It has been told that Cowboy boots were invented around 1875 by a man named Charles Hyer from Colorado. He was looking to change up his civil war style boots and was inspired by the Spanish Vaqueros footwear used to herd cattle. They have grown to become more and more popular since then. Everyone needs a good pair of cowboy boots, right? Well, our kids are no different. Here are our favorite kids’ cowboy boots.
Best Kids' Cowboy Boots
(Best patriotic boots — $$)
Why it’s great: The American flag design is detailed, well stitched, and a fan favorite. This unisex boot has a squared toe and a padded insole for extra comfort. They are easy for kids to pull on and the Roper company offers many different size options. These highly rated boots are nice to dress up or down. Their unique style will get your kids some sweet compliments when wearing them out and about.
Keep in mind: These boots are made with faux leather on the outside and a synthetic leather lining on the inside. No genuine leather is used in the making of these boots.
Good for: Boys or girls who love the American flag.
(Best embroidery — $)
Why it’s great: This classic western style boot really adds some flair to the cowboy boots we were used to. These boots offer a variety of sizes and fun colors to choose from. They are made with 100 percent polyurethane fabric. They have built in loops that make it easier for kids to pull on. They also have options for boys and girls that can be worn with any outfit.
Keep in mind: Children are tough on their shoes. These boots are durable, but the color may chip or peel after some rugged adventures.
Good for: A child’s first pair of boots.
(Best quality — $$$)
Why it’s great: This high-quality pair of boots is made from 100 percent full-grain leather. They are durable and made to withstand the wear and tear of even the roughest kids. The four-layer design is perfect to give active kids all-day comfort. They offer plenty of colors and sizes to choose from to ensure a perfect fit for each individual child. The design is unique, and the embroidery adds a beautiful touch.
Keep in mind: A handful of reviews say that these boots run big. Be sure to check the measurement chart for specific sizing.
Good for: A tough pair of boots made for extra playful children.
(Best color options — $)
Why it’s great: The Smokey Mountain Boot company is family-owned and very family-oriented. They have listened to their customers and made quality products since 1992. They offer more color options than any other company we have come across and plenty of sizes to fit most kids. These boots have a comfy insole, easy pull-on tabs, and a unique hand-stitched pattern. They also show a detailed sizing chart for all their unisex boots to promise a perfect fit.
Keep in mind: Some reviews say that the sizes run a little bigger than most. Our family likes to have room to grow, but you might want to go down a half a size if need be.
Good for: A comfortable fit for an affordable price.
(Best outdoors — $$)
Why it’s great: These camouflage boots have a western-style and will definitely keep children’s little toes nice and toasty. They are made from polyester and simulated leather. They also feature a soft mesh Thinsulate lining and comfortable insoles. They are great in the rain or snow to keep kids’ feet warm and dry. If you have a child who loves the outdoors, this is the boot for you.
Keep in mind: With all outdoor ventures come worn shoes. The leather on the toe of these boots is the first place that will show signs of wear. They last a while and can take some abuse before you must watch for this.
Good for: A water-resistant boot that keeps kids’ feet warm and dry in the winter.
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(Best sparkle — $$)
Why it’s great: Roper is a brand well known for their great boots and these are no different. These adorable boots will make any cowgirl happy. They are made with brown faux leather and have a beautiful turquoise glitter that stands out from behind. They also have a padded insole and a wide square toe design for more comfort.
Keep in mind: Some parents have commented on the soles of these boots not being durable enough. Like all kids’ shoes, they are not meant to last forever. Overall, we think they rate pretty well.
Good for: A pretty pair of boots that any cowgirl is sure to love.
(Best classic design — $$)
Why it’s great: This classic pair of boots is offered in brown or tan color options, and both look great on boys and girls. They have leather soles with rubber ridges for added slip resistance and a leather lining for comfort. They are easy for kids to pull on and off all by themselves. These boots have a unique western style and a durable feel to them. We do not think you will be disappointed with this cute purchase.
Keep in mind: The sizes run a little big so you might have to go down a size from your normal for a perfect fit.
Good for: A stylish and sturdy pair of boots for boys or girls.
FAQs about Kids’ Cowboy Boots
1. Why should I buy my child cowboy boots?
Cowboy boots are adorable on all kids. They also offer stability and added ankle support for growing children. Most kids love the way they sound when walking in them, especially on hardwoods. When you find the right pair your kids will love the way they feel as well.
2. How can you “break-in” cowboy boots?
This can be done a couple of ways, obviously wearing them is the best way to break shoes in and loosen them up. You can also try wearing an extra pair of socks for the first couple of uses or using a boot stretcher. It has been said that putting bags of water in boots and freezing them can also help to break them in quickly.
3. What is the difference between female and male cowboy boots?
Anymore a lot of boots are unisex and can be worn by men or women. In general boots made specifically for women or girls have a narrower heel and a higher arch than men’s specific boots. Colors can also be a quick giveaway if they are gender-specific.
4. Is water bad for cowboy boots?
We treat all our shoes with a waterproofing spray when we get them to help ensure a longer life span and prevent water from soaking through. Depending on what the boots are made from you may have to get a treatment specific for different materials. Genuine leather can be affected by water because it sucks the natural oils out of the leather. Water can also be the cause of odor in boots. As hard as it can be to keep our kids from jumping in every puddle they see, waterproofing can be beneficial.
5. Is it ok for my child to wear cowboy boots every day?
Cowboy boots are tall enough to provide great ankle and leg support. They can also be very comfortable when you find the right pair or the right insoles. The best advice we got is to watch out for narrow-toed boots and boots with no arch in them as these can become uncomfortable for kids and adults very quickly.
Overall, cowboy boots can be versatile, comfortable, and fun for kids to play around in. These boots have come so far over the years and the evolution of footwear, in general, is impressive. Our kids chose to wear boots more than any other pair of shoes. You will not regret investing in a good pair of boots for your child and even yourself. As always, we hope this article helps you to find your perfect pair.