The 18 Best Cowboy Boots for Men For Your Next Western Adventure

These boots were made for walking

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Howdy partners! The warmer seasons are startin' to come 'round and some of y'all might be in the process of planning all of your warm weather outfits in these next couple of weeks and months. We reckon you oughta pick up a new a pair of western boots to wear on your adventures out over yonder—especially if you're truckin' out west for a couple reasons— for starters, Cowboy Core (insert our article once live) fashion has been trending quite a bit over these past several weeks, and cowboy boots are a nice way to finish off an outfit once you've gotten the hang of wearing them. Not to mention, cowboy boots are slowly starting to become a staple in high fashion with many boot brands now offering at least one in their catalogs. Put us down for predicting that cowboy boots will be more commonplace in the future amongst high fashion and casual wear. That said, we're going to be taking a look at the best cowboy boots for men to wear now and in the future.

Whether it's boots like the Vaquero Boots White Eel J-Toe ($259.99) or a classic pair of Tony Lama Boots, these boots will get you ready for the rodeo (or to go to the grocery store). Now if y'all don't mind, let's get into our selections and everything you need to know about shopping for cowboy boots before you purchase.

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What to Look For in the Best Cowboy Boots for Men

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Before you buy your boots, there's a few things that you need to know:

  • Material: The first thing to keep in mind is the overall material of the boots. From our research and experience, the best cowboy boots are typically made from different types of leather such as full-grain or cow leather. Exotic leathers like Kangaroo leather, one of the toughest leathers in the world by the way, are also very good. If you don't want to wear leather boots, then you can always go with a material like suede, but be aware that the boots may not hold up as well over time compared to the leather options.
  • Heel Height: The standard heel height for cowboy boots is around one to two inches tall. If you aren't used to wearing shoes that have a little bit of height to them there may be an adjustment period before you feel totally comfortable, but it shouldn't take you long to get the hang of it.
  • Toe Type: There's a lot of different toe types when it comes to cowboy boots, and it actually get quite complex when it gets to the nitty gritty. You've got the traditional pointed toe boots which is the most standard, then there's the rounded toe boots which are built long working days. There's also squared boots which are meant to give you a little more room, and broad squared boots that are built for wider feet. When you get really technical, there's the J Toe, S Toe, Snip Toe, etc—tons of different toe types to choose from.

The Best Cowboy Boots for Men, at a Glance:

1. Vaquero Boots White Eel J-Toe

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Vaquero Boots

The Best White Cowboy Boots

  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 6 - 13
  • Color(s): White
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $259.99

If you are on the hunt for a distinct white cowboy boot, Vaquero Boots has a great option available with their White Eel Cowboy Boots, which are made with genuine eel skin leather to go along with a distinctive design and texture. The Eel Cowboy boots are a head turner for sure, and you get creative with the styling options as well.


2. Tecovas The Marshall Crocodile Boots

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The Best Dress Cowboy Boots

  • Material: Nile Crocodile
  • Size(s): 8 - 14
  • Color(s): Midnight, Coffee
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $1,995

This crocodile boot from Tecovas will have you walking taller with its Nile Crocodile material and uniquely patterned natural scales. Tecovas describes these boots as "the finest they've ever made," and that right there is enough to sell us. Priced at close to $2,000, the investment is definitely a steep one today, but worth it if you are truly a fan of authentic western fashion.


3. Cuadra Leather Boot

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The Best Pointed Toe Cowboy Boots

  • Material: Deer Leather
  • Size(s): 6.5 - 16
  • Color(s): Honey, Black, Brown, Deer Black
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $478

These leather cowboy boots from Cuadra are versatile and sophisticated with unmatched durability as it has a reinforced TPU graft on the leather sole to helps to ensure longevity. The boots are also wickedly stylish and versatile enough to go with a lot in your wardrobe, making them a good choice for just about any event.


4. Just Tanker 11" Steel Toe Boot

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The Best Steel Toe Cowboy Boots

  • Material: Nile Crocodile
  • Size(s): 7 - 15
  • Color(s): Brown
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $224.95, $202.45

Functionality and style are blended together with these steel toe boots from Justin, who's been in the businesses of making one-of-a-kind boots for men and women for well over a century. The Tanker Boots come with an Ortholite® insole cushion and Vibram® Commander-X5™ rubber outsole resistant to heat, oil, and whatever else you can think of.

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5. Dan Post Men's Manning Python Western Boots

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Dan Post

Best Snakeskin Cowboy Boots

  • Material: Genuine Python Leather
  • Size(s): 7 - 13
  • Color(s): Brown, Natural
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $349.95, $329.95

You will almost certainly be able to turn heads in these Python Boots from Dan Post as they are what we call a showstopper. The manning is made with a genuine python skin foot and leather shaft, and there's also an orthotic insole to add to the overall comfort of the shoe. Can't make a bad choice with a shoe that's stylish and meets all of the comfort requirements.

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6. Frye Duke Roper Boot

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Frye Company
  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 8 - 13
  • Color(s): Dark Brown, Black, Tobacco
  • Toe Type: Rounded Toe
  • Price: $398

The Duke Roper Boot not only has a dedicated fan base amongst those that are fans of the Frye brand, but the boots are also considered a Frye favorite as well. The boots are made with fullgrain leather uppers and supple leather linings to go along with the rounded toe and easy-to-pull-on shaft.


7. Laredo Classic Cowboy Boots

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 8 - 12
  • Color(s): Black
  • Toe Type: Rounded Toe
  • Price: $154.99

Laredo boots tend to be on the affordable side, which is something that's always a plus when shopping. In addition to the affordability, the quality and comfort is prioritized with a leather design and comfort insole as well. In our opinion, the silver detail on the toe and heel is what really makes these boots stand out. It's a small feature, but one that really takes it to the next level.


8. Rhodes Footwear Roper Boot

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  • Material: Suede
  • Size(s): 8 - 13
  • Color(s): Hickory, Tabacco
  • Toe Type: Rounded Toe
  • Price: $248

Taking a break from the leather to give you a solid suede option from Huckberry. You'll need to play around with the sizing as these boots are known to run snug, but once you get your size nailed down, you'll be able to enjoy them because they are very comfortable and pair well with a lot different clothing items.


9. Durango Men's Harness Boots

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 7 - 15
  • Color(s): Distressed Brown, Oiled Black
  • Toe Type: Square Toe
  • Price: $178, $139.13

We've also been focusing on mostly round toe cowboy boots, so definitely wanted to get another square toe on here to give you more of a selection. The Durango Harness Boot has the style and design for casual wear, but the comfort and build to be able to wear to work. If you choose to go with casual, it will make for a nice complementary to whatever you are wearing, and if you choose to wear them to work, you'll be comfortable all day.

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10. Rocky Branson Roper Boots

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 7 - 15
  • Color(s): Aztec Crazy Horse
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $192

Not all cowboy boots come waterproof, but the Rocky Western Boots do. The reviews say that these are the kind of boots that you can get a couple years out of at the very least due to their construction and durability, making them a great everyday boot. Cut with leather and featuring a round toe design, you can snag the Rocky Branson Roper Boots for under $200.


11. Ariat Men's Circuit Boot

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 8 - 12
  • Color(s): Brown
  • Toe Type: Square Toe
  • Price: $239.95, $194.97

Don't you just love the design on these? They tell a story much in the same way western films and tales do. Fashion can also be a form of art and showcasing your creativity, and these Circuit Boots are a clear example of that. Carefully crafted in leather construction with an attractive square toe fit, who wouldn't want these bad boys in their closet?

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12. Lethato Men's Cross Strap Boots

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 6 - 14
  • Color(s): Brown & Blue
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $249

Since we're already on the topic of cowboy boots that look like art, how about these handcrafted cross strap boots from Lethato that are also hand painted and come with Argentinean commando leather soles? These boots are beautiful, authentic, and in-line with the current trends happening in fashion.


13. Wild West Irish Setter Western Boot

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Wild West
  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 8 - 14
  • Color(s): Brown
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $204.95

These leather-made Round Toe Irish Setter Cowboy Boots by Red Wing are apparently a hot commodity as they are selling like hot cakes. If you want a pair, then now is a good time to go ahead and get them because we're not sure when they will be back in stock again. Don't wait until it's too late!


14. Freebird Bison Boots

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 8 - 16
  • Color(s): Cognac, Brown, Black
  • Toe Type: Round Toe
  • Price: $295

You'll have to break these all-leather boots in a bit, but once that's out of the way you can get a lot of enjoyment out of the Bisons. There's three colorways to choose from, and a steal of price considering the quality, construction, and design. You should be able to get at least two to three years out of these boots if you care for them properly.


15. Tecovas Johnny Boot

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  • Material: Suede
  • Size(s): 7 - 15
  • Color(s): Honey Suede, Granite Suede
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $295

Throwing in a suede option from Tecovas. Not just any suede—waterproof suede. You don't get that combination in boots very often now do ya? Also cut with a pointed toe design, Tecovas gives you the option of selecting whether or not you want your boots in a D-Average or EE-Wide Fit, which in turn only helps with providing a perfect and comfy fit. There's two color options and a generally affordable under $300 price tag for the Suede Cowboy Boots, making them another great choice to consider.


16. Canyon Trails Rodeo Cowboy Boots

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  • Material: Suede
  • Size(s): 8 - 13
  • Color(s): Black, Brown
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $59.99

If you're going to swing your partner round and round, you've gotta do it in style—no ifs, ands, or butts about it. These $60 cowboy boots from Amazon are great quality for the price and great for dancing. Also, if you're still unsure whether or not cowboy boots are for you, then these are good pair to test out as you aren't necessarily breaking the bank to get them.


17. Tractor Supply Men's Western Boots

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Tractor Supply Co.
  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 7 - 10.5
  • Color(s): Distressed Brown
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $99.99, $79.99

These leather boots from Tractor Supply Co. were made for walking (admit it—you were waiting on us to say that). They are also made for working with their durable leather composition, tough work outsole, and comfortable fit. Not a bad buy for the under $100 price tag we reckon.


18. Tony Lama Men's Nacogdoches Teju Lizard Western Boot

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  • Material: Leather
  • Size(s): 7 - 14
  • Color(s): Black
  • Toe Type: Pointed Toe
  • Price: $329.95

Anything Tony Lama is an instant classic in the cowboy boot department, and their Nacogdoches Teju Lizard Western Boot is another example of just how many wonderful boots the brand has in it's catalog. Beautifully made with leather, the Teju Lizard Western Boots also feature pull-on tabs that allow you to easy slip them on and off, and have a comfortable package insole that allows for padding in the midsole area. The black leather and goat top makes for a nice versatile design, making these boots the perfect footwear option to pair with any of your handy dandy western outfits. You can purchase for a little over $300.


FAQs About Cowboy Boots:

How should I style cowboy boots?

How should you wear cowboy boots? Well, there's multiple ways to rock them and it's mostly dependent on your personal style. They'll fit most comfortable with boot cut jeans, but you can wear cowboy boots with a wide array of different pants. Consider a pair of jeans that don't taper too hard so they fall comfortably on the boots, a white tee shirt and trucker jacket. That said, cowboy boots are pretty versatile.

What kind of pants can I wear with cowboy boots?

The different pants we listed above all are good choices to wear with cowboy boots. You can also wear the boots with cuffed jeans, and different types of trousers such as flared or pleated. You ideally want a pair of pants that does not taper too hard below the knee, as you want the pants to be able to fall over the boots.

We would recommend sticking with jeans and dressier pants though—not saying you can't wear sweatpants and joggers, but it just wouldn't be the best look.

How should my boots fit?

The general rule of thumb is for cowboy boots to fit snug, but still comfortable. Like with all leather shoes, it's a good idea to purchase on the tighter side so they break in and conform to the shape of your foot.

How should I take care of cowboy boots?

Cowboy boots require regular care in order to stay fresh. It's best to clean any dirt or dust accumulated on your boots at minimum once a week, which can be done using a brush or a cloth. You should also plan on conditioning your boots (essentially giving them a deep clean) about every three months if you wear them regularly with a conditioner meant for leather. Doing these will ensure that you get a lot of wear and little tear on your boots.

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