Mens cowboy boots have been extremely popular for a long time, at least since, there were North American cowboys. They are fashionable yet practical work boots that stand up to heavy everyday use.
Cowboys of course were, and still are animal herders who work mainly from horseback, as well as doing plenty of other ranch duties. The cowboy boot is designed to work well in this environment, as well as just to be a good looking comfortable boot whether you've ever seen a horse or not.
They have a high heel, pointed or round toe, and no laces. The high design protects the lower foot and ankle from scrapes and abrasions, and the high heel prevents the boot from slipping though the stirrup. Cowboy boots were originally made of cow leather, but you can also find them made of exotic materials like ostrich, eel, elephant, buffalo and so forth.
Originally mens cowboy boots were not fancy at all, just basic working boots. However cowboy's pay increased substantially during the era of large cattle drives around 1866 to1884. This is when cowboy boots started to get fancy with intricate cutout patterns, embroidery, and more. Today's boots often resemble these.
When looking for a pair of men's cowboy boots, you need to know whether you are looking for a pair of working boots or fancy dress boots. Of course a practical boot can be a working boot and somewhat fancy too, but I don't think anyone is going to work on a horse in ten thousand dollar boots (and yes, some are that expensive).
Also think about how fancy you want them. This is one area where men can go pretty wild on fashion yet still remain unquestionable manly. It depends on you and what style you prefer. Boots are available from simple to extremely pretty and complex, as well as in just about any color of the rainbow.
Also think about a budget. I don't expect anyone reading this will dump $10,000 or more on a pair, but boots can get quite expensive. There are certainly plenty of great $500 pairs available, perhaps the price of a not so extravagant suit, and they'll usually last longer too! There are also lots of great mens cowboy boots available for under $200, way under in many cases.
Check out your local stores. Choices may be limited, but you might find something perfect. Obviously a much larger selection is available online, for example at Amazon and other online retailers.
Many women end up with several pairs of cowboy boots. There is no reason a man might not end up with more than one pair of men's cowboy boots eventually either.
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