Four American Cowboy Boots For Women

Four American Cowboy Boots For Women

ARIAT Payton Western (women’s)

The Payton has wrung the weak from pink. These kickers survived the sloppy stockyard abuse dished out by our Colorado cowgirl tester yet sprayed off and appeared “like new” in a barrel-racing competition that afternoon. “Ariat boots were too narrow for me in the past,” she says. “But these fit like a glove.” Ariat is known for its ATS (Advanced Torque Stabilty) sole-construction technology that incorporates gel, an ergonomic composite shank, and a moisture-wicking footbed. Best for. Dishing dirt $140 (style 10002362), 800-899-8141, ariat.com

BOULET Style #0102 (women’s)

Boulet was commissioned during World footwear, and each boot has been handmade in the company’s family-owned factory in Quebec for more company in Canada to manufacturer cowboy boots and distributes to more a wide, square toe with a Coruna York Cervo foot and a shimmery, distressed upper called Pitondno Cream. The AC staff particularly liked the white piping for: Job interviews $225 (style 0102), 518-298-8602, boulefboots.com

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TWISTED X BOOTS Style WRS0016 (women’s)

We know that Twisted X makes a mean riding boot capable of withstanding nearly all kinds of abuse. Style WRS0016 adds impeccable attention to detail and subtle styling to the package, with a fashion-forward design. These boots are embroidered with a gorgeous two-tone floral pattern and red piping over distressed Bomber leather. But don’t be fooled by the pretty package-this boot is defiantly saddle-ready. Best for:. All-around action $185, 888-894-2668, twistedxboofs.com

Ladies Classic (women’s)

Lucchese is well regarded for its use of top-qualify materiaJ$ and exceptional craftsmanship. Each boot in its Classic collection is handmade in the company’s El Paso, Texas, headquarters using only premier exotics and leathers sourced from all over the world. The Ladies Classic Lizard Triad was an instant favorite of the AC staff thanks to intricate red matador-stitched leather, black-quartered lizard with a hand-distressed studded collar, and lizard overlay pull on straps. Best for: That knockout outfit $935 (style L4144), 915-778-3066, lucchese.com

TONY LAMA’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

The Centennial Collection sports an engraved anniversary logo as well as a bronze commemorative plate located on the boots’ inside heel stack (Pictured: Tony Lama Centennial Collection women’s boot, style TLC_C0100, $250). And the one-of-a-kind El Ray IV commemorative boots–covered in precious stones and 14-karat gold-will be on display at various brand events throughout 2011.

Think you own the oldest pair of Tony Lamas in the world? Register your pair in the Oldest Boot Contest at Tony Lama stores from January through March. The winner will get a trip to the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. 915-778-8377, tonylama.com

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THE TESTERS

  1. JOE BIGNELL, a Montana native, ranches full time in Hall, Mont. In his free time, Joe rodeos with his family in team roping and coaches the local football team.
  2. JANIE PETRAMALA, a barrel racer, lives in La Junta, Colo. She’s a commodity distribution specialist for a feedlot operation and oversees the animals’ dietary and veterinary needs.
  3. SCOT ANDERSON is ranch manager and co-director of Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, Colo. When not horseback, Scot is hard at work making custom cinches.
  4. MATT SRONCE, a three-time CMSA National Champion, manages a 26,000-acre cattle operation near Westhoff, Texas. He does most of his work horseback.

PRO PICKS

  1. TREVOR BRAZILE Seven-time All-Around World Champion Pro Pick: Justin Boots style #8504 from the AQHA Lifestyle Collection
  2. JACKIE HOBBS 2010 WPRA World Finals tie-down champion and All-Around Champion Pro Pick: Ariat Women’s Latigo Full-Quill Ostrich boot (style #10004808)

Our Testing Method

  • Our gear testers were sent cowboy boots to beat up while at work and at play. Each tester detailed the boot’s fit, durability, appearance, and comfort and then we tabulated the results to narrow down the top picks.
  •  For the dress categories, the AC staff had the pleasure of testing for fit, style, and comfort.
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