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Western Boots: History and Evolution

Written by Amy Grief
Western Boots: History and Evolution
Western Boots: History and Evolution
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The western boot is an iconic style of riding boot, traditionally worn by cowboys and horse riders. Usually made from cowhide leather, the cowboy boot ranges from a sturdy, practical, no-nonsense boot to elaborately decorated fashion boots. Read on to see how the boot evolved from work to fashion staple.

The now fashion statement started in Western America as a practical boot for cowboys and ranchers. They were always made by hand but shoemakers tried to streamline their processes to make production as efficient as possible. Originally, cowboys and ranchers had to visit a cobbler to be custom fit but eventually, mail-order boot companies emerged, although custom fit boots understandably remained the preference for those who could afford it.

As time passed, cowboy boots evolved from purely practical footwear to practical footwear that also happened to make a fashion statement. In the 1930s, Hollywood started glamorising and romanticising the cowboy lifestyle within Western films which led to the increase of western boots outside of cowboy ranches.

Over the next several years the fashionability of cowboy boots grew with brands introducing their own take on the classic cowboy boot. Duo’s very own cowboy boot, the Saffron, merges the traditional style with modern colour ways with the boot being sold in 5 different colours for you to choose from.

Today, western style boots remain a symbol of authenticity, worn by enthusiasts, fashion aficionados, and individuals seeking a touch of Western charm. Their enduring appeal transcends borders and cultures, resonating with people who appreciate both their history and functionality.

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