What is a Cowgirl Untamed?

What is a Cowgirl Untamed? A cowgirl untamed is complex gal, but she knows who she is, where she's been and where she's going. She goes through life not giving a rip about societies shortsighted definitions of who a woman is and how she is suppose to act. She works hard, and plays harder. Her attitude is go big or go home! When she walks into the room, she's noticed: her clothing, her jewelry, her personality, and / or her slightly wonky ways. She'll be in bed early enough to get up the next morning for work at the factory or office or on the ranch. She doesn't take any crap, is fearless in life, and rides her horse like she stole it. She dances like nobody is watching. She believes in God, her horse, her family, her country, and most importantly herself. She is who we are or want to be, because she knows how to live life to its fullest. Her great, great grandchildren will still be talking about her. She's a legend in the making.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Newbie's Guide to Cowgirl Boots

Well, it maybe that it symbolizes the wild west and the cowboy. And boy, do we love them cowboys! The image of a cowboy riding a horse, herding cattle, and going into town after a cattle drive is ubiquitous of the American West. We like him in books, movies, and television programs. Part of the mystique about the cowboy is the clothing and equipment that he wears. The cowboy hat, cowboy boots, chaps, and gun belt, among others, lend a colorful and fascinating atmosphere. All of these accoutrements were not only chosen to be colorful, but also had multiple practical uses. Of these, the most popular item now is cowboy boots or western boots. Cowboy boots had high slanted heels made to keep feet in the stirrups and high thick leather shaft to prevent brush and thorns from tearing the legs while they rode. Holes or straps helped in pulling the boots on in the morning and stitching on the shaft strengthened and decorated the boot.

Cowgirl boots are popular now for several reasons. They have been "in fashion" for several years in the mainstream. But have been in fashion in the western world since the west was won.  Many people just like the look of them. They are quite sturdy if the right boots are chosen. Leather uppers wear well and are very long-lasting, while the soles and heels can be replaced if necessary.

The other reason cowboy boots are popular is their comfort. A well-fitted pair of boots is very comfortable. They take 2 or 3 days to break in properly, but once they are broken in to your foot, they feel great. At COWGIRLS UNTAMED many of us have been known to buy "preowned" cowgirl boots as they've already been worn in. In the summer, cowgirl boot mules with thei open back can be a more comfortable choice, but COWGIRLS UNTAMED folk wear their cowgirl boots all the time no matter the weaher.  For a 20 mile hike, there are better boots, but a good pair of western boots with synthetic soles will do a decent job even there!

COWGIRLS UNTAMED always recommends that you consider the use when purchasing your boots. If you are going to be wearing them everyday, buy the best you can afford and stick to genuine leather. However, if you are going to be wearing them just for dancin' occassionally, then buy what you can afford.

The type of sole and heel should be carefully considered before purchasing cowboy boots. Leather soles are great for horseback riding and will work for dancing. If much walking will be necessary or physical work done that does not involve riding, consider a good synthetic sole with tread. It will last much longer and be less slippery than leather. The desired height of the boot should be determined. They come in the standard cowboy boot height, which is approximately knee height, and in the roper style, which is around 10” high. For most people, the roper will be the best choice. Different types of leather are available. Cowhide is the cheapest and the price will go up exponentially depending on the type of leather preferred. You can get goatskin, snake skin, alligator, and a range of other skin types. Boots are available in many different colors, styles, and stitchings, especially in women’s boots.

COWGIRLS UNTAMED recommends buying boots without ties if buying boots for riding horses, and buying boots 1 size larger than you normally would wear. The reason for this are SAFETY. If you should fall off your horse and your boot gets stuck in the stirrup, let your boot get stuck and your foot fall out. You don't want to be stuck in your boot!!

There are many locations to buy cowgirl boots. For a great deal, ofcourse, we recommend visiting us at www.cowgirlsuntamed.com or visiting us on COWGIRLS UNTAMED FACEBOOK site where we post specials we hear about from our various vendors. You can GREAT deals on boots, clothing, accessories and one-of-a-kind jewelry from COWGIRLS UNTAMED!! We sell retail and wholesale. Call 951-310-7125 for Michael the owner or email us at cowgirlsuntamed.jewelry@yahoo.com.