16 Feb 2018
Cowboy boots have been around for quite some time. Men who rode horses originally wore them. They preferred boots that had a bit of a heel. Nowadays, this type of shoes is now shown in many Texas boot stores and is a great fashion statement.
However, have you ever heard of stories lies behind the boots that many people wear? Here are a few fun facts you might not have known about these Western shoes.
Do you ever wonder how certain things have names — like how the plastic at the end of shoelaces are “aglets”? We also call the stitching on the top of the toes of cowboy boots “toe wrinkles.”
It started at around 1900s, and it was to add a decorative touch to where the shoe normally wrinkles, hence the name. Many shoes still have this stitching to this day, all thanks to boots.
How It Started
It was in the 1870s that a cowboy had the amazing idea of creating the beginnings of the sleek and versatile cowboy boot that we know and love today. He decided to bring his regular boots to a shoemaker and make some requests to make it better for horseback riding.
He wanted a pointed toe (to easily slip into the stirrup), more protection for his leg, and a thicker heel. It began with the purpose of functionality, then slowly became more fashionable.
Calfskin is the most commonly used material to make boots. It withstands wear and tear well, making it a prime option for anyone who wants to sport it.
However, manufacturers use a variety of other materials as well, such as horsehide and kangaroo skin. They can also be more exotic, especially when it comes to formal boots, with leathers made from alligator or ostrich skin.
Now that you know some of these facts about the good ol’ Western boot, you can slip them on and know what history it has been through to become what it is today.