Every cowgirl loves western riding boots!
They are not only comfortable but in my opinion, very stylish. As far as I’m concerned, Western riding boots are still as popular as they were decades ago.
And guess what is the best part of owning riding boots is? You can use them boots virtually forever if you take proper care of them.
But from my experience, choosing the right pair of women’s western riding boots is not an easy task… There are so many options, so many styles and so many “fake/fashion” boots that you want to steer clear from.
If you’re like me, these are the boots that you’re going to be wearing around the barn, when you’re in town, when you’re going on walks and – of course – when you’re riding! So you need to make sure you get the right ones. Getting the wrong ones can leave you blistering constantly and you’ll be throwing them out in no flat.
Most importantly, remember that this should be a fun process so don’t rush it and stay patient!
Keep reading to figure out how to get the perfect pair…
Patience Is A Virtue, I Promise!
There are many types of cowgirl boots and you should consider a number of factors before making a buying decision. Of course you want to make sure that you’ve got boots with a heel. If they’ve got a super small heel then you know they’re more for fashion and less for riding.
Traditional western riding boots will have tapered toes. Some will have extensive tapering and some will have less. Personally, I veer towards more of the rounded toe look just because I find too much of a point manly and honestly kind of ugly.
But that’s just my opinion! You gotta choose what you like!
The best tip that I’ll give is that don’t buy the first thing that you see. Take some time to decide which type of western riding boot is for you. Some cowgirls love the higher shaft while some prefer the shorter shaft (I swear, I didn’t mean for that to sound at all dirty!).
Your first priority should be your comfort. Even if you LOVE the look, make sure you LOVE the feel too otherwise you will regret it. Choose a pair that will be comfortable for you even after spending a whole day on a ranch riding horses 🙂
Quality Trumps Price
Whether you are going to buy riding boots for the first time, or you just want to expand your existing collection, always remember that your first priority should be a good quality.
Of course if this is for a costume or something, then go for something cheap and fake but if you’re going to be riding in these – you want them to be legitimate.
I repeat DON’T buy the cheapest pair just because it’s cheap. Western boots should last you a long long time! That’s because they’re made of leather and you can clean the leather.
As long as you keep up a solid cleaning regime, you can use the same ones virtually forever (Okay, not forever but for a very long time). And the best part? The longer you have them, the comfier they get!
Cheaper items will not last, you won’t be able to clean them properly because they’ll be faux leather and they simply don’t look the same as real boots.
Just like saddles and bridles, you really need to bite the bullet and spend those extra few bucks to get the right product.
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t look for deals!
Sometimes, you can find a very good pair through deals online and you can find some really good stuff through resales too.
Going The Extra Mile With Some Bling
There are many styles of women’s western riding boots. My favourite brand – as you might already have guessed – is Ariat 🙂
I love shopping online because I don’t mind buying used options, I find that there’s better selection & it’s generally so much cheaper! Especially for high quality brands like Ariat. One of my secrets is that I’ll go to the closest tack shop, try on a bunch of different ones and then when I find one I like, I’ll go home and order it online for a 20-30% discount.
Here’s a quick video on how Ariat boots are made and what makes them unique:
There are many types of cowgirl boots. Some boots are designed more for riding while some other boots are specifically just for fashion. I would stay away from the just-fashion ones.
Make sure you find a reputable equestrian-focused brand. This is where the leather quality is and these are the boots that are going to last rain or shine.
When you choose your badass boots, make sure to post a picture of them below 🙂 Or hashtag us on our social media pages and we’ll feature you!
Happy riding ladies
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