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Do You Have To Wear Bootcut Jeans With Cowboy Boots?

Do You Have To Wear Bootcut Jeans With Cowboy Boots?

If you’ve only worn cowboy boots for a short time, you probably heard many people refer to bootcut jeans as cowboy boots’ best friends.

But if you’ve been a die-hard fan of cowboy boots for many years, you know for sure that bootcut jeans are not the only best choice for cowboy boots.

In fact, everyone’s taste in style is different, so many people have actually tried different types of pants with cowboy boots.

And because of the economic growth in recent years, jeans are more easily accessible to the masses. A variety of jeans can match with cowboy boots.

That’s why many people realized that bootcut jeans are not the only choice for cowboy boots.

Even so, you still need to learn some principles when choosing and wearing pants (other than bootcut jeans) with cowboy boots. Today, we’re going to tell you all of that, and give you some recommendations to pair with your cowboy boots.

Sounds okay? Let’s start!

Key takeaways

  • In addition to bootcut jeans, you can use many different types of pants to wear with cowboy boots, as long as it creates a “standard” style.
  • Today, cowboy boots have many changes in structure with diverse styles. They can be worn with many types of outfits for various purposes. Jeans, especially bootcut ones, are no longer the only option.
  • Different types of pants will create a variety of styles to go with cowboy boots, from distress to elegance. You can go anywhere and do anything with cowboy boots, just style them accordingly.
  • Khakis, chinos, slacks, straight-leg jeans, cowboy cut jeans, dress pants, or trousers, all of them can go with cowboy boots, as long as you choose the one that matches their style.

Cowboy boots with comfortable khaki

Are Bootcut Jeans the Only Choice for Cowboy Boots? I Don’t Think So!

One of the most basic reasons people wear bootcut jeans with cowboy boots is that their bottom legs are wide to cover the entire shaft of cowboy boots.

Besides, jeans are mainly composed of denim fabric, so they are very durable and sturdy. They can also ensure good protection for cowboys when working on the ranch.

Even so, you can still use any pants other than bootcut jeans to wear with cowboy boots. Just make sure the bottom leg has enough room to tuck the shaft of the boots in (this is the dominant style of most men when wearing cowboy boots).

A man wears Men's Everyday Standard Jeans in Sand color

Men’s Everyday Standard Jeans (Straight Fit) | Image copyright Tecovas Boot Company | #CommissionEarned

Some people nowadays prefer to wear regular jeans, straight-leg jeans, khakis, cargo pants, tactical pants, or dress pants with cowboy boots. Because those pants fit their purpose and figure better, they can be more confident when walking down the street.

Today, the evolution in the style of cowboy boots makes them appear in more places than just at the ranch. You can use these boots at the office, at weddings, truck driving, etc.

Therefore, it is not necessary to use durable pants like jeans. And jeans may not fit the style they want (like a meeting in the office).

a man is putting on American flag cowboy boots

For women, things are even simpler when they are not bound by any implicit rules of wearing cowboy boots for men like tucking the boot’s shaft into jeans.

You can wear shorts and skinny jeans with cowboy boots (these two types of pants are not recommended for men to wear with cowboy boots because they cannot cover the shaft).

Just creating perfect harmony in the style and color of the outfits, women can wear anything they want with cowboy boots.

Some Notes

When choosing pants other than bootcut jeans, you need to really pay attention to the style, as well as the size of the pants.

In terms of style, you should ensure two essential things: overall harmony of the outfits and suitability for your purpose.

For example, if you are attending an important meeting, a pair of well-polished brown cowboy boots made from caiman will be the right choice to go with a brown belt, dress pants, or suit.

Style harmony is key!

two man wears The Quintin from Tecovas

The Quintin from Tecovas | Image copyright Tecovas Boot Company | #CommissionEarned

Meanwhile, in terms of the pant size, make sure they are long and wide enough in the bottom legs.

As mentioned above, look for pants with bottom legs that are wide enough to tuck the boots’ shaft in (if you’re a man and the job doesn’t require you to do the opposite).

If they are too narrow, the patterns and V-collar of the boots will print on the surface of the pants, you will lose the clean look!

In addition, you should choose pants that are a bit longer than usual, to ensure they can cover the entire shaft of cowboy boots.

Usually, I choose jeans that cover about 1/4 to 1/5 part of the vamp. And about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch off the ground in the heel area (when not wearing boots) – some of my friends even choose pants that just touch the ground.


A woman wears fade jeans with ankle cowboy boots

In general, whether you are a man or a woman, you do not necessarily need to wear bootcut jeans with cowboy boots. Instead, you just need to ensure harmony in the outfit for your purpose.

Another important thing that men need to remember is to make sure the pants fit over the shaft of cowboy boots, not too narrow leading to the collar being printed on the surface of the pants (a pretty basic mistake).

For women, you can wear almost anything you want with cowboy boots, from skirts, dresses, skinny jeans, leggings, etc.

Meanwhile, for men, dress pants, khakis, straight-cut jeans, cargo pants, tactical pants, etc. are all great options.

Is that enough for you?