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You don’t need to rope steers, own an F-150 truck, or even sport a cowboy hat to rock cowboy boots. If you do any of those things, good on you. For everyone else, don’t worry. Cowboy boots are incredibly versatile. Pair them with jeans, a tee, and leather jacket for a low-key rock n’ roll feel or with pleated trousers, a henley, overshirt, and bandana for an upscale workwear look.
Beyond that, the best cowboy boots come in a variety of purpose-built styles to suit any needs. Below you’ll find the best cowboy boots for work — whether that’s in an office or on a construction site — and for play. As a final bonus, cowboy boots give you a lift, literally. Their heels add as much as two inches in height, depending on the style. One pick with both a little bit of height and A+ construction is the Tecovas Dean Boot, which also features a handy zipper for an easy slip-on. We also love Frye’s Duke Roper Boots for a more subtle silhouette.
We’ve gathered the best cowboy boots for both connoisseurs who live in theirs to newbies looking to slip a toe into the trend. These are the 11 best cowboy boots brands out there. Read our review of the best men’s hats if you’d like to complete your look. And if you’re looking for traditional women’s sizing, be sure to read our review of the best women’s cowboy boots.