History off western boots.

Western boots are unique footgear. They were born on the American plains. Though they have spread throughout the world, Western boots developed from the cowboy’s way of living.The pointed toe helped him find the stirrup as he prepared to mount a prancing horse. When he swung his leg up and over, the tapered toe easily picked up the other stirrup, giving him instant control of his mount.High underslung heels added to his safety. The cowboy worked on a high, unsteady perch with his horse likely to rear and bolt at any time. The high, underslung heel kept his foot from slipping through the stirrup. It also prevented his being hung up and dragged if he was thrown from a frightened horse. When he dismounted, the leather heel let him dig in for solid footing.The sturdy leather sole enabled the rider to “feel” his stirrup as he rode. Whether he was mounted or afoot, his feet were protected by the leather sole.The high tough, leather shafts shielded his legs from barbed wire, briar and brambles, even as they kept brush, leaves and pebbles from getting inside his boots. As he rode, his legs continually rubbed or slapped against the side of the horse with only the leather bootshafts absorbing the punishment.Even the row on row of fancy stitching had its solidly practical function. The stitching reinforced the shaft, keeping the leather from blousing down the leg.

 Boot care .

Shinning your boots takes two steps. First apply boot cream, then a boot wax. Select both in colors that match the leather. Rub in the boot cream, particularly over scratches and scuff marks. Let the cream dry and brush. Then apply a thin coat of wax and brush to a high gloss. The wax helps protect the leather against spotting. Most spots and marks can be removed with a pencil eraser. If soda or alcohol has dirtied your boots, make a small solution of equal parts of water and vinegar and wipe them clean. Oil spots can usually be removed with a commercial spray, or a bit of rubber cement can be allowed to harden over the stain. Rub to remove both cement and the stain. Never let boots dry in direct heat. Try to give your boots a rest by wearing them every other day. It is a good idea to store boots on boot trees, as they help with moisture absorption and retail the shape of the boot. Exotic leathers do not require exotic treatment. However since exotics have deeper textures and harder surfaces, dirt and dust cause more damage much sooner. Wipe more frequently and use a little cream and conditioner. Apply in several thin layers rather than all at once.

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