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What are Short Cowboy Boots Called?

What are Short Cowboy Boots Called?

There are many different types of cowboy boots, including western work boots, roper boots, stockman, buckaroo boots, traditional cowboy boots, etc.

In recent decades, a new line of cowboy boots has appeared: short cowboy boots.

However, “short cowboy boots” is a general name. There are many different types of cowboy boots in the short cowboy boots line.

So what are those short cowboy boots?

Today, let’s find out together!

What are Short Cowboy Boots Called?

Unlike traditional cowboy boots, short cowboy boots have a modest height. They are an ideal choice for summer fashion. These boots are wonderful and can accompany any outfit.

Besides, short cowboy boots are also the choice for those who regularly wear boots to do outdoor work, or go out for picnics… because they are easy to put on/take off. Also, they have a cool look with a design that emphasizes comfort.

Advantages of short cowboy boots:

  • Easy on / off
  • Comfortable in summer
  • Suitable for people with big calves
  • Make your legs look slimmer and longer
  • Stylish and modern

Disadvantages of short cowboy boots:

  • Not suitable for jobs requiring high safety
  • Suitable for women than men

Here are the 3 most common types of short cowboy boots: Roper boots, ankle cowboy boots and western booties

Each type of short cowboy boots will have a different appearance (shaft, heel, toe …) and usage.

Roper Boots

a woman wears dress with Chisos No 3 cowboy boots

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Roper boots can be considered short cowboy boots.

Roper boots are a hybrid of British dress boots and  American Wild West cowboy boots.

For this reason, roper boots have the distressed look of cowboy boots but retain the sharp and elegant lines of dress boots.

The height of roper boots is not too short. However, their shaft is shorter than the normal cowboy boots.

The Roper boots have a shaft that only reaches the mid-calf. Some pairs are just slightly above the ankle.

Roper boots are characterized by a low roper heel (usually just 1 inch) and a round toe shape.

You can use roper boots for a lot of different purposes such as office, hang out, ranch & farm…

Here are some brands that you can find roper boots: Ariat, Roper, and Lucchese.

Ankle Cowboy Boots (Ankle Western Boots)

A woman wears The Jolene cowboy boots with a denim shorts

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Ankle cowboy boots are the most popular short cowboy boots for women.

As the name implies, the ankle cowboy boots are a little higher or around the ankle.

Not as tall as traditional cowboy boots, they still retain a wild and distressed look with western-inspired motifs on the vamp and short shaft.

These boots are very popular with girls. With high heels and pointed toes or round toes, they bring a feminine and charming look for girls.

Roper is a very famous brand for ankle cowboy boots. Notably, Ariat also offers various ankle boots for you.

Also, Rocket Dogs, Cambridge Select, Lucchese and Dan Post are brands with very nice ankle cowboy boots.

Cowboy & Western Booties

Women wearing The Daisy cowboy boots stand on the wooden floor

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Cowboy & Western Booties are shaft-free boots. Their appearance is inspired by wild west America.

Like many other booties, these shoes/boots have no shaft. They just reach around the ankle.

However, you can still easily recognize them through their “western” outlook.

Wild, liberal and distinct – these are the best words to describe western booties.

This boot line will refresh your wardrobe this summer.

Booties are usually used by young and active ladies. They are always girls’ favorite fashion items, especially in the hot summer.


Women wear long coat with western ankle boots

Type of short cowboy bootsDesignAppearanceFunction
Roper boots
  • The shaft reaches to mid-calf
  • Low heels (about 1 inch)
  • Round toe.
  • Diverse looks from wild to elegant
  • Mix two styles: British dress boots and West American cowboy boots.
  • Working in an office
  • Working on ranch & farm
  • Hanging out with friends…
Ankle cowboy boots
  • Shaft above the ankle
  • Snip toe, pointed toe, round toe
  • High heel
  • Creative patterns and designs
  • A dynamic and formal look
  • Similar to traditional cowboy boots except for the low shaft.
  • Feature Western-inspired vignettes spread from vamp to shaft.
  • Heels, toe shapes and motifs are no different from normal cowboy boots.
  • For fashion all year: summer, autumn and winter.
  • Horseback riding
  • Line dancing, party, wedding…
  • Suitable for both casual or formal occasions
Cowboy & western booties
  • No shaft, only cover the foot and the ankle.
  • Standard heel (neither high nor low).
  • Round toe
  • Girls’ favorite boots
  • Keep the wild and distressed look of the American West.
  • Remain the beauty of the traditional cowboy boots, except for no shafts.
  • For fashion and usually used by females.
  • Going out
  • Working
  • Party or wedding.

*Note: The above features are features that commonly happen in these boots, but not all of them.

Also, there are a few other cowboy boots that also have a fairly low shaft called Western Work boots and Stockman. These boots have a shaft that is usually high to mid-calf.