If you’re a working ranch cowboy or cowgirl, competing in the arena, going for gold at the rodeo, or if you just want to look like the “real deal”; then any of our “Top 5 Best Boots” will keep you in step with the favorites of champions.
Justin – Since 1879
Founded by H.J. Justin in Spanish Fork, Texas. After his death, his sons moved the business to Ft. Worth, Texas, and were responsible for the invention of the classic “Roper” boot style. They are major supporters of the Western Industry and are currently the official boot of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
Selection: Justin Brands have anything and everything the real cowboy could ever want or need. Justin Brands can be found everywhere from the ranch to college campuses, to executive boardrooms. Below are just some of the types of boots you can find with the Justin name.
- work boots (including steel toe)
- dress boots
- working ranch cowboy boots
- kids boots (even kids’ work boots)
Lucchese – Since 1883
Founded by Salvatore Lucchese, son of a shoemaker, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. They are currently located in El Paso, Texas. Lucchese has made custom boots for people like Bing Crosby, various notable politicians, and, in 1961, outfitted the entire Dallas Cowboys Football Team.
Selection: The Italians are known for their quality in shoe and boot craftsmanship. They are also well-known for their leathers. Lucchese boots reflect their Italian influence both in their design and in the quality of leather. Lucchese boots are well-known as a durable, quality dress, and executive boot.
Corral – 1999
Born in Texas, Corral started with the purpose of redefining western fashion. If you take a peek at their website, it won’t take you long to notice that their main focus is western fashion. These are not the boots you want to be wearing to go muck out your horse’s stall, but they are the boots you want to put the finishing touch on your fave western outfit.
Worn by most western fashionistas, there is a Corral style for everyone. They have both men’s and women’s boots in every shape, color and style. If you are looking to add a statement pair of boots to your wardrobe then we highly recommend purchasing a pair of Corral boots. Learn more about them by heading to their website.
Rocketbuster – Since 1989
Founded by Marty Snortum, who created this brand for his hero Roy Rogers. He works with his wife, who is also a fashion designer, Nevena Christi. Their shop is located in El Paso, Texas. Rocketbuster boots have a vintage flair and are famous for their vibrant colors, detailed inlay and overlay, and bold statements.
They are perfect for today’s fashions. Show them off by wearing them over a pair of skinny jeans, match them with a skirt – or be daring and wear them with a mini-skirt! Choose a design from hundreds of very detailed, distinct styles and have that design made especially for you! Rocketbuster has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and has an impressive list of well-known customers.
Ariat – Since 1993
Founded by Beth Cross and Pam Parker, and located in Union City, California. Ariat is the newcomer on this block and embraces an emphasis on technology and innovation.
Selection: Ariat caters to the equestrian athlete, and also has a selection of cowboy work boots with steel toes that can be worn in the construction industry. Ariat has a huge inventory to choose from. Their men’s, women’s, and children’s collections range from corral work to a night out on the town. They have a good selection of English riding boots and are active with the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), and US Equestrian organizations. Ariat also has a full line of accessories and equestrian apparel.
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