My birthday was this past week, and my husband gifted me the one thing I made him promise to not pick out on his own (because I want to do it!). He’s buying me my very first pair of western boots.
I live in cowboy boot country (maybe not as common as TX though), and while it wasn’t love at first sight, the past few years I’ve been slowly getting behind this look! My husband didn’t help since he has a problem with people who’ve never seen livestock, let alone worked with them, buying up boots. I just roll my eyes, the guy grew up on a cattle ranch, he’s allowed to have some opinions about our city cowboys if he really wants to. Whatever, he married a city girl after all.
Anyway, I decided that at this point in my life I would really like my own pair. I’m tired of wearing my paddock boots around the ranch when we are there, plus I’m now trying to extend the life of my tall boots, so it’d be nice to have a pair to toss on when I’m just puttering around the stable/tacking up/whatever. I’m excited to go pick out some, and try them on, but I’m pretty clueless. My husband swears by Ariat, but I want to know more. CobJockey also did a great review recently, which seems to put another vote in favor of Ariat boots.
My Shopping qualifications:
- Height of boot to not look stupid on my tall frame – I’m 5’10”
- Ease of break in
- Heel is reasonable, as previously mentioned I’m plenty tall on my own
- I think I prefer brown, something neutral – please nothing super loud, that’s not my style
- It needs to last me, I get attached to my shoes
- Pricetag under $250
Speak to me people! Anyone have experience with western styled boots? Passionate feelings about certain brands? I know in some places it’s a culture, to me it’s just footwear, so I need any insider knowledge. I’d welcome any opinions you want to share!