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What is a cowgirl?  She is a woman who herds and tends cattle, performing much of her work on horseback.  The history of women in the west, and women who worked on cattle ranches in particular.  Cowgirls was first defined as such in the late 19th century, had a less-well documented historical role, but in the modern world have established the ability to work at virtually identical tasks as cowboys.  Cowgirls possibly do all of those identical tasks, but "better".

A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe.

Cowgirl boots refer to a specific style of riding boot, historically worn by cowgirls. They have a Cuban heel, rounded to pointed toe, high shaft, and, traditionally, no lacing. Cowgirl boots are normally made from cowhide leather but are also sometimes made from "exotic" skins such as alligator, snake, ostrich, lizard, eel, elephant, stingray, elk, buffalo, and the like.

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Why are most cowgirl boots high up the calf?

While mounted, the shaft also protected the lower leg and ankle from rubbing on the stirrup leathers, as well as fending off brush and thorns, particularly if also worn with chaps or chinks. While dismounted, the shaft helped protect the leg and foot from rocks, brush, thorns, and rattlesnakes. In wet weather or creek crossings, the high tops helped prevent the boot from filling with mud and water.

There are two primary cowgirl boot styles.

  1. western (or classic)
  2. roper

The classic style is distinguished by a tall boot shaft, going to at least mid-calf, with an angled "cowboy" heel, usually over one inch high. A slightly lower, still angled, "walking" heel is also common. The toe of western boots was originally rounded or squared in shape. The narrow pointed toe design appeared in the early 1940s.

The "roper" style, has a short boot shaft that stops above the ankle but before the middle of the calf, with a very low and squared-off "roper" heel, shaped to the sole of the boot, usually less than one inch high. Roper boots are usually made with rounded toes, but, correlating with style changes in streetwear, styles with a squared toe are seen. The roper style is also manufactured in a lace-up design which often fits better around the ankle and is less likely to slip off, but lacing also creates safety issues for riding.

Cowgirl boots can be decorated with embroidery and color blocking.

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