Cowboy boots are an indelible image of the American West. Along with horse riding, the open range, cattle drives, and gunfights at dawn, this sturdy leather footwear has been closely associated with the ranchers that, in our popular imagination, settled the Wild West – and with good reason. And yet, these boots, which seem inseparable from the cowboy that gives them their name, actually only arrived in the West after a long evolution from Mongolia by way of England.
Strange as it may seem, the first mention of leather riding boots comes from descriptions of invading Mongol armies. These boots were adapted in many forms throughout Europe over the centuries. A popular form of boot became the Hessian, which was noted for its raised heel and pointed toe, both of which facilitated stirrup use. It was also fit rather loosely and was made of hardened leather. Hessian boots also typically had decorative tassels, which pointed to an early interest in style.
Hessians underwent an important (and unforeseen) evolution when the Duke of Wellington asked a shoemaker for a pair of modified boots. Instead of hardened leather, Wellington wanted a softer, more comfortable calfskin construction. He also suggested a tighter fit and a lower cut. The resulting style turned out to be wildly popular, and his shoe was adopted around the world. American soldiers in the Civil War, among others, wore Wellingtons into battle. After the war was over, they brought their prized and durable boots home with them, and when veterans began settling the West, the cowboy boot was born.
This article discusses safety boots such as Wolverine boots that meet US government standards and help reduce injury in industrious workplaces.
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA as it is know, has a duty to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for employees, by setting and enforcing working standards that promote safety at work.
In order to determine what constitutes protective footwear, OSHA have established three footwear construction standards. Footwear that complies to any of these standards are deemed to be acceptable within their guidelines for protective clothing.
These standards are:
- ASTM F-2412-05 – “Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection” and ASTM F-2413-05 – “Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective Footwear”
- ANSI Z41-1991, “American National Standard for Personal Protection — Protective Footwear”
- ANSI Z41-1999, “American National Standard for Personal Protection — Protective Footwear”
Wolverine boots are made in accordance with these standards and come in a variety of safety feature combinations to ensure you get the protection you need.
Amongst the general population, certain other work boot brands are more common, but amongst those who actually wear work boots for protection, Wolverine boots are well known and much loved. Established in the USA over 100 years ago, these work boots sum up that pioneering American spirit that built this great nation.
Wolverine boots such as the ‘Mckay’ and ‘Fusion Technology’ product lines are a great mix of style and safety boot features. These boots will go the distance and keep you feeling strong on your feet for hours.
Frye boots have been made continuously ever since 1863. As a matter of fact, no other shoe company in America has been continually in business for as long. It is little wonder that the name of Frye has been synonymous with boots for many years.
The range of styles the boots are available is quite varied and includes ones for children, women and men. Among the styles are a Western cowboy boot and also ones that resemble English riding boots. Boots come in varying heights as well such as short, tall and mid-range.
There are some styles which are casual and others which are more dressy. There are even some dressier ones for women with some serious looking heels. Also included are some styles of hiking boots. Their are some options in the colors of the leather as well such as various shades of brown, yellow, blue and pink for women and young girls.
All of the boots are manufactured with the same focus on detail and craftsmanship that the company has always had. No other name is representative of American boot like Frye is. It was even chosen by the Smithsonian Institute as some of the iconic clothing of the 60s.
Many people have experienced buying book that has a great style but doesn’t stand up to being worn. They fall apart too quickly but too long after they’ve been bought to be returned. Others feel great when you walk out the door of the store but after you’ve been wearing them for a while, you discover that your feet are being bothered by them.
When you buy from a company that has a reputation of outstanding quality for almost 150 years, you avoid these types of problems. Other companies may have some nice looking styles. But no other company has the experience and consistent workmanship that Frye boots offer. Making this your first stop can make your life a whole lot easier.