Friday, 28 June 2013

The Best Samples Of Botas Vaqueras Are Available In US

By Rick Fonseca

The botas vaqueras of today have changed from their early history. Though a first glance may reveal a Mexican cowboy boot to be very similar to its American relation, there are some distinctive differences. They appear much more exotic and decorative.

This is because they have been created to be displayed and admired. That explains the materials and their high prices, which are still cheaper than comparable American boots. But they still maintain their functional purpose. They are available in a wide array of colors, materials and styles for men, women and children.

Exotic animal material can cover a wide range of animals. Studs, spikes, tassels and buckles may be added as decorative trimmings. Such decorative adornments and detailed embroidery makes them a functional form of art. Many are made by skilled artisans who craft them painstakingly by hand.

These artisanal creations of footwear are made in a country where there are universities built just for training people to make footwear, unlike the United States. Most American shoes are no longer made in America, but the reverse is true in Mexico. The bootmaking and shoemaking capital of the country is the central city of Leon. The industry in Leon is produces footwear and leather goods. Its tradition dates back over 400 years. More than 700,000 people in Leon and the state of Guanajuato work for one of the shoe manufacturers or suppliers in this region. The region has a number of research, educational and training centers supporting this industry. This improves the ability of producing technological innovations, and the speed of their adoption.

Mexican cowboy boots are reinvented through design, texture and color variations. High end products should be expected to be expensive. Early examples of a vaquero boot were without heels. But, they have evolved to have heels as well. Modern examples also vary in height. Buyers will find a noticeable v shaped cut at the top.

For better use with stirrups, the riding boot has a heel and a pointed toe. Walking boots may or may not have pointed toes. Toe styles are more about style than function. It is a matter of choice. The shaft is usually decorated in unique themes or designs.

Americans often do not know that the design of the cowboy boots were influenced by the vaquero tradition of Spain that dates back to the 1500s. The vaquero is a livestock herder who rode on horseback. The tradition also gained a foot hold in Mexico. When cattle herders from Mexico came to the United States in the late 1600s, they brought their vaquero traditions which included attire and footwear. Traditional footwear worn by them became the foundation for the American cowboy boots.

Every member of the family will enjoy wearing their own botas vaqueras. Since they can now be bought stateside, one does not need to travel across the border to acquire them. After one is worn, its wearers will likely make it a habit.

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