There are plenty of technical terms considering the different parts of a cowboy boot. If you are a first-time buyer, it is very easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for cowboy boots. Sheplers has compiled a list of the most important parts to know about, allowing you to become more familiar with cowboy boots and cowboy boot anatomy.
- Pull Straps – On the upper portion of western boots, there will be pull straps. These straps allow for you to pull your shoe on
- Boot Stitching – Stitching is an important part of cowboy boot anatomy because it is not only for decoration, but also to support and assist with holding the boot up so it does not sag or fall over.
- Vamp – The toughest part of the boot that endures a lot of bending, located right on the front, being the part that covers the feet.
- Boot Shaft – The upper part of the boot that protects the ankle and lower leg. Shaft sizes vary when it comes to cowboy boot anatomy; however, a classic western boot usually has a 10 to 14-inch shaft.
- Heel – There are different style heels available when shopping for cowboy boots, but the slanted “western heel” and lower “walking heel” are found on most traditional cowboy boots. Taller heels are meant to hold your feet in stirrups when riding. Some heel styles are only meant for fashion purposes, and serve no true functionality when it comes to working or riding.
- Dip – The V-shape at the top of the boot shaft, located in the front and the back. This part of cowboy boot anatomy is important because its purpose is to prevent the boot from pinching your legs when walking. Cowboy boots without the dip have wider openings and are called “stovepipe” cowboy boots.