Cowboy Boot Buying Guide: Your First Pair of Men’s Cowboy Boots

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Country and western wear has become increasingly popular in men’s fashion. Country icons such as Garth Books and Alan Jackson love a good, sturdy pair of cowboy boots while country singer Luke Bryan likes something a little more extravagant. At Sheplers Western Wear, we’re sharing a cowboy boot buying guide with some tips you can keep in mind as you purchase your first pair of men’s cowboy boots.

Lucchese Handmade Lonestar Calf Cowboy Boots - Medium Toe

Lucchese Handmade Lonestar Calf Cowboy Boots – Medium Toe

What Looks Good To You

When searching for you first pair of men’s cowboy boots you want to go with the pair that catches your eye. There will be hundreds of cowboy boots as you scroll through the website, and you might begin to feel overwhelmed, but just breathe. Look for the pair that you have in mind and if you do not find a match, then aim for a pair that is easy to style with your wardrobe such as our Lucchese Handmade Lonestar Calf Cowboy Boots – Medium Toe.

Watch Out for Your Toes

Cowboy boots tend to be pointy and tight. When you are buying your first pair of men’s cowboy boots, take the style of the toe into consideration. If you are not used to pointed boots, go for a more rounded style cowboy boot. Ariat Men’s Sport Stratton Western Boots – Round Toe is a great starter pair of cowboy boots if you have never owned one. Made with full-grain leather with an 11-inch shaft and round toe, these boots are stylish, comfortable, and will complete your western look.

Go with a Smaller Size

Usually when buying shoes, we aim for a bigger size, but when buying cowboy boots it’s the complete opposite. Cowboy boots tend to run larger, so aim for a size smaller than your shoe size. They are meant to be fitted, snug, it should fit like a glove.

Breaking in the Boots

Your first pair of men’s cowboy boots might feel strange. Stiffness and tightness are common in the sole. How do you break them in? Wear your cowboy boots as much as you can. Wear them to work, church, or a concert. There are plenty of styles that can be worn to all three events such as our Justin Men’s George Strait Twang Waterproof Cowboy Work Boots – Round Toe, which are waterproof and slip resistant for safety.

Return and Exchange

Now that you have read our cowboy boot buying guide and you’ve purchased your first pair, you’re happily anticipating their arrival. However, if you find that they don’t quite fit your style after all, Sheplers will be more than glad to accept the boots in exchange for store credit within 60 days of purchase as long as the boots are in as-new condition and the soles are unscratched. Be sure to walk on carpeted areas when you’re trying on boots for the fit to ensure you don’t scratch the soles.

How to Wear Cowboy Boots in The Summer

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Wearing cowboy boots in the summer – yea or nay? While some people may be quick to jump in and say nay, at Sheplers Western Wear we wholeheartedly disagree. We know that cowboy boots can be worn all year round and still be fashionable. You just need to follow a few simple tips.

Flying Tomato Women's Denim Belted Sleeveless Dress

Flying Tomato Women’s Denim Belted Sleeveless Dress

Summer Outfit Ideas with Cowboy Boots

Whether you are dying to wear your new pair of boots or you just hate wearing flip flops, we have all the summer cowboy boots you need as well as a few outfit ideas to wear with them.

When it comes to summer boots, a shorter boot or bootie may be a good choice. They tend to feel lighter so your feet do not get so hot under the intense summer sun. We recommend the Dingo Women’s Floral Tooled Knotted Strap Booties to start. Because its tan color can match almost any outfit, this everyday boot can be paired with a sun dress, skirt, shorts, or a pair of jeans at night. Once you have an everyday pair, go for a statement pair next.

If you want to break out your standard cowboy boots in the summer, match them with a summer Miss Me dress. These dresses are perfect for a summer night out and a pair of cute cowgirl boots will make you stand out in the best way. Try a plain dress with a fun summer boot that really pops.

For a great casual outfit and a sure way to rock cowboy boots in the summer, throw on a pair of jean shorts and a sleeveless top to draw attention to your boots. Try a pair of boots with fringe, you can never go wrong with fringe. You can wear this for anything from a night out line dancing to a day of running errands. Don’t forget a statement necklace or pair of earrings to really complete the look. You can always swap out those shorts for jeans as well.

Overalls are back in style. If you are daring enough to try out this trend (we recommend it), then you need to finish this outfit with a good pair of summer cowboy boots. Wear short overalls and a cute top and throw on some booties to match. Overalls are denim after all, and nothing goes better with denim than a solid pair of cowboy boots.

For more summer outfit ideas with cowboy boots, shop our country style clothing store. We have everything from dresses to accessories as well as a large assortment of boots that could quickly fill up your closet.

How to Buy Cowboy Boots Online: Tips from the Experts

Whether you are browsing our expansive selection of men’s work boots or checking out our women’s riding boots, when you find a pair you like you want to make sure that they will fit. At Sheplers Western Wear, we understand that incorrectly guessing your size and then having to exchange boots for a different size is tedious and time consuming. To try and prevent this from happening, our online boot store has compiled a list of a few tips to help you determine your cowboy boot size.

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What’s My Boot Size? Is There A Cowboy Boot Size Chart?

There is no perfect cowboy boot size chart out there, but there are few factors to take in account when you are trying to determine your cowboy boot size. Our full boot fit guide will give you a more detailed idea, but here are a few quick tips.

1. In general, start with your normal shoe size. If you are in between sizes or one foot is bigger than the other, go with the larger size.

2. Do not forget about socks. We recommend wearing socks with your boots so take this into account when picking sizes. Thick winter socks to wear under your work boots could add a half size to your foot.

3. Take the width into account. A person with a narrow foot will take a smaller size than someone with a wide foot. Some boots will specify these differences in the sizes.

4. Consider the brand. Not surprisingly, brands can differ in size. For example, Tony Lama boots can be a bit narrow. The company may even have a cowboy boot size chart for their brand. If you already have a cowboy boot pair that fits well, this does not mean this size will be the best fit for every brand. In contrast, if you are buying the same brand as the pair that fits you well, then buying the same size is a good option.

5. Look at the reviews from people who have bought the pair of boots you are interested in. They may give you insight into whether the shoes are true to size or if they tend to run smaller or larger than normal.

Other Cowboy Boot Fit Guides

Cowboy boot sizes can be trickier to determine than other types of shoes. Keep in mind that cowboy boots may not fit perfectly when you first buy them, but our other boot fit guides may be able to help them feel snug and more comfortable.

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Sheplers’s Ultimate Cowboy Boot Care

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Whether it’s a pair of women’s riding boots or some men’s work boots, when you find that perfect pair of cowboy boots you want them to last. While you can simply wear them until they start falling apart, at Sheplers we recommend being proactive and following our ultimate cowboy boot care instructions to ensure that your boots will be around for a long time.

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Scout Boot Cream Polish

Cowboy Boot Care Instructions

Don’t be left in the dust (literally). Sure, a little dirt never hurt anyone, but the best cowboy boots will be cleaned and polished regularly. Our most popular boot polish for both men’s and women’s cowboy boots is Scout Boot Cream Polish.

If you really want your cowboy boots to last, you will want to consider the full Scout Boot Care Kit. This kit includes everything you need to send scuffs on their way and care for your cowboy boots properly.

Another option for proper cowboy boot care is the Bickmore Boot Care Kit. This bundle includes leather cleaner, leather conditioner, and water & stain repellent.

Besides cleaning your cowboys boots regularly, you’ll want to ensure that you also store them properly. Boot trees prevent your boots from bending in your closet. Some may also prevent foot odor.

At Sheplers, we understand that the best way to prolong the life of your favorite cowboy boots is by taking care of them. Keep your favorite pair of cowboy boots as a staple in your western wear wardrobe for a long time with the help of products designed just for them. Not all boots are the same, so the products your use for women’s riding boots may differ from the ones you use for men’s work boots. Be sure to read product details to determine which ones are best for your boots.

 

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Stock Up on Warm Workwear

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men's winterwear boots

Cold weather work clothes need to combine comfort, functionality, and most importantly, warmth. At Sheplers Western Wear, our online western store carries a wide variety of men’s and women’s warm workwear. Our pieces are stylish, easy to work in, and most importantly, warm. Now is the time to stock up on your warm workwear.

Warm Worker Boots

Your feet and hands will often feel the effects of cold weather first, and it’s important to make sure that you’re covered up with warm worker boots. We carry cowboy boots for men and women, and many of our boots bring the right coverage to ensure you stay warm. In addition to carrying cowboy boots for men, we also offer insulated work boots, such as our Justin Men’s Drywall Insulated Waterproof Work Boots, which will keep you warm while working.

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Women’s Western Wear for Working

Keeping your western style while staying warm in workwear is easy when you shop our women’s western wear online. Our warm workwear includes our Carhartt Weathered Duck Wildwood Jacket, which is made from 100% cotton weathered duck. It’s built or warmth and style, and its removable three-piece hood allows for extra coverage when needed.

Wrangler Jeans as Construction Worker Winter Clothes

Full coverage is necessary when working in the winter, and Wrangler Jeans offer flexible wear and full coverage. When paired with coveralls or other layers, Wrangler Jeans provide the perfect level of warmth. Visit our online western wear store for more cold weather work clothes for men and women.

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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The Best Accessories for Spring 2018

While some of Spring 2018’s fashion accessory trends are a little wacky, there are some that we at Sheplers are ready to embrace with open arms. Spice up your women’s western wear wardrobe with these accessories that are sure to have you catching spring fever.

Patterned Boots

Forget the heels, this spring boots are in! With the variety of patterns available from Sheplers, you can find the perfect patterned boots for your style. All our boots are made with high quality, genuine leather and designed for your comfort in mind.

Patterned cowgirl boots to add to women’s western wear collection

Take the Ferrini Turquoise Country Lace Cowgirl Boots– a breathtaking turquoise color with an embroidered pattern that will brighten up any outfit. Pair them with a white knit dress, dark jeans or an all-black ensemble.

Handbags Featuring Different Shapes and Pattern

Traditional handbags and purses are out and new crazy patterns with unique shapes are in! Whether you are looking for a new tote or a small purse for an evening out, Sheplers has options for you.

women’s fringe handbags with unique shape and pattern are in this season

The Shyanne Women’s Patina Studded Fringe Crossbody Bag is a great example of a unique handbag style and shape to add a little flair to your outfit. From the circular shape to the studded detailing to the fringe, this one of a kind bag adds boho western chic to your look.

Earrings for Days

Earring bling is back in! Take advantage of the trend and purchasing your favorite drop earrings from all different colors and styles. The more bling the better.

spring 2018 trends include chandelier earrings

These Shyanne Women’s Antique Silver Chandelier Earrings add a level of sophistication to any outfit. With an antique silver tone and engraved chandelier design, you can’t go wrong. The earrings transition perfectly from day to evening so you’ll sparkle in style no matter where you go. For a more casual look, check out the Cowgirl Confetti Women’s Brown Duster Earrings.

Hats for Any Occasion

Hats are exploding back on the scene in 2018. From straw hats to fedoras to cowboy hats, there is a hat for every occasion. If you are looking for a traditional straw sunhat, check out the Scala Women’s Natural Organic Raffia with Black Bow Sun Hat.

women’s hats are in for 2018

One of our favorites for spring is the Peter Grimm Women’s Namo Sun Hat. Protect yourself from the sun with this chic take on a straw sun hat. Offered in black and ivory, you’ll be in style whether you are lounging by the pool or out about the town

How to Choose the Perfect Cowboy Boots

When it comes to finding a new pair of authentic cowboy boots there are a lot of components you should consider before making your final purchase. After all, genuine cowboy boots are an investment that will last you a long time. While a new pair can be a bit pricey, your cowboy boots are a true testament to your western roots and Sheplers can guarantee that you will absolutely love this purchase. Follow this guide for how to choose the perfect pair of cowboy boots.

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Cowboy Boots Style

The first thing you should consider before buying your next pair of cowboy boots is the overall style you’re going for. Everyone is different, and their style preferences vary, and cowboy boots can come in a wide variety of styles. For example, are you looking for a dressier style or more casual? A vintage pair of cowboy boots are perfect for the more traditional cowboy, and there are more comfortable styles for those who are looking to protect their feet and provide support.

Cowboy Boots Material

Now that you have a firm grasp on the style preference of cowboy boots, you should think about the kind of material you want. Genuine cowboy boots come in many different materials and you may have a preference to the type of leather that the boots are made of. For example, authentic cowboy boots can be handcrafted from ostrich leather, alligator skin, or even hippo leather. This can also be a style preference and it’s important to understand that all genuine leather cowboy boots will be more pricey than other styles such as suede cowboy boots.

Cowboy Boots Toe Shape

The toe-shape of cowboy boots should also be a contributing factor before you make your purchase. You can find cowboy boots with a round toe shape, a square toe, a snip toe, and a pointy toe shape. The shape of your cowboy boots will be unique to your style. With Sheplers, you can find the perfect pair that you will love.

Once you have gone through this guide and you know exactly what you are looking for, visit Sheplers Western Wear for the perfect pair of cowboy boots that match your style.

 

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How to Clean Cowboy Boots

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Clean Cowboy Boots

If you have just purchased a new pair of cowboy boots, you want them to last. The best way to ensure long-term use is to properly care for and clean boots. The consistent maintenance of your cowboy boots will allow them to stay strong and durable as well as look good for a long time to come.

Clean Cowboy Boots

How to Get Clean Boots the Right Way

At Sheplers Western Wear, we offer a wide selection of genuine men’s cowboy boots and fashionable women’s boots in various styles and materials, but we understand that you want your favorite pair to last. To help you keep your trusted boots for as long a possible, we are helping you learn the proper way to clean boots.

  1. Before you even touch your boots, you need to know what material they are made of. The proper way to clean leather boots is different from the right way to clean suede boots. If you still have the care instructions from when you bought your cowboy boots, always refer to them first.
  2. The first step when you actually start to clean your cowboy boots is to get rid of the outside dirt and dust. To do this, take a cloth with the right cleaner on it and gently rub around the entire boot. For spots that are hard to come off, we suggest using a boot brush. The best way to ensure that this step is done properly is to use quality boot care items designed for your cowboy boot’s specific material.
  3. After you have successfully wiped down your cowboy boots, it’s important to condition them regularly to enhance the shininess of your boots. Once you find the right conditioner, you can gently massage the entire boot with it. Be careful not to overdo it.
  4. If you really want your clean boots to last, you can use shoe polish to get your boots looking shiny and brand new. This will also help get rid of scratches. It’s important to once again use a polish that will complement the material of your cowboy boots and ultimately not damage them. The Scout Boot cream polish is one of our bestsellers.
  5. Finally, do not forget about proper storage. Throwing your Ariat men’s cowboy boots carelessly in your closet is a sure way to keep them from lasting very long. Instead, look for boot trees to keep them from bending and always store them in a dry place.

An authentic pair of cowboy boots are worth the investment if you take good care of them. The right cowboy boot care will have your boots looking fresh and clean no matter how rough you are on them.

 

 

 

How to Clean Cowboy Boots

If you have just purchased a new pair of cowboy boots, you want them to last. The best way to ensure long-term use is to properly care for and clean boots. The consistent maintenance of your cowboy boots will allow them to stay strong and durable as well as look good for a long time to come.

Clean Cowboy Boots

How to Get Clean Boots the Right Way

At Sheplers Western Wear, we offer a wide selection of genuine men’s cowboy boots and fashionable women’s boots in various styles and materials, but we understand that you want your favorite pair to last. To help you keep your trusted boots for as long a possible, we are helping you learn the proper way to clean boots.

  1. Before you even touch your boots, you need to know what material they are made of. The proper way to clean leather boots is different from the right way to clean suede boots. If you still have the care instructions from when you bought your cowboy boots, always refer to them first.
  2. The first step when you actually start to clean your cowboy boots is to get rid of the outside dirt and dust. To do this, take a cloth with the right cleaner on it and gently rub around the entire boot. For spots that are hard to come off, we suggest using a boot brush. The best way to ensure that this step is done properly is to use quality boot care items designed for your cowboy boot’s specific material.
  3. After you have successfully wiped down your cowboy boots, it’s important to condition them regularly to enhance the shininess of your boots. Once you find the right conditioner, you can gently massage the entire boot with it. Be careful not to overdo it.
  4. If you really want your clean boots to last, you can use shoe polish to get your boots looking shiny and brand new. This will also help get rid of scratches. It’s important to once again use a polish that will complement the material of your cowboy boots and ultimately not damage them. The Scout Boot cream polish is one of our bestsellers.
  5. Finally, do not forget about proper storage. Throwing your Ariat men’s cowboy boots carelessly in your closet is a sure way to keep them from lasting very long. Instead, look for boot trees to keep them from bending and always store them in a dry place.

An authentic pair of cowboy boots are worth the investment if you take good care of them. The right cowboy boot care will have your boots looking fresh and clean no matter how rough you are on them.