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Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Boots Without Knowing

Friday, May 6, 2016 10:47:31 AM America/Chicago

When you make a large investment like purchasing a new pair of Western boots, you want to make sure that they last for years to come. This means not only taking the proper steps to care for your boots, it also means avoiding anything that could cause damage to the leather without you knowing it. Here are just a few ways that you could be damaging your leather boots — without even realizing it.

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Cowboy Boot Fit and Sizing Guide

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:06:55 PM America/Chicago

Cowboy boots are unlike any other pair of shoes, especially leather pairs. That means that their fit and sizing runs a bit differently than, say, a pair of sneakers. While it’s always easier to try on your boots before you buy, you can still order a great pair of Ariat or Justin boots online by knowing a few simple tips and tricks. Keep these pointers in mind to ensure the perfect size for your new boots.

  1. Begin by measuring your feet. Because almost everyone has one foot that is slightly larger than the other, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of variation. Keep the larger size in mind to ensure that your new boots aren’t too tight.
  2. Consider how you’ll wear them. If you think that you’ll likely wear your boots to work outside in a colder climate, leave a bit of extra room for thick socks and to tuck in layers of jeans or long underwear. If you only plan on wearing them for recreation and style, you’re safe to go with your exact foot size.
  3. Use a size chart. When purchasing new boots online, you’ll certainly want to consult the size chart before buying. Only the boot brand knows exactly how their boots run when compared to other shoes, so use this handy chart to match up your foot measurements with the correct sizing. 

size chart

  1. Consider the toe shape. While many cowboy boots have slightly pointed toes, others have squared or rounded toes. No matter what type of toe your chosen boots have, keep in mind that the widest part of your foot should fit comfortably in the widest part of the outsole — if it doesn’t, your boots are likely too small.
pointed toe                                      rounded toe                                        square toe
  1. Consider your foot’s width. While it’s very important to measure the length of your foot, some people have feet that are wider than average. If your foot is a bit on the wider size and the boot brand doesn’t offer a wider style, consider sizing up by one half size.
  2. Remember that leather stretches. While no one should have to suffer with tight, pinching boots, a bit of a snug fit is completely normal when it comes to real leather boots. Because authentic leather stretches with frequent wear, the boots will eventually mold to fit the shape of your feet. Don’t exchange slightly tight boots for a larger size or you may end up with boots that are too large in a few weeks.

When purchasing your perfect pair of brand new cowboy boots from Love Those Boots, you’ll find lots of additional information regarding unique sizing notes for just about every pair. We also offer search features that enable you to browse all of our name brand boots by width, toe style or size to ensure the perfect fit. If you’re still struggling to find the perfect fit for your new boots, simply contact a Love Those Boots customer service representative for additional help with boot sizing. 

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Cowboy Boot Care Guide

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:42:11 AM America/Chicago

Buying a new pair of cowboy boots is not cheap, and for many people, it requires a bit of saving before making the purchase. In order to make sure that your new boots last through years of country concerts, summer tailgates and nights out, you’ll want to take proper care of the leather and keep the soles in top condition. Here are a few techniques for not only cleaning, but also protecting your boots.

  1. Treat them with a waterproof protectant. One of the best preventative measures you can take with your boots is to treat them with a waterproof treatment as soon as they arrive. Before you even wear the boots for the first time, apply a store-bought water and stain protector that will treat the leather and repel moisture. Once you wear the boots a few times, apply another coat of the treatment now that the pores of the leather have opened up a bit.
  2. Clean them after each wear. This doesn’t mean that you need to give your boots a complete scrubbing every time you wear them, but be sure to start a habit of wiping off any dust and dirt that may build up on the surface of the boots. Simply wipe the leather using a clean, dry towel, or add a bit of leather conditioner to a cloth to remove more stubborn dirt. 

  1. Use a leather conditioner. Because frequent contact with dirt and dust can cause the leather on your boots to dry out, you’ll want to treat them with a reliable leather conditioner that prevents them from cracking. Do a bit of research to find out what type of conditioner is best for your specific boots, as boots made of rattlesnake and deer-tanned leathers should not be conditioned at all. For standard boot leathers, simply massage the conditioner in with a clean, smooth rag.
  2. Don’t dry your boots. If your boots do happen to get drenched in the rain or in a puddle, don’t dry them in a dryer. Instead, place them in a dry, room temperature area and let them dry out on their own to prevent them from cracking or losing their natural moisture.
  3. Remove them properly. Instead of using the heel of one boot to remove the other boot like you would with your old sneakers, take more care when it comes to your cowboy boots. Invest in a boot jack to help you remove slim-fitting boots, or simply get down on the floor and give them a few gentle tugs while wiggling your foot out.

  1. Store your boots the right way. Maintain the original shape of your cowboy boots by storing them with stiff cardboard folded in the shape of the boot shaft. You’ll also want to store them in a closet or a similar area in your home instead of a damp and humid basement or porch.

Now that you know the proper ways to care for a high quality pair of cowboy boots, shop Love Those Boots to find the perfect Ariat, Justin or Corral boots for you. 

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Cowgirl-In-Training: Girl's Cowboy Boot Style Guide

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3:23:11 PM America/Chicago

You don’t have to know how to rope and ride to be a cowgirl at heart, and for any woman who loves the look of classic cowboy boots, there’s a pair out there made just for you. Whether this is your first pair of cowboy boots or your fiftieth, it always helps to know a bit about the different types before shopping for a new pair.

Before your next rodeo, country concert or even a Western-themed wedding, learn the ropes about Western boots, ropers and riding boots made just for women. 

Here are the main types of cowboy boots for women.

  1. Cowboy boots. The classic cowboy boot that you’re likely used to seeing features a shaft that measures 10- to 13-inches high and extends to the upper part of the calf, just below the knee. The toe is slightly pointed, and there is usually an angled heel measuring about 1.5 to 2 inches. As for decoration and detail, women’s cowboy boots usually feature all-over embroidery in the form of flowers, vines and other swirling patterns, but they can get as decorative as crosses, angel wings and studded details.                        classic boots
  2. Roper boots. If you’re looking for a more casual pair or something designed for work, the tried-and-true roper boot is also a great option for the hardworking cowgirl. These lower boots have a squared toe and a much more minimal design, and their 1-inch heels are comfortable enough for long days around the barn.
  3. Riding boots. Whether you ride horses in your spare time or you simply love the look of a sleeker pair of boots, Western riding boots are another popular style. These boots have a slim-fitting shaft that is smoother and less decorative than cowboy boots, though it extends just as high or even slightly higher. The heel is also higher than the one on a cowboy boot, typically measuring about 2-inches high.riding boots
  4. Boho fashion boots. For any woman looking for boots to wear to make an edgy, bohemian fashion statement, there are a number of women’s fashion cowboy boots that have become much more popular in recent years. These come from brands like Corral Boots and Soto Boots, and they’re often decorated with quite a bit of studded details, colorful embroidery, colored panels and even detachable belts and straps.boho boots

Once you decide on the perfect pair of women’s cowboy boots to suit your needs and tastes, browse Love Those Boots ‘ wide selection in all styles and sizes. We carry high-quality women’s boots from top brands such as Ariat, Justin and Smoky Mountain, and while they’re not all made for long days in the saddle, they’re still made to last for years to come. 

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Buyer's Guide: Leather Boot Buyer's Guide

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:50:32 PM America/Chicago

A good pair of cowboy boots can cost hundreds of dollars or more, so to most people, it’s a major purchase that is not to be taken lightly. If you’re wondering how to know how to pick a high quality pair of boots apart from the numerous faux leather options and cheap pairs constructed with shoddy workmanship, this handy buyer’s guide will tell you everything you need to know about spotting a great pair of boots.

Know the Types

Before anything else, you’ll want to narrow down your search to the specific boot that you’re looking for. Instead of browsing an endless assortment of Western and cowboy boots, consider what you’ll wear your boots for. Are you looking for something to wear while riding, or simply a stylish pair with the look that you love?

Women’s Boots

Women’s Western boots don’t just come in the traditional cowgirl boot style, although that is certainly a popular option. Here are some of the most popular types of women’s boots.

  • Classic Western boots. With their knee-high upper, stacked heel and pointed toe, the classic Western boot is easily the most recognizable style of women’s boot. These boots normally feature elaborate leatherwork and designs across the tops and sides, although their details are normally muted and understated.
  • Fashion boots. This type of Western boot has the same general look as a pair of classic cowgirl boots, but with a whole lot more detailing. Because these boots aren’t necessarily meant for working, their heels are often higher and they’re usually decorated with metal details, studs and colorful patches.
  • Roper boots. Short roper boots extend to just above the ankle to the middle of the calf. These sturdy boots are designed for walking and working in the barn, and they’re usually not very decorative.
  • Square toe boots. Square toe boots have a look that many would identify as a biker boot, though they are often worn in Western settings as well. These boots have a squared-off toe, but their heights vary from pair to pair. 

Men’s Boots

For the men, there are just as many boots for both working and for fashion. Here are the basic classifications. 

  • Cowboy boots. Just like the women’s, men’s cowboy boots feature a pointed toe, knee-high height (or just below the knee) and a stacked heel. They are usually just as decorative as the women’s versions.
  • Roper boots. Shorter roper boots feature lower heels and more tread to wear while working and riding.
  • Work boots. Work boots are designed solely for function, complete with thick treaded soles and extra padding around the sides. These boots aren’t always made of leather, and are often made of waterproof materials.
  • Square toe boots. These boots feature a squared-off toe that men with wide feet often find more comfortable than pointed cowboy boots. 

men's boots

Finding the Perfect Size

When purchasing leather boots online, it’s very important to measure the foot before ordering your usual size. Western boots often run differently than more common types of shoes, so it always helps to know your exact foot size.

Measure your foot by tracing both feet onto a piece of paper while wearing the socks that you would normally wear with boots. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure both the length and the width of the tracing. Just about everyone has one foot that is slightly larger than the other, so be sure to take the measurement of the larger foot. 

size chart

Know What to Look For

In terms of the quality of the boots, it helps to know a few key points, especially if you’re not able to touch the boots before purchasing. The first thing you should look for is the material. Even if a pair of boots says Western or riding boots, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s made of real leather, so be sure to read the full description before purchasing.

Next, inspect the seams. High quality boots heave very neat, clean and nearly invisible seams, and they never show glue or other adhesives. There shouldn’t be any loose threads or pit marks in the leather, and the toe portion of the boot should look smooth and hard without any bulging. 

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Boot Repair Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:40:30 PM America/Chicago

If you invest in a great pair of Western boots, you don’t want to toss them out at the first sign of damage. A good pair of boots is meant to last for years to come, but it will only truly last with the proper care and conditioning. If you run into a problem such as a small scuff, a larger nick or even a broken heel, these helpful tips and tricks may show you how to fix it right at home.

boot care

  1. A broken heel. A broken heel may seem like the absolute worst thing that can happen to your boots, but that’s not necessarily the case. Simply add heel tip replacement if the tip simply fell off, or if it’s something more serious, see what you can do with an adhesive and sealant designed specifically for shoes. This unique product is available at most shoe stores, and it can help to reattach missing soles, fill in holes and even rebuild larger damaged portions of the heel.
  2. Scuffs. Scuffs are normal on any pair of boots, especially a pair made of supple suede or leather. If your boots are made of dark leather, try gently buffing the scuff out with standard shoe polish in a matching shade. Use a dry suede brush to get scuffs out of suede boots, or even rub a standard school eraser over the discolored part.
  3. Cuts and nicks. Nicks in the leather seem much more difficult to remove than scuffs, but they’re actually fairly common and not impossible to remove (or at least to hide). Gently dab some nail polish in a shade that matches exactly to fill in the cut, or if you’re unable to find a polish in the same color, simply fill in the gap with a clear polish that will create the illusion of a seamless finish. 

boot care

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Buyer’s Guide: Cowboy Boot Style Guide

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:29:57 PM America/Chicago

Are you unsure of whether you’re looking for a pair of traditional Western cowboy boots or a more casual pair of ropers? While many people think that there is only one true style of Western boot—that classic, recognizable cowboy boot—once you start to explore your options, you’ll soon realize that there are a number of cowboy boot styles to choose from.

To simplify the buying process and get you into the perfect pair of boots more quickly, we’ve created this helpful buyer’s guide to all of the different boot styles. Just choose the one that’s right for you and you’ll be ready for all of those upcoming country weddings, concerts and other rowdy activities in no time!

  • Classic cowboy boots. These iconic cowboy boots are the ones that you will likely recognize most. They feature a shaft that extends to mid-calf, an angled heel of about 1½ inches and a slightly pointed toe. They are also often decorated with Western cutout patterns in a different color leather. 

classic boots

 

classic boots

  • Riding boots. Unlike cowboy boots, riding boots have a smoother surface without as much elaborate detail and a higher stacked heel of about 2 inches. Like cowboy boots, however, they feature a pointed or very slightly rounded toe, and they extend to mid-calf or a bit higher. 

riding boots

  • Roper boots.Roper boots are a bit lower than cowboy boots, extending only just above the ankle (about 7 to 10 inches high). They also differ from cowboy boots in that their heels measure only around 1 to 1 ½-inch high and have a squared shape that is signature to this style of boot. Ropers are often decorated with similar details to other Western boots, but aren’t quite as elaborate. 

roper boot

  • Western fashion boots. If you’re going for fashion more than function, you’ll find a wide selection of classic Western boots that don’t have quite the bulky, stiff feel of a pair of traditional boots. These boots vary in shaft height and heel height, but they are often slim-fitting with heels that are a bit higher than the usual cowboy boot heels. It’s easy to spot a pair of Western fashion boots because of their incredibly decorative, intricate details, however; things like cutout details with very bright, colorful leather inlays are common, as are rhinestone details or metal studs along the edges. 

fashion western boots

When choosing the perfect style of Western boot, you’ll want to consider what you’ll use it for the most. Do you frequently ride horses, or are you looking for something more to wear to country concerts and other fun events? Do you need something with a flat heel that’s easy to walk in, or are you looking for a boot with a stacked heel that makes your legs look a mile long? Your boots should make you look your best and feel ready for anything, and Love Those Boots offers a wide selection of boots from all styles to help you find the perfect pair.

 

If you already own the perfect pair of Western boots, tell us about them in the comments below—or, better yet, post a photo of yourself in your boots! 

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Cowboy Boot Elements Explained – LoveThoseBoots.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:53:32 AM America/Chicago

Do you often feel confused when you hear people referring to the “shaft” or the “vamp” of a pair of Western boots? Whether you’re an experienced boot wearer or a first-time buyer, it can be difficult to remember all of the different elements of a pair of cowboy boots. Here is a list of all of those confusing terms (and what they mean) so that you’ll sound like a boot expert at your next country concert.

  • Pull strap. This convenient flap of leather is located at the top of either side of your boots, making it easy to pull your boots on. 

pull strap

  • Shaft. This is simply the entire top part of the boot, beginning at where your foot ends and your leg begins. Traditional cowboy boot shafts range from 11 to 14 inches tall. 

boot shaft

  • Scallop. Located right at the very top of the shaft, this curved edge comes in both simple and more elaborate shapes.
  • Cutout and inlay. If your boots are ornately decorated, they likely contain cutouts in various swirling patterns and shapes. The inlay is a piece of leather in a different color that acts as the background of the cutout.

inlay

 

  • Side seam. Like the name suggests, this is the stitching that joins the front and back parts of the boot’s shaft.

side seam

  • Vamp. This is the part of the boot that covers the very top of your foot.
  • Tongue. You’ll find this at the top of the vamp. It is often cut into ornate designs. 

tongue

  • Toe box. This covers the top and sides of your toe area, and it is often made of a stiffer, stronger material to keep your toes protected.

toe box

  • Counter. This is located at the back of the boot, just above the heel.
  • Heel. Likely the most commonly known part of the boot, the heel comes in various shapes and heights to accommodate all types of wearers. 

heel

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Quality Leather Boots: What to Look For

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4:17:46 PM America/Chicago

Now that you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a pair of high-quality genuine leather boots you might be wondering what to look for. Not all leather boots are created equally, but when you use these smart and simple tips, you can be sure that your new pair will last you through every country concert, outdoor wedding and other fun event that comes your way.

         Make sure that they’re authentic. While many boots may look like leather, unless they’re marked with the stamp “Genuine Leather”, they’re not the real deal. Be          sure to read the description carefully to make sure that the boots you’re about to buy are made of real leather.


         Choose something timeless. You might be tempted to splurge on a cute pair of trendy fringe-covered boots, but when you’re making a boot investment, you                  want something that will never go out of style. Look for leather boots with smooth, clean lines, minimal details and a classic color like black or brown.

classic western boots

 slouchy boots

         Pick the perfect fit. Measure your foot before purchasing your boots. Even if you’re shopping online, you’ll find information about the fit (such as if the boots run            wide or narrow) in the product description section.

        Inspect the details. Take a close-up look at the stitching and the rubber sole on the boots. If you notice any separation or areas of weakness, don’t purchase                   them.

        When in doubt, choose a respected name. Brands like Ariat, Justin, and Laredo are all reliable options for leather boots.

quality boots

 

Do you have any secrets for choosing the perfect pair of high quality leather boots? Leave your advice in the comments section, or post a photo of your favorite Love Those Boots leather boots. 

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3 Boots Every Girl Needs – LoveThoseBoots.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 3:43:53 PM America/Chicago

Purchasing a pair of boots is definitely an investment, but the price is well worth it for the amount of wear that you’ll get from a pair of well-made boots. If you want to streamline your boot collection to only the essentials, these are the three boots that every girl needs to have in her closet.

          A pair of classic Western boots. They’re an American classic for a reason! The time-honored western boot is an absolute essential for any boot-lover because it          offers the very best of quality, comfort and reliability combined with an effortlessly cool look that will never go out of style. Brands like Ariat, Justin and Dan Post                are all great choices, as they offer the most bang for your buck in terms of price and performance. Rock a pair of go-to cowboy boots with jeans, skirts or even                  sundresses—the possibilities are truly endlesss!

 

classic boots

            A pair of high-heeled boots. For those nights when you’re going out dancing with the girls, to a country concert with your crew or even on a first date, pulling on             your favorite pair of high-heeled boots will give you just the confidence boost you need. Unlike traditional pumps, a great pair of high-heeled boots will make                   you feel like a million bucks while also making you feel like you can kick some major butt. Try a pair by Ariat or Dan Post for the perfect combination of sweet                   and sexy.

high heel boots

          Low booties. For those days when you’re just looking for something cute and comfy to wear while working or running errands, booties are the perfect choice.                   These extend just to the ankle, but they pack a major punch when it comes to style.

bootiesWhat’s your favorite type of boots to wear? Share in the comments below, or even post a photo of yourself in pair of Love Those Boots boots!

 

 

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