Cowboy Boot Help

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I have been looking for “my” pair of boots for a while now, so I thought I’d ask for some help. I ride often and spend plenty of time in the saddle, and while I like my AB’s and my Ariats are “decent,” I’d like a better pair of riding/ranching boots.

Criteria:

*Cutter/narrow square toe (not upswept)
*Full leather sole (no hybrid, no rubber that looks like leather)
*Riding heel with spur ledge (spur ledge is non negotiable)
*Made in USA (no compromise on this one either)
*Not more than 13-14” shaft (if they were perfect I’d look at some 12’s, but my sweet spot is 13” and not over 14”)

If I can think of anything else, or if any of you cowboys have suggestions I’m all ears. I am trying to find an off the shelf pair before I save up, design, pay for ($$$$), and wait the long wait time for some customs (I also would not know where to start with custom makers, so I’d prefer off the shelf if they exist).
Before I go the 1500 dollar boot route (ballpark, I know the figure for customs and be a bit lower and a LOT higher), I’d like some help if there are any suggestions.

Thanks in advance guys! I’ll be doing more reading than commenting on this one :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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I'm pretty sure boots is the one piece of cowboy gear you don't make, but I'm also sure you got an opinion on a good source.
 
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May not check all or any of your boxes, but I've had really good luck with Double H Boots as work boots
 

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I like wearing western boots when riding my bagger. Years ago I had the opportunity to purchase a lightly used pair of Stewarts of Tuscon Az handmades of deer hide and a pair in elk for a very good price. Without question the best I've ever worn. The only thing I didn't like about them was the leather soles. Very slippery until I learned you're supposed to constantly scuff them up on the bottom to aid in traction. Anyways there ya go. stay safe
 

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Well got that mare all delivered. Here is her boyfriend:


Kinda nice to take a drive to the coast. Freezing up here in the mountains and mid 70s over there.

OP so I'm guessing those ABs that we talked about a while back didn't work out so well for the cowboy'n. If I remember right you were concerned about the non leather soles. Yeah I about can't swing a leg over a pony in anything but leather soles either. Just can't. The search is real I know. So I do have a couple of ideas for ya but to absolutely check all your boxes its gonna be tough. First off is the only boots the wife will wear. I bought her another pair of something else last year, she rode in em twice and gave em to a friend. She went back to her old ones. Solano Boots:

https://www.solanoswesternwear.com/men/boots/tall_top

Made in the USA, riding heel, spur ledge and leather sole. Wonderful price, the quality and comfort is there and off the shelf. However, traditional buckaroo round toe and taller than you are looking for. The wife's:

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I just went and grabbed em to look at the tags inside, they are from New Mexico. The wife says can I get a new pair when we go to NM in a couple of weeks. We got to go pick up a filly there in a couple of weeks. However Raton where Solano Boots is is at the opposite end of the state from where we got to go to pick up this filly we bought couple of weeks back. She's getting her first month of riding right now. Looks like wife's gonna have to order em online like she did last time.

Another thought would be Drew's Boots and specifically this boot:

https://drewsboots.com/collections/buckaroo/products/drews-buckaroo-cowboy-boot-style-drh216

Hits a lot of the boxes. Leather sole, spur ledge, square toe, riding heel. But a little taller than you are looking for at 16 inches. I'm 99.999999999 percent sure they are made in the US but you would have to give em a call to make sure. Buddy and his wife both have Drew's boots (different models than above) and they like em a lot. In fact the guy with the beard in the first pic with the striped shirt and in the shotgun chaps in the fifth pic is him wearing his Drew's. And here:

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When you get ready for the custom boot look here:

https://beckboots.com/pages/custom-cowboy-boots

Our ranching partner has a pair and he has been very, very happy with them. He and I both have had more high end customs from another maker and I traded mine off and he doesn't wear his. He wear's his Becks. Seems like turnaround is pretty quick, $750ish is just a little more than half of what I paid for my last customs some years back that I traded off, they also seem kinda orientated at the working cowboy kinda guy. Their sizing kit is cool. They send you a tray of something or other and you step into it with your stocking foot and it forms around your foot. gives em a pretty accurate deal to work from I guess. Here they are:

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Hope this helps some. Like I said saddles and boots is bout the only thing in the cowboy world we don't make. We made all the other leather stuff above.
 

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Well got that mare all delivered. Here is her boyfriend:



Kinda nice to take a drive to the coast. Freezing up here in the mountains and mid 70s over there.

OP so I'm guessing those ABs that we talked about a while back didn't work out so well for the cowboy'n. If I remember right you were concerned about the non leather soles. Yeah I about can't swing a leg over a pony in anything but leather soles either. Just can't. The search is real I know. So I do have a couple of ideas for ya but to absolutely check all your boxes its gonna be tough. First off is the only boots the wife will wear. I bought her another pair of something else last year, she rode in em twice and gave em to a friend. She went back to her old ones. Solano Boots:

https://www.solanoswesternwear.com/men/boots/tall_top

Made in the USA, riding heel, spur ledge and leather sole. Wonderful price, the quality and comfort is there and off the shelf. However, traditional buckaroo round toe and taller than you are looking for. The wife's:

6lcfZyB.jpg


8uRkCcm.jpg


QfNSaug.jpg


OvvXPsU.jpg


0NgK0Dm.jpg


X0kFIU8.jpg


I just went and grabbed em to look at the tags inside, they are from New Mexico. The wife says can I get a new pair when we go to NM in a couple of weeks. We got to go pick up a filly there in a couple of weeks. However Raton where Solano Boots is is at the opposite end of the state from where we got to go to pick up this filly we bought couple of weeks back. She's getting her first month of riding right now. Looks like wife's gonna have to order em online like she did last time.

Another thought would be Drew's Boots and specifically this boot:

https://drewsboots.com/collections/buckaroo/products/drews-buckaroo-cowboy-boot-style-drh216

Hits a lot of the boxes. Leather sole, spur ledge, square toe, riding heel. But a little taller than you are looking for at 16 inches. I'm 99.999999999 percent sure they are made in the US but you would have to give em a call to make sure. Buddy and his wife both have Drew's boots (different models than above) and they like em a lot. In fact the guy with the beard in the first pic with the striped shirt and in the shotgun chaps in the fifth pic is him wearing his Drew's. And here:

KT7aIIl.jpg


CidpYJ8.jpg


AQiiwcY.jpg



When you get ready for the custom boot look here:

https://beckboots.com/pages/custom-cowboy-boots

Our ranching partner has a pair and he has been very, very happy with them. He and I both have had more high end customs from another maker and I traded mine off and he doesn't wear his. He wear's his Becks. Seems like turnaround is pretty quick, $750ish is just a little more than half of what I paid for my last customs some years back that I traded off, they also seem kinda orientated at the working cowboy kinda guy. Their sizing kit is cool. They send you a tray of something or other and you step into it with your stocking foot and it forms around your foot. gives em a pretty accurate deal to work from I guess. Here they are:

AphIg5Y.jpg


YJMzYH6.jpg


Hope this helps some. Like I said saddles and boots is bout the only thing in the cowboy world we don't make. We made all the other leather stuff above.

Thank you for sharing the video. It’s always entertaining to watch.

Yes sir you are correct, the AB’s just didn’t do it for me. Seems more like a nice boot that folks wear that want to look the part. I can’t do the rubber/hybrid sole either. Don’t matter how long they last, I’ll have the leathers redone ten times before I get another rubber/hybrid sole for riding.

Took your advice and got a free sizing kit coming from Beck. They seemed like good boots I just had not heard much about them. Read reviews, and along with your experience I decided I should try them out. I like the option to make them to my specs as well.

Another brand I found is Fenoglio. Interesting history, based in Nocona, TX and 100% American made. Searched around and the little I found as far as reviews go were very good. Seem to be top quality in both materials and craftsmanship. And at 400 bucks for a pair of full customs (non exotic) I figured they were worth a try. So I customized and ordered a pair of those too. We’ll see how they work out.

Thank you for the tips, the video, and the pictures. Its always a pleasure. It’s about time for me to get another belt from you as well sir :thumbsup:
 

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Thank you for sharing the video. It’s always entertaining to watch.

Yes sir you are correct, the AB’s just didn’t do it for me. Seems more like a nice boot that folks wear that want to look the part. I can’t do the rubber/hybrid sole either. Don’t matter how long they last, I’ll have the leathers redone ten times before I get another rubber/hybrid sole for riding.

Took your advice and got a free sizing kit coming from Beck. They seemed like good boots I just had not heard much about them. Read reviews, and along with your experience I decided I should try them out. I like the option to make them to my specs as well.

Another brand I found is Fenoglio. Interesting history, based in Nocona, TX and 100% American made. Searched around and the little I found as far as reviews go were very good. Seem to be top quality in both materials and craftsmanship. And at 400 bucks for a pair of full customs (non exotic) I figured they were worth a try. So I customized and ordered a pair of those too. We’ll see how they work out.

Thank you for the tips, the video, and the pictures. Its always a pleasure. It’s about time for me to get another belt from you as well sir :thumbsup:

Good deal glad to help! Hadn’t realized We’d built ya a belt.
 
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Thank you for sharing the video. It’s always entertaining to watch.

Yes sir you are correct, the AB’s just didn’t do it for me. Seems more like a nice boot that folks wear that want to look the part. I can’t do the rubber/hybrid sole either. Don’t matter how long they last, I’ll have the leathers redone ten times before I get another rubber/hybrid sole for riding.

Took your advice and got a free sizing kit coming from Beck. They seemed like good boots I just had not heard much about them. Read reviews, and along with your experience I decided I should try them out. I like the option to make them to my specs as well.

Another brand I found is Fenoglio. Interesting history, based in Nocona, TX and 100% American made. Searched around and the little I found as far as reviews go were very good. Seem to be top quality in both materials and craftsmanship. And at 400 bucks for a pair of full customs (non exotic) I figured they were worth a try. So I customized and ordered a pair of those too. We’ll see how they work out.

Thank you for the tips, the video, and the pictures. Its always a pleasure. It’s about time for me to get another belt from you as well sir :thumbsup:

Ya might enjoy this thread if ya haven't seen it already:

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/from-the-hoof-up-leather-and-such.1778855/
 
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