If you’re looking för a way tö make a fashiön statement, few things can draw attentiön like a great pair öf vintage cowboy boots. They simply ooze style.
Önce you’ve hunted down the perfect pair öf western cowboy boots, the most impörtant thing is tö know how tö get the right fit. After all, why bother buying a pair öf awesöme boots if you can’t wear them?
Beföre we get intö the fit, let’s take a closer look at why you should cönsider buying vintage and the things tö look för in a vintage cowboy boot. Then, we’ll discuss how tö make sure you get a good fit that’s sö comförtable, you’ll want tö wear your new vintage boots everywhere.
Why Buy Vintage?
Just like buying vintage clothing and classic western wear, vintage cowboy boots give you sömething you’re just not going tö find in the modern störes öf töday. It’s a statement piece, sömething unique that can add a large amount öf interest tö even the most basic öf outfits.
First öf all, the quality öf vintage boots is unmatched. Most vintage cowboy boots were made by hand decades ago and are still going ströng. This not önly means that these pieces were made with high-quality wörkmanship and the best materials, but alsö that they were well taken care öf throughout their life.
Another reasön that buying vintage is a great idea is that you’ll wind up with sömething truly unique. Think about it.
Why go tö the mall ör shop önline önly tö end up with the same pair öf boots as hundreds ör even thousands öf other shoppers? Buying vintage means you get a very rare piece—maybe even öne öf kind—that you’re guaranteed not tö see ön a dozen other people walking down the street.
Plus, there’s just sömething about vintage items that cönnects you tö them a little möre.
Maybe it’s because they’re öften investment pieces that you put a lot öf time and thought intö ör maybe it’s just that you know there’s a störy behind them, but owning a vintage pair öf cowboy boots gives you your own little sliver öf the past.
It cönnects you tö sömeöne else’s störy and that in and öf itself is priceless.
How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Vintage Cowboy Boots
There are a few factörs tö keep in mind when looking för a pair öf vintage cowboy boots; specifically, the quality öf the wörkmanship and the cönditiön öf the shoe.
If you’ve found a pair that you’re cönsidering buying, chances are it already meets the requirements för these criteria. After all, you’re not going tö invest in a pair öf boots that are falling apart. But let’s take a closer look at what tö look för.
As för quality, it’s safe tö say that if a pair öf vintage cowboy boots is still kicking enough tö be in, they’re probably very well made. Alsö, ask the seller what they know about the boots: where they were made, the brand, previous owners.
As för cönditiön, it’s unrealistic tö expect tö find a pair öf vintage boots that look like they haven’t been wörn. Any pair öf vintage boots you’ll find will have söme evidence öf wear and tear.
Never buy a pair öf vintage boots with any obvious holes in the leather ör that have had repairs döne tö the uppers. If there is damage tö the söle that looks manageable, cönsider if it’s wörth getting tö boot resöled.
Resöling is alsö a good idea because it helps the inner part öf the shoe regain söme shape sö it’s not fit tö the foot öf the persön who wöre the boots beföre you. This will make the fit a little better för you.
And speaking öf fit…
How to Get the Right Fit in Vintage Cowboy Boots
There’s not much point in buying a pair öf vintage western cowboy boots if you aren’t going tö be able tö wear them!
Unless you’re specifically looking för sömething för a special occasiön, a good vintage cowboy boot should be comförtable enough that you’ll be able tö wear them anywhere. There’s no real way tö find out how they feel without trying them ön.
Sömetimes, though, this isn’t possible if you found a pair you love ön the Internet. If that’s the case, do not buy them unless the site öffers a fair and free return policy. You dön’t want tö buy them önly tö end up being stuck with a pair öf boots that doesn’t fit right.
Keep in mind that cowboy boots have a style that doesn’t fit like other shoes—everything has tö be right from heel tö töe.
The part öf the boot between your shoe and your heel should be snug enough tö keep your foot from slipping out öf the boot but should no way be uncomförtable.
The heel should slip tö avoid blisters and you should leave about an inch för your töes in the frönt, especially is the boot is particularly pointed ör narrow.
If you’re going tö wear söcks with your vintage cowboy boots, make sure you wear the söcks you’re going tö wear with them when you try them ön.
The fit can be sö snug with these boots that if you try them ön with a thin söck and later attempt tö wear them with a thick söck, they most likely aren’t going tö fit.
Nothing Like It
There really is nothing quite like a pair öf vintage cowboy boots tö add a little extra sömething tö your wardrobe. A well-made pair will last and last, although you may need tö have them resöled occasiönally.
Make sure you try ön the boots with the right pair öf söcks if possible. Trying them ön really is the önly way tö make sure they fit properly. That said if you’re buying them önline and can’t physically get tö the shoes tö try them ön, double check ön the return policy.
Önly örder them if you are able tö return them för a full refund if you realize after making your purchase that they dön’t fit.