These Boots Were Made for Working
Working on the largest ranch under one fence in the United States is a strenuous job. To get it done, the cowboys rely on well made ropes, saddles, and boots. The cost of outfitting a cowboy adds up quickly. “A cowboy needs a saddle, boots, hat, leggings, spurs to start with,” says Bobby Daniel. “Everything’s really high now. Saddles are really high.” Bobby rode for the Waggoner for 51 years before retiring in 2016.
The cowboys choose their boots with great care. “We wear handmade boots,” says Ricky Rios. “Handmade boots last three or four years. Store-bought only last about a year.” Master Bootmaker Mike Vaughn crafted some of the boots pictured in Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. You can read more about Mike here in our Meet the Makers blog series.
These boots aren’t just well made and good looking. They’re designed to stand up to the hard work and Texas dirt the cowboys see every day. Day after day, these boots walk one of the largest ranches in the United States. Buy Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch today to see more Waggoner cowboy life up close.