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10 Most Comfortable Cowboy Boots of 2021

When it comes to a great pair of cowboy boots, you want both style and comfort. A great boot is one you can wear from sun-up to sundown without it pinching or rubbing. So where do you find a boot like that?

That’s where we can help! We’ve reviewed the ten most comfortable cowboy boots out there. And we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about their good – and not-so-good – points.

So saddle up to find out more!

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The Most Comfortable Cowboy Boots

1. Charles Albert Women’s Distressed Cowboy Boot

Charles Albert Women's Modern Western Cowboy Distressed Boot with Pull-Up Tabs (11, Blush)

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These boots from Charles Albert are a great choice for any woman wanting the cowgirl look. They’re cut relatively low on the calf, measuring about 8 inches. The circumference at the top is 12.5 inches.

These are synthetic boots, so stop reading here if you’re looking for real leather. But that makes them very affordable. And the PU uppers are soft and pliable. They come in a choice of 10 different colors too.

The toe is rounded, so it won’t pinch, even if you have wider feet. And each boot has pull-on tabs, making them easy to get on and off. There’s a 0.25-inch platform, and a 2.5-inch stacked heel.

There’s also padded lining. It’s not the thickest, though, so you may find investing in extra insoles is a good choice. You’ll then have a pair of boots you can wear from day into night.

The quality might not be as high as some – but at this price, that’s not a problem. You could get at least three pairs of these for the price of a specialist cowboy brand.

Pros:

  • Available in 10 different colours
  • Rounded toe is comfortable, even for wider feet
  • Pull on tabs make them easy to get on and off

Cons:

  • The padded lining isn’t particularly thick
  • They’re not as durable as some – but at this price, that’s not a big deal.

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2. Ariat Men’s Hybrid Rancher Western Boot

ARIAT Hybrid Rancher Waterproof Western Boot – Men's Leather, Western Boots

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Cowboys looking for a durable boot should check out the Rancher from Ariat. This classically designed Western boot comes in three shades of brown. It features traditional embroidery up the shank, which measures 11.5 inches from the arch.

The circumference of the boot opening is 14 inches. And the boots are available in standard and wide fittings. The heel is 1.5 inches high, with a block shape that won’t slip out of stirrups.

The footbed uses what Ariat call 4LR. That stands for Four Layer Rebound, and it’s designed to absorb shock and reduce foot fatigue.

The Duratread outsole resists oil and slippage, so you’ll keep a firm footing on any terrain. The uppers are made of full grain leather, treated so it’s completely waterproof.

One thing to note with the waterproof coating, though, is that it means your feet will get hot.  These are best used in the winter months.

We’ve also heard of a couple of cases where the lining has come unstuck. This seems to be a rare experience, but it’s something to watch out for.

Pros:

  • Duratread outsole resists oil and slips
  • 4LR footbed absorbs shock and reduces foot fatigue
  • Completely waterproof

Cons:

  • May get too warm in hotter weather
  • We’ve heard of a couple of cases where the lining has come unstuck.

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3. Tony Lama Men’s 7955 Bison Western Boot

Tony Lama Men's Bison 7955, 9.5 US/9.5 D US Brown

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This good looking boot from Tony Lama comes in a combination of tobacco brown and blue leather.

It’s made in the USA, and the shaft measures about 11 inches from the arch. There’s a square toe and a heel measuring about 1.25 inches. The circumference of the boot opening is 14.5 inches.

Everything here is made of leather, including the sole. There’s a square toe, and the shaft features two pull tags to help getting the boots on.

While the leather sole looks beautiful, though, those wanting a practical boot may prefer rubber. These are more vulnerable to wear and tear. And there are no treads, so they can get slippery in wet conditions.

We’ve also heard of a couple of cases where there have been defects in the stitching. Examine your boots carefully when you receive them, to make sure there aren’t any issues.

Pros:

  • Smart color combination
  • Constructed of 100 per cent leather
  • Pull tags to help get them on

Cons:

  • Watch out for defects in the stitching
  • The leather sole looks great, but it won’t be a practical choice for everyone.

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4. Roper Women’s Amelia Western Boot

Roper Women's Amelia Western Boot, black, 7 Medium US

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Amelia from Roper is designed for women. The style is available in full and half sizes from 5 to 11. It’s made in classic black, with applique details on the toes, shaft and back.

It’s a shorter boot, finishing just above the ankle. The circumference at the boot opening is about 13 inches. There’s a flexible sole for comfort, and two pull tags on each boot to help ease it onto your foot.

The sole is made of smooth rubber, emblazoned with the Roper logo. And the uppers here are synthetic. While not as cost-effective as the Charles Albert boots reviewed earlier, the price still compares favorably to leather boots.

These are more a fashion statement than a working boot. Don’t expect them to hold up to long days working on a ranch. But if you’re looking for a good-looking pair of cowboy boots that will take you from day to night, these fit the bill.

Pros:

  • Good looking shorter boot
  • Flexible sole for comfort
  • Two pull tabs on each boot

Cons:

  • The rubber sole doesn’t have any treads
  • Unlikely to cope with tough use – these are for fashion, not ranch work.

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5. King USA Men’s Texas Western Cowboy Boot

KING USA TEXAS Men's Western Embroidered Genuine Leather Rodeo Rancher Cowboy Work Boots Square Toe (12, Cafe/American, numeric_12)

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If you want to make a patriotic statement, check out these boots from King USA. The design features the stars and stripes along the shaft. There are a range of other colorways too, many of which incorporate the American flag in different ways.

The uppers are made of 100 per cent Brazilian leather. The hardwearing soles are made of rubber with deep treads, helping you keep steady even on slippery surfaces. And the contrasting red and black rubber looks great too.

The platform is about 0.75 inches deep, while the heel is 1.5 inches. The shaft is about 12 inches from the arch. Two pull tabs on each boot make them easy to get on.

There’s no waterproof coating, so they won’t keep out the weather entirely. But the leather is water-resistant. And the lack of coating allows the boots to breathe, so you won’t get sweaty feet.

Note that there’s not a particularly wide range of sizes on offer here. The boots start at 8.5 and go up to 12.5. And there’s only one standard width fitting.

Pros:

  • Great range of designs and colorways
  • Uppers are made of 100 per cent Brazilian leather
  • Two pull tabs on each boot

Cons:

  • Water-resistant, but not waterproof
  • Fairly narrow range of sizes, and only one width fitting.

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6. Durango Men’s Desert Camo Western Boot

Durango Desert Camo Pull-on Western Boot Size 10.5(W)

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Durango’s western boot for men is a marriage of cowboy and military style. The shaft is patterned in a desert camo print, combined with brown on the rest of the boot.

It’s available in sizes from 7.5 to 15, and in standard and wide fittings. Note that the standard fitting is a little narrower than some other brands. The length, on the other hand, is a little generous. If you’re between sizes, it’s better to go a half-size down.

There’s a square toe, and the heel is about 1.5 inches high.

The outsole is made of rubber in a mix of two different densities. It will resist oil and scratches, and there are good deep treads so you won’t slip and slide. An EVA midsole provides flexibility and helps absorb shock.

Inside the boot, there’s a cushioned insole for comfort. This is combined with Durango’s X-treme Comfort memory foam footbed to cradle your foot and prevent fatigue.

Pros:

  • Great combination of Western and military style
  • EVA midsole for flexibility and shock absorption
  • Cushioned insole and memory foam footbed for comfort

Cons:

  • The standard fitting is a bit narrow – but wide fittings are available
  • The length is generous – you may find you need a half-size smaller than usual.

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7. Ariat Men’s Rambler Western Boot (Our Top Pick)

Ariat Men's Rambler Western Boot, Antiqued Grey, 11.5 Wide

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Ariat’s men’s Rambler design is a no-nonsense and durable boot. It’s made in plain brown leather, with no embroidery or other embellishment. But while it may not stand out on the dance floor, it’s a great boot for working and riding.

There’s a long-lasting Duratread sole and a 100 per cent leather upper. The boot measures about 10.5 inches from the arch to the top of the shaft. The platform is half an inch deep, and the block heel is about 1.5 inches high.

The boot opening has a circumference of 15 inches. Each boot is higher at the sides, and has two pull tabs, so it’s easy to get on.

The leather is beautifully supple. But note that there’s no waterproof coating. While these will cope with heavy rain, they won’t keep you dry if you step in an enormous puddle!

And the sizing here is generous. You may find you need a half, or even full size down from your normal sized boot.

Pros:

  • Very supple leather means they’re comfortable right out of the box
  • Resilient Dureatread sole
  • Pull tabs on either side of each boot

Cons:

  • Water resistant, but not completely waterproof
  • The sizing is overly generous – most will need at least a half-size down.

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8. Ariat Men’s Sport Patriot Western Boot

ARIAT mens Ariat Men's Sport Patriot Western Boot, Distressed Brown, 13 Wide US

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The Sport Patriot from Ariat is a striking boot incorporating camo print and the American flag. It’s made from 100 per cent leather with a rubber sole, and you can choose from six different colors.

These are big boots. The distance from the arch to the top of the shaft is 11 inches, and the circumference of the opening is 20 inches.

This is another style that features Ariat’s 4LR technology and Duratread outsole. You’ll get an excellent combination of cushioning, support and durability.

Again, you may find the standard fitting a little narrow. A wide fitting is available too.

Note that some of the colors use suede on the uppers. It looks great, but needs to be kept out of the rain.

Pros:

  • Striking design in a choice of 6 colors
  • 4LR technology to cushion your foot
  • Long-lasting Duratread outsole

Cons:

  • The standard width fits up a little narrow
  • Some colors feature suede, so will need to be kept out of the rain.

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9. Justin Boots Men’s Ropers Equestrian Boot

Justin Boots Men's Ropers, Black Kipskin, 10.5 D US

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The Roper boot from Justin is a smart yet understated equestrian boot. It comes in a choice of black or nine different shades of brown.

It’s constructed entirely from leather, including the sole. The shaft is 10.75 inches high, measured from the arch of the boot.

The platform is fairly shallow, at 0.25 inches – not unusual for a leather sole. The heel is about an inch. And the circumference of the boot opening is about 13.75 inches.

The boots are available in standard and wide fittings. You may find you need to go down a half-size, as they’re fairly generous.

They’re water-resistant, rather than waterproof. And note that the leather soles are smooth. If you’re looking for something that will help you keep your footing in muddy conditions, there may be better options.

Pros:

  • Smart and stylish
  • Full leather construction
  • Available in full and half-sizes

Cons:

  • These have leather soles, so there are no treads to help you keep your footing
  • You may find you need to go down a half-size from your usual shoe size.

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10. Guide Gear Men’s Cowboy Boots

Guide Gear Cowboy Boots Men 12 Inches, Leather And Slip On Western Boots For Men, Tan, 9 2E (Wide)

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Guide Gear’s boots are an affordable take on the classic cowboy boot. They’re half the price of some other styles, but still feature an all-leather upper and embroidered shaft. You can choose from black or tan in standard and wide fittings from 8 to 13.

There are two pull loops to help you ease them on, and a rubber sole for easy maintenance. Padded insoles provide extra cushioning. And the heel here is a little higher than most, at 2 inches.

The sizing is a little tight though, especially if you have wide feet. Even with the wide fitting option, you may find you need to go up half a size.

And note that the brown color uses nubuck on the foot area. You’ll need to buy a protective coating if you want them to get wet without staining.

Pros:

  • All leather uppers
  • Padded insoles
  • Two pull tabs on each boot

Cons:

  • The fit is a little snug – you may need to up half a size
  • The brown color uses nubuck, which will stain if it gets wet.

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Time to choose your new cowboy boots!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of ten of the most comfortable cowboy boots around! Whether you’re looking for cowboy fashion or a real, working boot, we hope you’ve found something to suit.

For guys, our top pick is Ariat’s Rambler boot. We love its no-nonsense style and durability. For gals, Roper’s Amelia boot is a stylish and comfortable pick.

Whichever option is right for you, we hope you enjoy wearing your cowboy boots. Happy shopping!

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