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        Cowboy Boots

  

 

Cowboy boots are comfortable to wear. Date back to the 16th century. Cowboys boots are made with cow hide, exotic skins such as...lizard, elk, buffalo, snake, ostrich, eel, elephant, stringray, or alligator.

 

Vaqueros were the first cowboys of the open range.

Vaqueros were proverbial cowboys, entremely rough, hard working metizos who were hired by criollo cab alleros to drive cattle between New Mexico and Mexico City and later between Texas and Mexico City.

The title, through denoting a separate social class, is similar to caballero, and is a mark of pride. Vaquero is a transliternation of the words "cow" and "man". Vac means "cow". Interesting enough, in Spanish, we call ourselves cowmen, in English, it was demoted to "Cowboys".

In the United States, you have learned about being a "Cowmen" or "Cowboy" from the Vaquero. Driving cattle, rough, hard working, worked in the rain, sleet, snow, hot sun. When on a cattle drive they would ride their horses day on end. Sometimes, no food, water. When they were sick they still rode their horses. Trying to get their cattle to the destination. 

        History of the Cowboys 

In 1821, Anglo settlers arrived in Texas and became the first English speaking Mexicans in the territory. Led by Stephen F. Austin, they arrived in San Felipe de Austin, Texas. To take advantage of the vast expanse of cattle, free for the taking.

There were millions of longhorns cattle in the brush county of Texas that were loose, strayed, and had multiplied. All new settlers had to do was round up the cattle. The settlers would try to round up the cattle, trying not to get hurt. They could get trampled, gord or they could fall off their horses and parish.

Vaqueros were rounding up cattle for 223 years, since 1596, when don Juan de Onate, one of the four richest men in New Spain (present day, New Mexico) sent an expedition across the Rio Grande River into New Mexico. Ornate spent over a million dollars finding the expedition and brought some 7,000 animals to the present day United States. It eventually paid off the first gold to come from the west it was not gold it was cattle.

The wool bearing sheep and the long horned livestock.

The wool was good to make clothing and all kinds of textiles.

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Riding boots had been apart of the equestian life for centuries. When the industrial age was around boots were custom made by a cobbler. Different styles, cultures dictated the style of the boot footwear. 

Early cowboy boots designs, were greatly influenced by Vaquero tradition imported from Spain, came to the Americas. 16th century, boots dated back until that era.

Military boots, calvary designs also had an influence on boots.

 

     What are cowboy good for ?

The cowboy boots helped protect men, women children against rattlesnakes, brush, rocks, thorns, trees. Trying to herd cattle through rivers, creeks, open range, snow, ice, rain, sleet or hot sun. The high top of the boots were good because the water wouldn't get into the boots. Causing the cowboy to have wet feet while they did challenging work on a ranch.

The classic style is distinguished by a tall boot shaft, going to at least mid calf, with a angled cowboy heel, usually over one inch high. A slightly lower, still angled walking heel is also common. Although western boots can be customized with a wide variety of shapes, the classic design is a narrowed, usually pointed toe.

  How To Choose Cowboy Boots

 1. Decide what you be using boots for. Working in your yard, ranch, riding motor cycles, riding horses, dancing, parties.

 2. Shop for your cowboys boots at western stores, farm supply, on the internet, outlet mall, garage sales, estate sales, or friends closet.

When shopping on the internet, malls, department stores make sure ask about the return policy. As you wear the boots a day or two the boots might not fit your feet like you would like or may not fit tour calf right. The boots may be too narrow and blisters on your toes. Make sure you cut your toenails prior to wearing boots. Wear thin socks or thicker ones, which ever are more comfortable to your feet.

 3. Determine what you would like boots to be made of. There are several different materials boots are made of. Leather is soft and more durable. Genuine leather  may cost more, but in the long run, the boots will last years.

Cowboy boots can be made with ostrich, rattlesnake, crocodile skin. The more luxury boots can be expensive. The cost may range from $200.00 through $13,000 dollars for one pair of boots. 

 4. Decide if you would like pointed, round or square. The toe of the boot is your personal choice.

 5. When choosing boots for riding horses make sure the boots fit the stirrup. If you are riding through thick brush, make sure the boots cover your calfs and wear a thicker bluejeans.

 6. Select the heel length. Western type boots come in many lengths, including stilettos.

Keeping in mind when purchasing boots, if going dancing or using boots for the office you may want a lower heel. Riding horses at a rodeo you may want to purchase a higher heel.

 

 

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