I've never really owned a pair of boots before except for work boots for landscaping. I am wanting to get a pair of cowboy boots and was wanting some help on what some good brands are. What I should expect to pay to get a decent pair of boots but not spend a fortune. What materials I shoudl look for, how do sizes normally run incase I buy online or is it a purchase I should make in person after trying a pair on?
Also just wanted to add, I do ride a motorcycle so maybe a pair of motorcycle or gaucho type boots would be more practical or get more use but really want a pair of cowboy boots.
Any online sites recommended? I am in Chicago and have heard good things about ocala western wear so was thinking about checking them out.
I am more of a fan of lace up ropers (and somewhat disenchanted with ARIAT) so take a look at these Justins: http://www.justinboots.com/boots/all_mens_boots.html There are a few discount websites out there and Ebay can be worth checking if you know your size.
Much of the boots being offered now are made in China, so shop carefully
That is why I lost interest in Ariats.
I'm a fan of Justins. My last pair, that I wear daily, cost me about $120
Also, if you have never worn boots, I highly suggest you go and try them on. I wear a different size in boots as they fit differently than normal shoes.
Thanks good advice I've heard they fit diff than shoes but also hear some people say diff brands fit differently as well. I'm leaning towards the lucchese boots but people say their sizing is very unique.
I have a pair of Lucchese's. Not sure what is unique about their sizing though.
Good boots, made in USA. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. Excellent company and I've purchased from them before. Service is stellar.
Since you ride a motorcycle, I'd recommend something with a treaded sole, not a smooth sole. You don't want to put your foot down just to have slip out from under you if you happen to step in mud, water, oil, etc.
Good thought there I didn't even think about that but if I happen to wind up on water or an oil slick spot those smooth souls would come right out from under you.
I see a lot of these roper boots. How do thsoe differ from regular boots and which would you say would be better for riding? a bike not a horse that is lol
how exactly do ropers differ from other boots?
Ropers have a lower heel, making them better for walking, roping calves, etc. Cowboy boots have a higher heel and a stronger toe, and they are better for riding. Now a days people wear cowboy boots for all different occasions, but what i said is what they were meant to be used for. I use my ropers for just about anything, and they work fine. They also arent as decorative as most cowboy boots