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Come Visit MilitarySurplusAge Outlet Store

Visit MilitarySurplusAge Outlet Store in Lafayette, La.

Come Visit MilitarySurplusAge Outlet Store at the Lafayette, La. Jockey-Lot Flea Market (Booth 502, 504, 506) ! Nelly has done a fantastic job finding the best quality Name Brand and best deals for Work Boots, Military and Western Boots from some of the best Names in Boots and shoes. The combination of Brand Name and Great Prices equal a GREAT Value !

Jockey Lot Flea Market. is just north of exit 1 on Rt. 49 in Lafayette. MilitarySurplusage is towards the back of the market at the head of the 500 Isle.

MilitarySurplusAge at the Jockey Lot is open Sat. & Sun. from 8:30-4:00pm

A Visit MilitarySurplusAge Outlet Store at the Lafayette, La. Jockey-Lot Flea Market (Booth 502, 504, 506) is well worth the effort!



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How to Get the Best Fit for Your Cowboy Boots

How to Get the Best Fit for Your Cowboy Boots

In order to Get the Best Fit for Your Cowboy Boots, a few basic tips should be understood.

Unlike a traditional shoe with laces, the only thing a boot has to hold it securely to the foot is the instep. Because of this, it’s very important to ensure the instep is fit properly.

The boot should hold the ball and instep of your foot much like a firm handshake. Since this is the only part of the boot which holds it onto your foot, it’s quite important that this area be snug. The boot should not be so tight that there is pain or discomfort, but this part of the boot will stretch with use (except for some exotic skins), so a snug fit here is important.

The instep determines whether or not the boot fits. If the throat is too tight, go to a wider width. If it is too loose, go to a narrower width.

Some Heel Slippage is normal:

With a new boot, the thick leather that supports the heel construction is still very tough. As you walk in new boots, the heel of your foot MUST rise up away from the sole of the boot just a little bit. As you wear the boot, you will break that leather in and it will move with your heel. As a result the leather will conform to your heel and the slippage will disappear. If your heel is rising up more than an inch the boot is either too long or too wide. Some rise is normal, and will diminish as the boots break in. This happens because the sole of the boot is very stiff, and doesn’t flex quickly. As you wear them and the boot molds to your foot, this slippage won’t be as noticeable.

Your foot should not slip into a new boot too easily.

Get the Best Fit for Your Cowboy Boots
Get the Best Fit for Your Cowboy Boots

A properly fitted pair of boots will require some effort to pull on. Ideally, there is a hesitation, and then a THUD as your foot falls into the boot. Also, your feet are not 100% symmetrical. One is larger than the other, or longer, or wider, or has a different instep height. Regardless, one foot will slip a bit more in the heel than the other. This is natural. You are better served by fitting the larger foot, as extra room in one could be taken up by an orthotic, or an extra sock, or a thicker sock. However, if a boot is too tight there is very little that can be done. Actually, if it’s too tight in the toe box, then nothing can be done except to exchange them for a longer size.

Here are several signs that your boots are too big.

They might seem comfortable now, but after wearing the cowboy boots many times, the leather will become “worn in,” and the boots will only continue to feel looser.

If your foot easily slides from side to side in the boot, or if your foot shifts around when you put pressure on your foot or stop quickly, the boots are too big. Also check the vamp of the boot – the area at the top of your foot – if it is loose and baggy, that cowboy boot is too big.


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Wearing Mens Western Boots for Style & Confidence

Wearing Mens Western Boots for Style & Confidence

To answer the question about Wearing Mens Western Boots for Style & Confidence, I asked Antonio Centeno the renowned men’s style expert from the Real Men Real Style Website for a little help.  I admit my strength in boot wear is heavily weighted towards Work Boots, Western style Work Boots and Military style boots.  I consider myself an expert for work boots, but Western Boots for casual wear and style? my knowledge base is not all that strong.

Because of my limitations, I asked Antonio for some advice.  Antonio also has an excellent video on the subject : Why Wear Western Boots

According to Antonio, the following are 3 reasons that all men should consider purchasing a pair of western boots:

1.  Cowboy Boots Require Confidence

Western boots are not subtle.

They come in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes.

To put it bluntly – Cowboy boots are an attention-grabbing accessory that are sure to get people looking.

So how to wear western boots?

The key to successfully pulling cowboy boots is to wear them with confidence.

Wear them like you mean it.

If a man is self-conscious about his boots it instantly shows in his posture and body language, and that does not make for a very attractive picture.

Wearing western boots with confidence will have people talking.  They’ll either give you compliments…..or comment about them :)

Not a bad thing.

As Nudie Cohen once said  “Better to be looked over than overlooked!”


2.  Western boots give you instant style

The beauty of Western boots is that it doesn’t take much to create a stylish outfit with them.

A man can pair his boots with a simple button down shirt and jeans and let his boots carry the day.

This is due to fact most cowboy boots’ have a strong bit of flair to them.

Their height, toe shape, heel height, and overall style make them the focus of your outfit.


3.  Western boots have history

Western boots have a rich and interesting history. Certain parts of the boots were created because of what they were mainly used for before

Take the heel of the Cowboy boots. The heel is not purely decorative. It is shaped in a particular way so that it fits in perfectly in a stirrup and helps secure the Cowboy on his horse.

Western boots have no laces because in the event that the Cowboy fell off his horse, there would be no chance that the laces could get caught in the stirrup and drag the Cowboy. This particular design aspect of the boot was created for safety reasons.

We’ve tackled the reasons why you should consider the Western Boot. Let’s dive on to the shoe’s different parts.


Western-Boots-TerminologyParts of A Western Boot

1.  Boot Pull straps

On the upper portion of some Western boots pull straps may be present. There are other boots that may be devoid of pull straps but will have holes in the areas where the straps should be.

In any case the holes and the pull straps function to help the wearer pull the boot on.

2.  Boot Stitching

The stitching found all over a pair of Western boots is not purely decorative. The makers of the boots did not want the boots to sag or fall over.

Stitching was applied to boots in order to support them and assist in holding them up.

3. Boot Shaft

The shaft is the upper part of the Western boot and is what protects the ankle and lower leg.

Depending on the style the length of the shaft will vary.

4.  BootHeel and Boot Toe Box

There are two main boxes found on the lower part of Western boots. They are the heel and the toe box respectively.

Both the heel and the toe box are meant to give the boot its characteristic shape.

5.  Boot Vamp 

On the front part of the boot, at the area that lies at the top part of the foot is the vamp.

The vamp is always created to be the toughest part of the boot because it is the area that is prone to a lot of bending.

The vamp will usually have stitching on it to help strengthen it.

When conditioning one’s boots it is important to pay extra attention to the vamp as it is the area of the boot that gets a lot of stress from bending and can crack.

6.  Boot Heel

Heels of Cowboy boots come in all shapes and sizes. The heel will be dependent on the function of the boot. Most Western boots will have a heel height that ranges from 1 to 2 inches.

7. Boot Outer Sole

The outer sole is the part of the boot that comes into contact with the ground.

Outer soles are made to be replaced. As soon as the soles of your Cowboy boots wear down or develop holes in them it is best to take them to a cobbler that specializes in boots and have them replaced.


Different Styles of Western Boots

1.  The Classic Western Boot

In a pair of Classic Westerns the shaft will usually be 12 inches long. The overall design of the boot is simple and straightforward.

Denver Boot Co. Mens Brown Shoulder Western Rodeo Boot 845-S
side view-Denver Boot Co. Mens Brown Shoulder Western Rodeo Boot 845-S

The Classic Western is the all around pair of Western Boots.

2.  The Shortie Boot

True to its name, the Shortie is a shorter boot compared to the Classic Western.

Its shaft will average around 6 to 10 inches in height.  An older variation of the western boot, it was practical as it was lighter and less expensive!

3.  The Western Workboot 

The main distinguishing factor of the Western work boot are the heels that are found at the bottom of the boots.

Ariat is a company that specializes in Western work boots. They have modified the heel to make them extremely comfortable.

The Western Workboot is most suited for men who are up on their feet 12 to 14 hours a day. These boots are functional, durable and comfortable.

4.  Roper Boots

The Roper is an early version of the Western work boot.

Ropers are more practical than cowboy boots, and are a favorite of working men in the rodeo system. They are practical because of their lighter weight, wider sole, occasionally more comfortable rubber sole, and the ability to still jump in the saddle and get the job done.

5.  Buckaroo Boots

The Buckaroo is the boot for show.

The shaft length is much higher that the Classic Western (more than 14 inches). The design and stitching are often more pronounced, drawing attention to the rider thus why this style is a favorite of artists and showmen.

6. Riding Boots

Not exactly western boots in many people’s minds, riding boots are seen in both English and Western riding circles.  Made without the ornamentation of their cowboy brethren, riding boots share the same lineage and the length of the heel along with the height of the shaft make these boots easy to identify.

7.  Stockman Boot

The Stockman is a hybrid boot designed for the man who may not necessarily be getting into the saddle.

It has similarities with the work boot in function – rubber sole, shorter heel, and wider toe box. However style wise can often be as detailed with colored stitching as the Classic Western.  A key differentiator is the deeper throat – aka Scallop.


That’s the rundown that we have on Western boots.

Hopefully you’ll be more inclined to give this type of footwear a try!