A Brief History of Footwear

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What are Cowboy Boots?

The cowboys that herded cattle after the long and deadly American civil war realized in their time that they needed some new boots that were different from the normal boots in their current time and that they needed something better than the normal design. All those other boots whether be it war, carriage or field-style boots did not really serve them well during their time as riders on horseback that were navigating bushes and brambles, creeks and river months at a time. During the year of 1870 a lone cowboy brought his war boots to a shoemaker and had asked if the shoemaker can add some additional improvements to his boots such as a pointy toe so that he could be able to slip hos foot into a stirrup quite fast than before. The lone cowboy also said that he wanted a taller shaft to be made on the boots so that his legs would be protected from any harm during his adventures in the world as well as adding in a larger, under-sling heal on the bottom of the boot so that he would be able to keep his leg in a stirrup while being hard on horseback and while being on the trail. The shoemaker made a knee-high design with the ideas that he was given with and the knee-high design was made so that it can be able to protect the wearer’s legs from anything sharp on the road such as mesquite trees. barbed wires, snakes and other things that can be considered as dangerous.

Cowboy boots were originally made just for the sake that it would protect the persons legs during work and nothing more. Cowboy boots were never intended for the word “Style” and it was just for working purposes only. Cowboy boots were simply thought to be something to protect the wearer from any harm and was just simply viewed as an improvement over a vital tool for a cowboys life.

Over time though cowboy boots became something more than just for working and thus it became something more of a fashion statement to the customary black or brown stitching that was embroiled on the outside are now being replaced by more colorful stitching. Designs are constantly being thought of on the cowboy boots and more design makers are unleashing their full power of their creative minds on creating something beautiful with the new fashion trend of cowboy boots. Decades of design made the cowboy boots fashionable and it attracted the attention of the international community as it became a fashion trend among the people.

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