Cowboy Boot Spurs: What You Should Know

Do you think you are ready to wear spurs on your cowboy boots? Cowboy boot spurs are a little different these days than they were back in the old west. Sheplers has cowboy boots in all shapes, sizes and colors, and we also have authentic cowboy boot spurs to pair with them.

Earn Your Spurs

Traditionally, cowboys had to earn their spurs by competing in the rodeo and proving themselves. These days, the phrase “earn your spurs” refers to proving yourself and showcasing your skills in a particular position.

What’s The Use?

Spurs are used to direct the horse along with the reigns, hands, and voice commands. Steering a live animal is no easy feat, especially when it is kicking around.

Can Anyone Wear Cowboy Boot Spurs?

Anyone can wear spurs, but if you go to the rodeo, then it’s best to leave the spurs at home unless you have competed in a rodeo and earned them like everyone else there.

How to Assemble Spurs

Sheplers has cowboy boot spurs that are already made and they can be easily attached to your boots. If you have to assemble them yourself, it is important to know that they come in three pieces and Sheplers uses the following steps to assemble them:

– The Heel Band: The U-shaped piece that fits around the boot.

– The Shank: This is the piece that extends from the middle of the heel bank.

– The rowel: This is the most recognizable piece; the circular piece with the blunt points sticking out

The assembly is intuitive between the three pieces.

Flair

Feel free to deck your cowboy boot spurs with some flair. Sheplers offers already decorated spurs in our catalogs so check them out!

Guide to American Cowboy Boots

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Here at Sheplers, you could say we know a thing or two about American cowboy boots. Having been in the business of selling cowboy boots for more years than we can count, we can safely say that there’s a reason why so many actors, musicians, and even Presidents have opted to make American cowboy boots their shoe of choice.

If you are looking to branch out with your style and try on a pair of western boots for size, then check out this guide to why you should choose American cowboy boots.

American Cowboy Boots

Uniqueness. Have you ever seen a pair of American cowboy boots that the owner didn’t take pride in? We didn’t think so. Especially if you are wear your new pair of boots anywhere outside of the South, you can bet that you will stand out from the rest.

Height. Wish that you had a couple more inches to your overall height? Then American cowboy boots can help you out; heels on these boots add anywhere from a half-inch to almost two inches of height. If you find yourself on the shorter side, then opt for full “cowboy heels.”

Shape. How many times have you looked at a pair of shoes, only to recognize it from another friend that has exactly the same pair? Give your feet a unique look by choosing American cowboy boots that have a square toe, traditional toe, snip toe, or rounded toe.

Three Tips for the Perfect Cowboy Boot Fit

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Are you having a hard time finding the perfect cowboy boot fit? Then let Sheplers show you exactly how comfortable cowboy boots are supposed to feel.

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  1. Find the correct size. Keep in mind that socks can add a ½ size to your feet, so you might want to go up a size in order to make sure that you end up with comfortable cowboy boots. For those that are in-between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger of the two sizes. Also, for those with narrow feet, order a ½ size smaller than your normal size; if you have wider feet, order a ½ size bigger in order to get the right cowboy boot fit.
  2. The heel slippage is temporary. This means that your heel will slightly slide up each time you take a step. After you have worn them for a while, the leather will conform to your foot shape and the heel slippage will stop. The more you wear them, the faster you will have comfortable cowboy boots.
  3. Look for a snug cowboy boot fit. When you first put them on, don’t freak out if the cowboy boot fit is snug; sit down, grab onto the pull straps at the top of the shaft, and push your foot through to the foot of the boot.

Three Tips for the Perfect Cowboy Boot Fit

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Are you having a hard time finding the perfect cowboy boot fit? Then let Sheplers show you exactly how comfortable cowboy boots are supposed to feel.

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  1. Find the correct size. Keep in mind that socks can add a ½ size to your feet, so you might want to go up a size in order to make sure that you end up with comfortable cowboy boots. For those that are in-between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger of the two sizes. Also, for those with narrow feet, order a ½ size smaller than your normal size; if you have wider feet, order a ½ size bigger in order to get the right cowboy boot fit.
  2. The heel slippage is temporary. This means that your heel will slightly slide up each time you take a step. After you have worn them for a while, the leather will conform to your foot shape and the heel slippage will stop. The more you wear them, the faster you will have comfortable cowboy boots.
  3. Look for a snug cowboy boot fit. When you first put them on, don’t freak out if the cowboy boot fit is snug; sit down, grab onto the pull straps at the top of the shaft, and push your foot through to the foot of the boot.

How to Clean Cowboy Boots: Exotic Leather

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For the most serious cowboys, exotic skin boots are their most prized possession – and we don’t blame them.

Handcrafted from the highest quality of rare leather, here at Sheplers, we have everything from alligator, crocodile, kangaroo, lizard, ostrich, shark skin, and snakeskin boots. We’re willing to bet that once you get your feet into a pair of one of our exotic skin boots, you are going to want to do whatever you can to make sure you keep them there.

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One of the best ways to ensure your exotic leather boots stand the test of time is to know the right way to take care of them. Use this guide from Sheplers on the do’s and don’ts of how to clean cowboy boots, and you will be able to wear your exotic skin boots for years to come.

  1. Using products intended for mammal leather, clean boots with an exotic leather cleaner. After removing dirt with a brush, insert a cowboy boot tree to keep them in their original shape while they dry.
  2. Once dry, use an exotic leather conditioner and a boot brush to gently remove all dirt. When it comes to how to clean cowboy boots, you don’t want to use a shoe shine cloth because it could make the scales come off. Use a wool dauber instead, and apply it as carefully as possible.
  3. If you plan on wearing your exotic skin boots rain or shine, weatherproof them with a product specifically designed for exotic leather.

Five American Cowboy Boots for the Fourth of July

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Are you looking to really make a statement this Fourth of July? Then you are going to need American cowboy boots – with some flair.

Everyone knows that Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to bust out over-the-top, American-themed fashion. Here at Sheplers, we have 18 pairs of red, white, and blue American cowboy boots perfect for showing your patriotic pride at any barbecue, picnic, or fireworks show you attend this Independence Day.

Made from brands you trust like Twisted X, Roper, Durango, Dan Post, and Ferrini, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting the highest quality, comfortable cowboy boots. In fact, we even offer special comfort technology, steel toe, and made in the USA boots.

Pick out one of these five American cowboy boots, and we guarantee you will win “best dressed” at any Fourth of July party.

Dan Post Patriotic Bountiful Cowboy Boots

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 Dan Post Liberty Cowboy Boots

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Ferrini Men’s Americana Cowboy Boots

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What You Need to Know about Cowboy Boot Anatomy

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Wondering what on earth a “spur ridge” is? Or what you are supposed to do with a “vamp”?

If you find yourself scratching your head trying to decipher the meaning behind cowboy boot terms, then you have come to the right place. Use this guide from Sheplers to decode the technical terms of cowboy boot anatomy, and you will be on your way to picking out the perfect pair of comfortable cowboy boots in no time!

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Collar. This is the very top portion of the boot shaft; some have decorative stitching or overlays.

Heel Cap. The cover on the bottom of the cowboy boot heel that usually has a rubber material to provide slip-protection.

Insole. Material inside where your foot rests. Most comfortable cowboy boots have high-tech materials for added stability, and you can also buy additional gel inserts from Sheplers for added comfort.

Outsole. Bottom portion of the boot that makes contact with the ground. This portion of the cowboy boot anatomy is often exposed to the greatest wear, so it is important that the outsole material is durable and high quality when choosing a new pair of comfortable cowboy boots.

Spur Ridge. A functional design element on the cowboy boot anatomy, the spur ridge extends past the back of the cowboy boot, creating a ledge for a spur to rest and not slide down the back of the heel.

Vamp. The area of the boot from the bottom of the shaft to the outsole that covers your foot.

How to Soften Cowboy Boots

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Forget the western style clothes and the Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots are the quintessential piece that make a cowboy’s look. With over 40,000 pairs of boots in stock at our western wear warehouse, you could say we know a thing or two about cowboy boots. While you may find the perfect pair of cowboy boots, they may not always be the most comfortable. If your boots are feeling a little too tough for your liking, you can always soften your cowboy boots.

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Steps to Soften Your Cowboy Boots

Make your cowboy boots fit like a glove. Follow the steps below to learn how to soften cowboy boots without ruining them.

  1. Soak a cloth in warm water and wring it out so it’s still wet, but not dripping. Then, rub leather saddle soap on the cloth until it starts to lather. Leather and water do not mix well, so it is important that you use the right products to make your cowboy boots last.
  2. Working in slow, small circles, rub in the saddle soap onto the outside upper part of the boot. Start at the toe and end at the back of the foot. For the most comfortable cowboy boots, let them soak in saddle soap for an hour. To soften cowboy boots with hard leather, let them soak longer.
  3. Once the time is up, remove any excess saddle soap while simultaneously shining your cowboy boots with a towel as you buff the surface. To soften cowboy boots that have hard leather, you may need to buff an extra time.
  4. Put your new Sheplers cowboy boots on with a thick pair of socks in order to help stretch out the leather faster. This trick works perfectly for women’s riding boots to men’s work boots.
  5. Continue to wear your boots around the house with thick socks to stretch them out.
  6. Softening your cowboy boots may take some time, so if the leather is still too stiff after two days, repeat these steps until your boots reach your ideal level of softness.

Taking the time to soften your cowboy boots can make the difference between boots you can only wear an hour at a time and an everyday pair. Now that you know how to soften cowboy boots, you may also be interested in knowing how to shrink cowboy boots and how to break in American cowboy boots to ensure that your boots have the best fit possible.

 

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The Perfect American Cowboy Boots for Father’s Day

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Have no idea what to buy your dad for Father’s Day this year? Then look no further because Sheplers has the answer to all your problems: American cowboy boots.

Sheplers has the perfect pair of cowboy boots for the cowboy in every dad; after you pick out a pair from this list of the perfect American cowboy boots for Father’s Day, your dad will be wondering how you read his mind!

Classic Cowboy Boots. For the dad who doesn’t normally treat himself, go for a classic pair of American cowboy boots that he will wear for years on end.

Lucchese Handcrafted Lonestar Calf Cowboy Boots

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Colorful Cowboy Boots. What do you buy for the dad who has everything? A pair of cowboy boots with a little bit of flair, that’s what!

Ariat Waterproof Work Groundbreaker Cowboy Boots

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Exotic Skin Cowboy Boots. For the dads who have a quite the collection of American cowboy boots already, they will appreciate the fine quality of a pair of exotic skin cowboy boots this Father’s Day.

Lucchese Handmade 1883 Men’s Rhys Hornback Caiman Cowboy Boots

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The Perfect American Cowboy Boots for Father’s Day

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Have no idea what to buy your dad for Father’s Day this year? Then look no further because Sheplers has the answer to all your problems: American cowboy boots.

Sheplers has the perfect pair of cowboy boots for the cowboy in every dad; after you pick out a pair from this list of the perfect American cowboy boots for Father’s Day, your dad will be wondering how you read his mind!

Classic Cowboy Boots. For the dad who doesn’t normally treat himself, go for a classic pair of American cowboy boots that he will wear for years on end.

Lucchese Handcrafted Lonestar Calf Cowboy Boots

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Colorful Cowboy Boots. What do you buy for the dad who has everything? A pair of cowboy boots with a little bit of flair, that’s what!

Ariat Waterproof Work Groundbreaker Cowboy Boots

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Exotic Skin Cowboy Boots. For the dads who have a quite the collection of American cowboy boots already, they will appreciate the fine quality of a pair of exotic skin cowboy boots this Father’s Day.

Lucchese Handmade 1883 Men’s Rhys Hornback Caiman Cowboy Boots

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