Choosing the Right Cowboys Boots for Toddler Boys

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Disney's cowboy boot from Toy Story's Woody
Disney's cowboy boot from Toy Story's Woody | Source

What to Look for in a Boys Cowboy Boot

I was so excited to purchase my nephew a pair of cowboy boots. I could only think of how cute he would look in a pair at the tender age of 5.

I wasn't wrong that he looked absolutely adorable, but hindsight being 20/20, there were a couple of things I should have taken into consideration when buying those boots. Based on what I learned, I want to share them here with you. That way when you buy your little man a pair, you won't make the same mistake I did.

Quality -

One important question is how ow often he will wear these shoes? If he will wear them all the time, it can help you gauge the the quality of the shoe you plan on buying. A quality boot consists of an all leather upper. It will stand the ruggedness of constant wear and the roughness a little boys will put it through.

If you are buying the boot simply because you think he will look good and it's likely he hasn't fallen completely in awe of them, then maybe an synthetic leather or man-made upper will be fine. That quality will give the shoe enough endurance to last the occasional use of the footwear without wearing out too quickly.

Price -

In many some ways the price factor goes hand-in-hand with the quality factor. The reason being that the quality of the material and workmanship will likely drive the cost that you pay for the shoe.

You'll most likely find that an all leather upper material will drive the price of your boy's boots to about $60 on average. Of course that figure will go down or up slightly dependent on the size of boot you are looking for. A synthetic leather will likely start on average at $30.

Design -

Kids today, even boys are into the look and design of things. That holds true for western boots. Many 6 and 7 year old boys aren't too impressed with pink colored boots or stitching with flowers. However, red cowboy boots for toddlers can be a pretty cool thing. Oh, and if that young man is a Toy Story fan, well you'll never go wrong with a pair of Woody cowboy boots.

Shoe Size -

One additional factor for you to consider in buying a pair of boots for the little boy you love is what size to buy. Kids feet general grow so fast. Buying the same size as the last pair of tennis shoes he got may seem like the right choice, but that may only give him one week to wear before he outgrows them. On the other hand, buying a shoe that is too large for him may cause tripping and a lack of support that this foot and ankle need. Look for a boot that will allow for room to move and allow for his feet to grow just a little.

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Leather or Man-made Material for your Kid's Boots

When it comes to picking a young boy's pair of cowboy boots, sometimes you have to weigh the pros and cons of what you're getting for the price you are paying dependent on the needs of the shoe. Just like in an adult pair of shoes, you will get what you pay for in a pair of kid's western boots.

The question then is what do you need from the footwear in order to make the price worth it, unless of course, money is not an object. It that is the case there are kids boots made with real alligator and better yet fine Italian leather.

If however, you are money conscious like me, then here are the things to think about.

Are you buying the boot simply for the cuteness factor, if so...man-made or synthetic leather achieves the same results at about 1/2 or less the cost of real leather. Keeping that in mind, the quality, comfort, and durability isn't there either. But once again, it this shoe isn't intended for wear and tear on a daily basis, the highest quality and ultimately higher price really isn't necessary. Aside from that, a simpler question might be, "what am I willing to pay for a boot he'll only wear a few times before he grows out of them?"

If you want a boot that will be used for daily duty, then genuine leather is likely your better bet. It will stand up to the challenges a young boy will put his shoes through while still being comfortable and help support his maturing foot. He will likely grow out of these shoes just as quickly as a cheaper boot, however, they will last longer during that time and you can be sure you get your money's worth. In fact, with a pair of boots made with genuine leather, baby brother would likely get some use out of them too.

When it comes to buying boots, the old adage you get what you pay for holds true. Just like shoes you buy as an adult, quality and price go hand in hand and sometimes it's worth it and you're willing to pay the price of a better quality shoe.

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The Boot of Choice for Your Little Man

So as you can see, the boot you decide to get for your little guy really depends on what yours or even his needs are. Make your decision based upon the quality of the shoe you need and the price you're willing to pay dependent on those needs.

Then again, maybe your young fellow just wants to be like Woody. That makes the decision that much easier.

The good news is that no matter what design, quality, style, color, or size, there are plenty of options available that will make getting your boy into a pair of cowboy boots fun!

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