Cowboy boots were first developed to ensure that cowboys stayed safe when riding and working. The modern cowboy boot originates from various other styles including the Wellington boot. To begin with, this was a straight plain leather boot with one-inch heels. However, cowboys also wore Hessian boots. These had a v-cut in the front and hanging in the v was a silk or leather tassel.
Since then cowboy boots have evolved and became influenced by European cavalier styles of boot, which were made of better leather and had a higher heel. Also, the toes of these boots were squared or rounded and this remained the same until around the 1950's.
Around 1920-1930 cowboy boots evolved to not only to be used to work in, but also as a fashion item. This was due to the increase in movies and radio shows, which were based upon the Wild West as well as rodeo's becoming a popular form of entertainment in the 1950's. Now, girls everywhere are wearing cowboy boots as a fun, flirty, and feminine way to dress up their outfit.
Cowboy boots are now such a fashion item that the colors, designs follow any styles that have been made popular in films and by celebrities. These days, there are all kinds of boots available from dressy, to distracted, stiletto heel to one-inch heel. There are all sorts of colors available and now boot makers are even adding studs, rhinestones, and precious stones. If you want, you may also choose your cowboy boots online and have them custom made.
With this increase in the popularity of cowboy boots, they are now a major fashion item that you can own and Western theme fashion is making a bit hit at the present time. The key to this is that cowboy boots are so versatile. You can wear them when dressing down in your favorite old pair of jeans. Or go for the super sexy look by teaming your boots with a hot denim mini-skirt and little sexy cami. Another great thing about cowboy boots is that anyone can wear them.
Since there are so many different pairs of boots for you to choose from, it is important to understand how to choose the right pair for you. So we have collected some handy hints and tips.
1) You should always choose a pair made out of soft and genuine leather
2) Think about what sort of shank you want. Either a steel shank for support or no shank for flexibility
3) If you want them to dance in, then you may not want to go for a pair with a high heel
4) Try the boots on before you have to buy. It is vital that they are snug, with enough support and room for movement of your toes
5) To get a pair of boots that feel custom made, invest in a molded footbed. This will give lots of support and cushioning.