Cowboy Boots Materials
Casual Shoes & Boots:
Casual Shoes & Boots:
Women's Work Boots:
- Exotic Skin Cowboy Boots | Handcrafted Cowboy Boots | Roper Cowboy Boots Lace Up Cowboy Boots | Harness Boots
- Outdoor & Hiking Boots | Harley Davidson Boots | Minnetonka Moccasins
- Regular Work Boots | Western Work Boots
Choosing the best material for your next pair of cowboy boots depends on the purpose of your cowboy boots. If they are for working, you’ll want one type of material, but if they are just for showing off, you’ll want something more exotic. Everyone should consider having two pairs for cowboy boots – one for work and one for play.
Regular cowhide leather is the most popular choice for cowboy boots. People who wear their cowboy boots for doing messy, outside-type work choose this type of leather more often than not. It is very durable, looks nice, and allows your feet to breathe, which keeps them healthier and less stinky! Cowhide leather is more affordable than the exotic leathers and it wears well. If you want the durability of cowhide, but the look of a more exotic leather, good news! Cowhide leather can be printed to look like buffalo, elephant, snake, lizard, or crocodile.
One of the most desired exotic skins for cowboy boots today is ostrich. It has a very unique grain and comes in several types. You can make cowboy boots from full pin quill which has all bumps; partial quill, which has some bumpy parts and some smooth parts; smooth, which has no bumps at all; or ostrich leg which has a pattern. This skin is not only unique, but is fairly durable and breathes well too. A great choice for cowboy boots!
A pair of snakeskin cowboy boots could be made from any of several types of snakes. Among the most common are python and rattlesnake. In a pair of python boots, a “back-cut” pattern features the large tiles found on the snake’s belly. These boots are made by slicing the snakeskin down the back so the belly pattern is featured on the front of the boot. In the same way, a belly-cut pattern would feature the back part of the snake on the front of the boot. This belly cut pattern features the ornate smaller tiles in various shapes found on the snake’s back. Rattlesnake boots are made from three different species of rattlesnake – Eastern, Western, and Cane Break. These types of skins produce very beautiful and complex patterns that can’t be duplicated with any other type of skin.
Cowboy boots can also be made from lizard skin. These boots are usually made with skin from an alligator lizard (not to be confused with an actual alligator) or a hornback lizard. Alligator lizard cowboy boots are very easy to shine because of the hard tiles on the surface. Hornback lizard cowboy boots are very distinctive in that the pattern of tiles is overlapping, much like the staggered rows you might see in a brick wall.
Elephant is another exotic skin that is used to make cowboy boots. The skin used has a slightly bumpy, criss-crossed pattern unlike any other type of animal skin. Cowboy boots made from this material are very scuff-resistant. To keep elephant boots supple, they do require a little bit of care and maintenance, but they are definitely worth it.
Eel skin boots are also a very popular choice. These cowboy boots are soft and supple with a very smooth, sleek look. Although eel-skin cowboy boots are lightweight, they have very good strength.
Alligator skin is another popular choice for cowboy boots. It is very distinctive and can be quite expensive. The trademark squares of the alligator skins are called tiles. The more flexible part between the tiles is called the hinge. It is this part that gives this kind of leather its flexibility, and it is this part where the drying and breaking can occur if the cowboy boots are not well-maintained. Alligator is great for dress cowboy boots because the skins have an especially high gloss finish and a deep, rich color.
Anteater is another very intriguing choice for cowboy boots. It has a look similar to alligator with the tiles and hinges. When cowboy boots were first made from this type of skin, it was taken mainly from the belly of larger animals and the tiles were very flimsy. Today the skins are taken from smaller, younger animals and can be more durable over time when cared for properly. Due to their rarity, anteater skins can be very expensive which makes them a status symbol in the world of cowboy boots.
A need for a new, less expensive skin has lead to an interest in goatskin. Goatskin is similar to kangaroo but is not quite as strong. Goat is soft and has lots of pores, which makes it cool and very breathable for your feet. Goat can also be tanned in many different ways which gives it many different looks and color options.
Cowboy boots can be made in all sorts of other exotic skins as well. Examples include bison, calfskin, elk, shark, kangaroo, and snake skins of various types, including cobra, python, and boa.
Any natural leather is good, but cowboy boots can also be made from “composition materials.” These are cowboy boots made from man-made materials which is basically fake leather. Cowboy boots made of this material do cost quite a bit less, so they may be a good choice for a small budget, although purely for the purpose of durability, a pair made from real leather is recommended if you can afford them.