Guy just to give you an update...love my boots, you guys rock!
Jon, Royce City, TX
Mens Cowboy boots are a style historically used for horseback riding, worn by working cowboys. Mens Cowboy Boots are fitted with a high heel and a pointed or rounded toe, a high boot shaft to mid-calf and no lacing; usually constructed of cowhide leather. Some are also are of "exotic leather" like snake, ostrich, alligator, lizard, eel skin, sting ray, shark, elephant, elk, and buffalo, among others.
Mens Western boots come in two basic styles, Classic and Roper boots. The classic style has a tall shaft to mid-calf or higher, with an heel that is angled forward, the "cowboy" heel, normally over one inch high. A walking heel that is lower but still angled, is also a common feature; usually having a narrowed or pointed, toe.
Ropers have a short shaft that reaches above the ankle but stops before the mid-calf, fitted with a very low and squared-off heel. Usually the roper heel is less than one inch high. Ropers are normally constructed with rounded toes; however some styles come with a squared toe.
Today Western boots are a part of American culture; Cattle ranching in America began as early as 1767 in California, but did not begin in Texas until the 1820s. The vision most folk picture as the American cowboy life did not begin until 1867 with the construction of the railroads in the west which gave birth to the trail drives after the civil war.