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Can You Wear Cowboy Boots and Slacks?

Can You Wear Cowboy Boots and Slacks?

Tell me, what style do you think of when it comes to slacks? And cowboy boots remind you of what style?

Most people doubt how elegant and formal pants like slacks can go with a pair of wild and distressed cowboy boots.

Well, that thought might be true in the past, but things are different now. If you’ve been a fan of cowboy boots for more than a decade and witnessed their evolution, you’ve got your answer.

Today’s cowboy boots have many improvements and offer many different styles. One of them is luxury and elegance! So, slacks can totally go with cowboy boots!

Today’s article will be the most specific and detailed answer to explain why cowboy boots can go with slacks. And while the answer is yes, you should still adhere to certain principles in the world of cowboy boots.

Key takeaways

  • You can wear cowboy boots with slacks for a formal look, but pay attention to the style of the boots. Boots with a well-polished look or an exotic finish should be your choice.
  • You should follow a rule, which is to tuck the shaft of the boots into slacks (bottom legs) to ensure a clean look.
  • Make sure your slacks fit over cowboy boots, neither too loose nor too tight. Don’t forget to ensure harmony in colors and style them well.

Slacks and cowboy boots: Are they a good match?

Today, you can easily find very elegant cowboy boots from brands such as Chisos, Tecovas, or Ariat. They give wearers and the mass market a new look in the footwear field.

Cowboy boots now don’t just get the distressed look nor only appear on the farm, they are also more versatile and popularly loved in terms of aesthetics.

A pair of cowboy boots made of caiman leather or lizard will surprise you with their style. They are absolutely perfect choices to go with slacks for office work because of their pure elegance and beauty!

In fact, nowadays, so many people choose cowboy boots as their business casual! In addition to slacks, suits are also one of the favorite items to go with a pair of cowboy boots.

The Nolan black version from Tecovas

The Nolan from Tecovas | Click image for more info on Tecovas | #CommissionEarned

In general, choosing the right cowboy boots for slacks is not difficult, the exotic boots mentioned above are good suggestions, but they often come with a high price tag.

In fact, cowhide or bull hide cowboy boots are also great choices to go with well-polished surfaces.

In addition, what you need to keep in mind is to choose boots with dark colors such as black or brown and simple colored stitches. That will ensure harmony in the overall outfit and bring a good look!

You should avoid cowboy boots with too prominent colors such as red, yellow, or white with overly colorful vamp motifs. They don’t bring out the same beauty and style as slacks.

Another note on how to combine slacks with cowboy boots is that you should let your slacks cover the entire boot shaft, whether you’re a male or female. This ensures you can fit in formal places the best.

The Nash bourbon lizard boots from Tecovas

The Nash from Tecovas | Click image for more info on Tecovas | #CommissionEarned

Here’s a special thing in the world of cowboy boots: although the shaft of cowboy boots is one of their signatures when wearing them to places where elegance is required, the shaft is always hidden.

The shafts of cowboy boots are so tall and come in so many colors and textures making them striking and unique. So, it’s hard to match them with the sleek and formal vibe of slacks.

Boots’ vamps and feet can all go well with slacks, but their shafts don’t.

For those reasons, to ensure a good look, choose slacks that have enough room to cover the shaft of the boots. You need to choose pants with bottom legs that are wide enough as well as the length of the slacks is a little longer than usual.

We have covered this issue in detail in a recent article, check it out!

Making sure slacks can fit well with cowboy boots, not too tight or too wide, is very important.

If the slacks are too tight and there is not enough room for the boot shaft, but you still insist on squeezing the shaft in, its patterns will be printed on the legs of the slacks. This certainly does not create a good look. Meanwhile, a pair of pants that are too loose will make you look messy.

Slacks should also be long enough to cover 1/4 or 1/5 of the cowboy boot vamp.

a man wears slacks and The Wyatt midnight ostrich boots from Tecovas

The Wyatt from Tecovas | Click image for more info on Tecovas | #CommissionEarned

I usually choose slacks that are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch off the ground in the back heel, so they’ll be long enough to cover the boot shaft for a nice look.

Or, slacks that just hit the ground (when you’re not wearing boots) are also a good choice!


Overall, modern cowboy boots with a chic and elegant look are absolutely a good choice to go with slacks to places that need elegance like the office or wedding.

However, you should pay attention to how to style cowboy boots with slacks to create harmony in color and style.

With the above in mind, you can have a great image.

Good luck!