How To Wear Cowboy Boots Ultimate Guide ToThe Western Boot Roper Stockman Buckaroo Boot Video [0:00:00] Hi! I'm Antonio Centeno.
I'm the founder of Real Men Real Style.
Today, I'm going to be talking about the Westernboot.
Yes, the cowboy boot.
I know many of you guys out there, you don’tride horses.
You've probably never even worn a pair ofWestern boots or even know anyone that does, but perhaps it's something you've wanted tobring into your wardrobe.
Today, I'm going to be presenting this videofor the guy that's just starting out who doesn’t maybe know a whole lot.
Some of you guys though, maybe you're alreadywearing Western boots.
You've got specific questions.
I go into a lot more in the article.
I'm going to link to it over at The Art ofManliness.
In addition, I have an infographic.
If you'd rather just look at the infographicand pick up all of this info in a matter of seconds, go over to the link that goes toReal Men Real Style and I've got the infographic right there, talk about the different types, different types of leathers, and all the different parts.
Now, in today's video, this is geared towardsthe guy just starting off, so we're going to focus in on three things.
Those three things are why you should considerwearing Western boots.
The second are the different parts of theWestern boot.
Finally, I'm going to talk about the mostcommon styles that you're going to see out there.
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Let's go ahead and let's talk about the threereasons why you should start to wear Western boots, but let me just start with a story.
My buddy, Ryan Masters — you guys have heardme talk about him — we're at a conference and he saw me wearing a pair of Lou Casey1883s.
Actually, I've got them right here and I'mgoing to use these to show about the different parts.
Ryan looked at the boots and he's like, “Youknow, those look pretty good.
I should at some point get a pair of boots.
” I'm like, “Ryan, you just moved to Colorado.
Of course you should.
You're going to find ways to use them andyou're really going to get miles out of them.
” So he went out and bought a really nice pairof gator boots.
These things drew attention.
They were a little bit lighter colored.
I don’t know exactly if they were gatoror caiman or crocodile, but in any case, they grabbed attention.
Ryan had to number one have confidence, sothat's one of the best things about starting to wear Western boots especially if you didn’tgrow up wearing Western boots, is that you have to have the confidence and build theconfidence to realize when you're wearing those boots, whether you're just wearing themwith a jeans and a t-shirt — and I've seen Ryan do that — still people are drawn.
They look at his feet and they're like, “Wow! Those things really stand out.
They grab attention.
So number one, when you start to wear Westernboots, you've got to build up the confidence.
You've got to be sure of yourself becauseyou are going to get compliments.
You are going to get comments.
You are going to have people ask you aboutthem.
The next part is instant style.
I talked about he's wearing just a t-shirt, jeans.
These boots, because of the design, becauseof the flair, they instantly grab attention.
Now, he started wearing them — I know hedoes a lot of dancing.
They're in Denver and he goes out to countryWestern bars now, and these things still grab attention because they are very stylish.
Boots are one of those things that it is perfectlyfine to make this almost the centerpiece of your outfit.
I'm going to get into the — I've got a bookhere and it's called “Cowboy Boots”, and I'm going to talk a little bit about a company.
In fact, I'd recommend you go check out theirwebsite.
I'll link to it, Rocketbuster.
They are a great example of a company thathas taken the art of the boot and they just ran with it.
It's an amazing company.
I think they're still in El Paso, Texas, butthese guys have had people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and other famous movie stars come in and spendabout as much money as they would on a car on these pair of boots which are handcrafted, designed, just beautiful pieces of art.
Instantly, you can add a piece of style toyour wardrobe.
The last part is the history that goes intoWestern boots.
Now, the cool part about Western boots isthat they serve a function and purpose.
I'm going to talk about this here in a secondwith the parts, but even the style of the heel, why do you think the heel is there? The heel is there because when you're ridinga horse, it actually would fit right here.
It would go right into the stirrup, hold itright there.
Why do you think they don’t have laces onthem? So if you fell off of your horse, the bootwould come off and you wouldn't get dragged and killed by your horse.
All of the boot has to do with history andfunction.
And so, let's go ahead and get into the secondpart of this video.
Let's talk about the parts.
We're going to start with the upper.
Right here, we've got pull straps.
Sometimes, you don’t see pull straps.
You'll see actually holes in the boot.
In any case, you're usually pulling the booton.
There are no laces on Western boots.
The second part is the stitching.
You'll see a lot of this stitching up now.
This actually served their purpose especiallywith the early boots.
They didn’t want them to sag or to fallover, so the stitching was there to help provide support in the boot.
Now, this is called the shaft and this isthe upper part of the boot.
Now, let's go down into the bottom part ofthe boot.
What we've got here are two boxes.
We've got one.
We've got the heel and we've got the toe box.
[0:05:05] Right here, it's called the heel counter specificallyand these are both formed to give the boot the shape.
Now, here we've got the vamp and the vampis one of the most durable, toughest parts of the boot because this is where it's goingto have a constant bending.
The vamp, oftentimes you've got stitchingand design to also strengthen this.
Again, this is probably one of the most durableparts.
If you're going to be conditioning, takingcare of your boots, which you should be, this is where you want to make sure you give specialattention because it's constantly bending.
If you don’t take care of it, this is wherethe leather will start to crack especially right here on the sides if you're not conditioningit.
Now, let's talk about the outer sole and theheel.
I talked about the heel.
Heels come in all shapes and sizes.
It depends on what you need the boot for andthe function of it.
Most Western boots though, we're going tosee anywhere from about one inch to about one and a half to almost two inches on theheel.
Two inches is a bit extreme.
Less than an inch, you're going to start toget into specific types of boots, which are geared more towards work.
Now, the outer sole right here, this is whatbasically hits the ground.
These are made to be replaced.
So if you start to wear a hole in it, you'dwant to take it to a cobbler, preferably one that specializes in boots so we can get thatreplaced.
A lot of companies like Lou Casey, I believeyou can actually send it back to the company and they will actually rebuild that for you.
Okay, so we've talked about why, we've talkedabout the parts.
Gentlemen, let's dive in to the differentstyles.
The classic Western boot, that's what I wasjust showing you right here.
We've got about — what is that — 12 inchesin the shaft.
We've got a pretty, non-descript, just simple– this is an all-around, simple boot.
Then we've got the shorty.
The shorty shaft is usually going to be quitea bit shorter, sometimes as short as six inches.
What we're going to see, the next one, let'stalk about the Western work boot.
The Western work boot, the big differenceis the heel at the bottom of the boot.
Ariat is a great company to look at theirWestern work boots because what you see is they've designed them for comfort.
These are men that are up on their feet 12to 14 to 16 hours a day and they demand comfort.
They're not necessarily getting into a horse, but they want something that's durable that still has the historic flavor of the Westernboot.
Next, let's talk about the roper.
Roper is an earlier version of the Westernwork boot and something that you'll see a lot of guys, especially if they're workingrodeos down in Pegasus, Texas or something, you're going to see ropers.
They're more practical when it comes to workand at the same time, you can jump and you can ride with them, so you'll see a lot ofguys especially that work around animals using ropers.
Now, the buckaroo, this is one that's morefor show.
It goes much higher, so the shaft on the buckaroois going to be much higher than a regular Western boot.
Finally, the stockman.
The stockman is kind of a hybrid.
Again, it's going to be for a guy that's notnecessarily getting into the saddle as much.
It's very similar to the work boot, but it'sstill going to have a lot of the style of the classic Western boot.
Okay, guys, I've got a lot more information.
Go over to Real Men Real Style, check outthe infographic.
Go to the detailed article at The Art of Manlinessand let me know in the comments if you've got questions, how you've been able to — maybewhat your favorite company is, how you've enjoyed wearing Western boots and maybe thecompliments you've gotten.
Again, guys, go check out the article, a lotmore detail.
I'll see you in the next video.
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