the cowboy takes pride in himself, and that is very important. Make sure your brim is spotless and that it is not collecting dust on the top. When you take your hat off, make sure you rest it upside down to keep the brim clean. After a day of wear, you can use a cowboy hat cleaner to ensure that your hat stays in tip-top shape.

Final Thought

A major rule when it comes to cowboy hat etiquette is this: if it feels rude, then don’t do it regardless of the circumstance. Cowboys have their own standards, so it is important to have respect for the common cowboy hat courtesies – or don’t wear one.

Cowboy Style: Tips for Finding the Right Cowboy Hat

Howdy fellas. Let’s not mince words or waste time; a man such as yourself is here for one reason, and that’s to get some tips on how to get the full-fledged cowboy style. Sheplers has all the attire to keep a cowboy looking his best, but also has tips on finding the right cowboy hat.

Function

You need to keep the sun out of your eyes on those long cattle drives, and the only way to do that is with a functional cowboy hat. Back in the old days, cowboy hats were perfect for long distance travel on horseback because they sat in place and they covered a good spread, neck to face.

If you spend time outside, check the spread on your hat and make sure it fits well. You don’t want to go chasing it when the wind picks up and it blows right off your head. It should fit snug on your head, but if you can’t get your index finger in between your head and cowboy hat, it is too tight. If you are ordering a cowboy online through a western wear store, take measurements of your head and check the dimensions online to make sure that you are ordering the right size.

Form

Cowboy style is all about feeling confident and looking good. Cowboy up! The only way to do that is to know your look.

If you have a thin, long face, or you are a tall fella, then you want to go for the elongated cowboy hat.

If you have a round face and maybe you are a tad closer to your spurs than the next guy (a little shorter), then you want to get a cowboy hat with a high crown and a medium brim.

Color

Cowboy hats in the country are like ties in the corporate world, you can’t have too many. But to start your cowboy style off right, get yourself a good black, and a decent beige cowboy hat. Wear a black cowboy hat with your dark jeans or denim, and beige with lighter colors.