The Cowboy Boot Through the Years


The boot has been around for many years being appropriate for horseback riding and the military. The cowboy boot seems to have emerged from different places at different times from both function and fashion. Most notably was the 1800s where the cowboy boot really started showing up. The cowboy boot has influenced people throughout the world, both as consumers and designers. A great pair of leather cowboy boots with a toe style preference is some people’s shoe of choice. Here is a look at some of the fun facts about the cowboy boot through the years.

Kansas Influence on the Cowboy Boot

In the 1870s, the Coffeyville-style boot was born in Coffeyville, Kansas. The boot was usually a black leather boot that went up in the front higher than the back of the boot. The graft, as it was called, was usually made of a different color leather. Cattle ranchers at the time made the cowboy boots in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Texans liked to put the star for their state on the toe of their boots. Cowboy boots started evolving later in the 1800s as designs from Europe influenced the cowboy boots made in America. The purchase of better leather helped make a better cowboy boot.

Major Cowboy Boot Makers

The most well known early boot makers were Charles Hyer of Hyer Brothers Boots in Olathe, Kansas, and H. J. “Daddy Joe” Justin of Justin Boots in Spanish Fort, Texas and later Nocona, Texas. As time went on more shoemakers and designers got into the cowboy boot making game. Nowadays, cowboy boots can cost into the thousands. Mens square toe cowboy boots were mainly the front style of the boots until about 1950. Now all styles are used, depending on if someone wears the cowboy boot purely for fashion or actually for riding a horse or working.

Cost of Cowboy Boots

Some of the most expensive cowboy boots were sold for $75,000. Simple cowboy boots cost about $20 in the 1800s. Most people today will pay anywhere from $300 to $500 for a decent pair of cowboy boots. There are, of course, variations of all kinds, but the average good boot falls in that $300 to $500 range. It is important to always buy a cowboy boot from a well-known maker. There is a lot that goes into making an excellent, comfortable cowboy boot.

What Makes A Great Cowboy Boot?

Details that make a great cowboy boot are plenty. The Cuban heel is a must on a cowboy boot. An underslung heel of at least a half-inch. No real cowboy boot has laces. Artisans have been stiched the most elaborate designs on the front, back, and toe of the cowboy boots. You can have a square, pointed, round, or a snip toe of the boot. The best cowboy boots are made with the finest leather. Every serious cowboy boot buyer likes a cowboy boot that is unique. Men do not want a boot that anyone else has.

The cowboy boot has been influenced as well by the Spaniards and Mexicans. It is true that as far away as China and Japan, the boot craze is big. It takes a certain person to walk into a place with a pair of strong cowboy boots. Of course, if you are out in the country in Texas where there are rattlesnakes and scorpions, you look pretty silly if you are walking through the pastures with anything other then cowboy boots on. They are a mainstay in Texas, Oklahoma, and other states.

Men and women worldwide love to pull on an expensive pair of cowboy boy boots. Designers love to take a crack at designing a cowboy boot that will take the fashion world by storm. People in Texas and horseback riders don’t need any special reason to put on cowboy boots. Movie stars can take a designer’s cowboy boot and send it off into money-making oblivion just by wearing the boots on the red carpet or in a movie. The love affair with cowboy boots will never end. Cowboy boots are both functional and beautiful.


  1. I love cowboy boots! They are so beautiful!

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