How to Prevent Ruining Your Cowboy Boots in the Winter

At Sheplers, we know that cowboy boots can be expensive, and the best way to ensure that your boots don’t get ruined this winter is by preparing them for the cold season! The professionals at Sheplers western wear work with boots day in and day out, and we know the best way to treat and protect your cowboy boots in the winter.

 

There are so many commercial products available that will help keep your leather cowboy boots safe this winter. The first place to start is with a protective treatment. Protective treatments range from sprays, conditioners, and oil. These products all do relatively the same thing, and it just comes down to personal preference. These sprays restore water and stain repellency while also protecting against stains that might be caused by salt and oil.

 

Once you decide on a method of choice for protecting your cowboy boots in the winter, you need to make sure you clean them first. The salt that is used to melt snow on the sidewalks is dangerous for boots because it can stain and damage leather while also causing any metallic accents or zippers to rust. The easiest way to clean boots is with saddle soap. Saddle soap will soften and condition the leather prepping the cowboy boots to be ready for any conditioner, spray, or oil.

 

Since leather is almost like the human skin, it needs moisture in the winter! In order to survive the winter, your cowboy boots should be regularly conditioned to keep them from cracking while also making them more resistant to water. If you’re in the market for more serious waterproofing, you should look for sprays. Spray should also be applied about once a week because just spraying your cowboy boots one time at the beginning of the season is not enough.

 

Use the above tips from Sheplers western wear to protect your cowboy boots in the winter. If you need a new pair of cowboy boots, visit one of the best western stores online here.

How to Prevent Ruining Your Cowboy Boots in the Winter

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At Sheplers, we know that cowboy boots can be expensive, and the best way to ensure that your boots don’t get ruined this winter is by preparing them for the cold season! The professionals at Sheplers western wear work with boots day in and day out, and we know the best way to treat and protect your cowboy boots in the winter.

 

There are so many commercial products available that will help keep your leather cowboy boots safe this winter. The first place to start is with a protective treatment. Protective treatments range from sprays, conditioners, and oil. These products all do relatively the same thing, and it just comes down to personal preference. These sprays restore water and stain repellency while also protecting against stains that might be caused by salt and oil.

 

Once you decide on a method of choice for protecting your cowboy boots in the winter, you need to make sure you clean them first. The salt that is used to melt snow on the sidewalks is dangerous for boots because it can stain and damage leather while also causing any metallic accents or zippers to rust. The easiest way to clean boots is with saddle soap. Saddle soap will soften and condition the leather prepping the cowboy boots to be ready for any conditioner, spray, or oil.

 

Since leather is almost like the human skin, it needs moisture in the winter! In order to survive the winter, your cowboy boots should be regularly conditioned to keep them from cracking while also making them more resistant to water. If you’re in the market for more serious waterproofing, you should look for sprays. Spray should also be applied about once a week because just spraying your cowboy boots one time at the beginning of the season is not enough.

 

Use the above tips from Sheplers western wear to protect your cowboy boots in the winter. If you need a new pair of cowboy boots, visit one of the best western stores online here.

Summer Tailgates with Country Style

Summer is the time to be outside spending time with family and friends, and what better way to do that by summer tailgating? Sheplers, one of the best country stores online, knows everything about throwing a western, country style tailgate – so look no further! Follow these country style tailgate tips and get to planning.

 

First things first – grab an SUV and convert your SUV into a table. All you have to do is open the trunk, add a table cloth and put a cooler full of drinks, some snacks, and whatever food you have. This is also a great meeting place and everyone will love sitting around the trunk.

 

Next, you have to pick the perfect menu. Summer tailgating is great for sliders, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, veggies – just about any sort of finger food you can think of. Your food display is just as important as your menu. It’s a good idea to splurge on quality condiments and drinks for your guests. You should always present your food and drinks in unique serving trays and mixers. You can add some fun, festive straws, plates, and napkins to enhance your set up!

 

Once you have your menu set, you absolutely cannot skimp on presentation. A little decoration goes a long way! Look for some fun placemats and table runners. It’s also important to have another table set up for any extra space you may need.

 

Lastly, Sheplers recommends setting up tailgate games! Tailgate games keep you and your guests busy throughout the entire tailgate, and they make for even more memories. Cornhole is a great tailgate game because it allows guests to mingle and play the game while also being able to hold onto a cold drink too.

 

Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, have professionals seasoned in summer tailgating. Take the tips from us and get to partying!

Country Music Summertime Jams

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It’s summertime, and all you want to do is sit by the pool, head to the lake, or go sit on the beach – but how can you enjoy any of these without some good music? Sheplers western wear has created this list of country summertime songs for you to play at your next get together, or even just on your own personal speaker.

 

“Toes” by Zac Brown Band is the epitome of summertime. Its lyrics describe the perfect summer day “I got my toes in the water, a– in the sand/ Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand.” This song is so great that you can be at work and this song will take you right to the beach.

 

“Somewhere on a Beach” by Dierks Bentley is another classic summertime jam. Dierks Bentley makes you feel like you are at the beach with this song, and it can get you truly embracing summertime.

 

Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” is one of the best summer songs not only in country – but in any genre of music. In a genius way, Kid Rock mixed instrumental portions of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London” letting everyone who listens to the song feel like they are back in those youthful, innocent summer days.

 

“Summertime” by Kenney Chesney aka “King of Summer” first became a hit in 2006, and it still lands on lists of country summertime songs because it truly celebrates the joys we feel when summertime is finally here.

 

Last but not least, Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” is a hit about a young love’s first encounter on Labor Day that gets you feeling the love all summer long.

 

These country summertime songs put together by Sheplers western wear will have you set for the entire summer. Before you do anything else, add them to your playlist right now!

Waterproofing Your Cowboy Boots

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We know that sometimes it happens – you get caught in the rain and you’re thinking, “What am I going to do about my shoes?” Yes, cowboy boots are meant for wear-and-tear, trails, and mud, but their lifespan can definitely be cut short if they are not taken care of properly. Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, is here to help. We know how much you love your cowboy boots! By following these steps, you can be sure that your cowboy boots are ready to take on any amounts of water as you can waterproof your cowboy boots.

 

When leather is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time, the leather can stretch, discolor, crack, and wrinkle. Since water diminishes the integrity of the leather, once it is exposed to water, it will usually never be the same again. So, in order to maintain your boots, Sheplers recommends thoroughly cleaning your boots with a dry cloth and brush. Next, you should decide whether you want to use a conditioner, spray or oil.

 

Conditioners

Leather conditioners are water repellent, as oil naturally repels water. When applying conditioner, it’s always best to use a soft towel and gently rub the conditioner into the leather. You’ll know when there is enough conditioner when the conditioner has stopped absorbing and you’re left with a thin layer that covers the surface.

 

Sprays

Waterproofing sprays are quick and easy to use; however, they do contain silicone, so you run the risk of drying out your leather boots. Spray protectants are great for convenience and you don’t run the risk of any discoloration when you attempt to waterproof your cowboy boots.

 

Oils

Lastly, oil is a very popular method of waterproofing your cowboy boots, as the fatty acids in the oil make the leather soft yet durable while protecting it from any damage and moisture. All you have to do is massage the oil into the leather and warm it with a blow dryer, or set them in the sun. Be careful when using this method to make sure you don’t dry them out.

 

Now that you’re ready to use a product that will waterproof your cowboy boots, it’s important to always test a small, less obvious area of the leather with your method of choice before going ahead and using it on the entire boot.

 

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Long-Term Cowboy Hat Care

Cowboy hats are a great investment, so you want them to last! Sheplers western wear wants to share the best tips for long-term cowboy hat care to ensure that you will have your cowboy hat forever.

 

Storage

Storing your hat in optimal conditions is extremely important for maintaining its size and shape. Your hat should be stored upside down on the top of its crown in order to maintain its shape. Storing your hat on its brim might cause the hat to flatten and lose its shape. Hot temperatures can cause the sweat band in your hat to shrink. When the sweat band begins to shrink, the hat itself will then begin to shrink as well. To avoid shrinking your cowboy hat due to high heat, it’s best if you remember to never leave your hat in the car or trunk during warm weather. If your hat is worn frequently, you can store your hat on a hat rack.

 

Water

If you plan on using your hat in rainy weather, it is best to avoid a felt cowboy hat. Felt does not fare well when it gets wet. However, if it does get wet, immediately flip the sweatband outward and set the hat upside down to allow it to dry. The best types of cowboy hats that can get wet are straw and wool.

 

Cleaning

When cleaning your cowboy hat, the professionals at our western stores online emphasize that you must be gentle. You can start cleaning with a clean, damp cloth, brush, or sponge to remove any dirt from the surface. Gently rub in small circles over the entire hat. For some preventative cowboy hat care, you should keep the sweatband of your cowboy hat dry by turning it inside out so that any perspiration or oil from your hair will evaporate rather than soaking into the hat.

 

You can find your new favorite cowboy hat at Sheplers, your one stop shop for all things in men and women’s western wear.

Refresh Your Kitchen with Western Décor

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Rustic, western decor has definitely taken over the decor scene in the last few years. In the past, this type of decor has not been on the forefront of ways to spruce up your home, but today it has become very unique and stylish. Western decor is great because it can be used throughout your entire house- even your kitchen! Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, has tips to help you refresh your kitchen with western decor.

 

The great thing about western decor is the charm that captures the warmth and style of the Old West. The colors that are involved in this type of decor are ones that are evocative of the desert with clear skies. This can be emulated through neutral colors and natural furniture that will make your home feel relaxing and inviting. Western decor can also be taken into your kitchen through a few easy steps.

 

If you have a bar, this is a great place to start when adding western decor to your kitchen. Bar stools are huge accents in your kitchen, and by utilizing them, you can add the perfect pop of western to your bar. Bar stools made of wood with dark leather and silver accents will give your kitchen the cowboy touch

 

Another way you can add western decor is through a chandelier or light fixture. If you are able to hang a chandelier, you can find a wagon wheel and hang that above your kitchen table. You can also replace other light fixtures with rustic lanterns. You can further improve your kitchen by adding a variety of textiles. This can be accomplished through covering the windows with western-inspired curtains and furnishing the seat cushions of your kitchen chairs with distressed leather. You can also add some stuff to the walls such as cowboy hats, horseshoes and spurs.

 

You can find all different types of western decorations from one of the best western stores online, Sheplers western wear.

Country Stars with Birthdays in the Summer

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At Sheplers western wear, we know that summertime is the best part of the year for being outside. The hot summer months make for having a barbecue in your backyard and just spending time with family and friends. It also makes for the best time to celebrate a birthday! If you have a summertime birthday, you may share a birthday with a country star! There are a ton of country stars that celebrate birthdays in the summer months.

 

Starting off the summer birthdays are some definite fan favorites including: Lee Brice, Chris Young, Blake Shelton and Kellie Pickler. June 20th is one day of the month where several country stars share the exact same birthday. Anne Murray and Chris Thompson of the Eli Young Band, along with several others, were all born on June 20th! If you share a special day with these country music birthdays, throw a big western themed party with a hefty playlist starring all the birthday artists and you!

 

Now for the month of July, some of country’s current biggest stars are celebrating their big day. July 3rd is popular day in country music as Sarah Buxton, Trent Tomlinson, Aaron Tippin and Johnny Lee are all born on this day. Maddie Marlow celebrates her birthday on July 7th, with Toby Keith on July 8th and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts celebrating on July 10th. July birthdays continue with The Band Perry’s frontwoman, Kimberly, turning another year older followed by Luke Bryan a few days later. To end the month are Zac Brown, Neal McCoy and Martina McBride.

 

While August rounds out the summer months, there is definitely no slowing of country music birthdays. August starts with Hank Cochran and Terri Clark followed by Mark Wills, Mel Tillis, Jimmy Dean and Buck Owens. August comes to a close with Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay, Colton Swon of the Swon Brothers, Kacey Musgraves and Kenny Rogers.

 

Happy Birthday, Summer Stars!