Y’all, I have a minor obsession with cowboy boots. I wore my last pair down till there was no sole left. Literally. They were my favorite pair of boots to date, and thanks to being a poor college student, I have yet to find a new pair that I loved and could afford. Thankfully, being the poor college student I am, there are a few tax refunds that come in tow with that title, so with a little extra change in my pocket, I couldn’t resist hunting for a new pair.
I still wanted to find a reasonable deal, and I don’t mean one of those Nashville “Three Boots for the Price of One” deals! I want a good quality pair of boots (that my feet will love!), but I’m not looking to spend $200+. I know that is a bit of a double negative talking about cowboy boots, but I have faith! So I let the search begin…
After pouring over rugged Durango’s and gorgeous Lucchese’s, I just kept finding myself back at the same pair of Ariat Heritage boots. It was actually a complete accident that my top three picks were all the exact same boot, but in three different shades.
1. Ariat Heritage in Russet Rebel 2. Ariat Heritage in Distressed Brown 3. Ariat Herritage in Brown Oiled Rowdy
The reviews for this boot were all awesome, I honestly only saw one bad review, and it seemed like she ordered the wrong width. That being said, I needed to pick a color. Distressed Brown really sold me with it’s color, but once I saw the design of Russet Rebel and Brown Oil Rowdy, I was torn. I’m a little worried that Russet Rebel is too shiny, but then Brown Oiled Rowdy might be too unique. I want my boots to be something I can wear often, instead of being a statement piece of my wardrobe. After hours of going back and forth, I finally settled on Russet Rebel. I think it’s a really good combination of design and color without being too flashy. I might get bored of Distressed Brown, and as tempted as I was by Brown Oiled Rowdy, I’d only be able to wear those beauties with certain outfits.
Next step, I needed to get the sizing right. Reviews were pretty consistent to order a half size smaller, but I needed to make sure the width was perfect. After scrounging around for measuring tape, I just followed the simple instructions on the website, only to find the size options they gave me didn’t even match the size chart. This was frustrating, but honestly, at this point, I was just anxious to get my boots. I went with the medium size, and placed my order. I’ll have to let y’all know how playing Russian Roulette goes with my $150 pair of cowboy boots, but I was impatient y’all!
I compared the boots on a few sites, such as Ariat, Amazon, and Boot Barn. Ariat was the most expensive ($160), and Amazon was the cheapest ($140), but it had really limited stock. This left me right in the middle with Boot Barn ($150). Shipping was free (cue excited squeal), and my Russet Rebel puppies are on their way to me! To be exact, according to my UPS tracker (which I may or may not be checking religiously) they are currently in L.A. waiting to take a trip down South. They are scheduled to arrive this Friday, and it’s going to take a lot of self control to not throw them on with my fancy dress for my sorority’s formal that night!
Have any of y’all ordered boots recently or do you think it’s better to buy them in person?