Cowboy boots are not just a fashion statement. They are also quintessential workwear for the hard-working men and women fighting to keep the tradition of the Old West alive. This is why our collection of Double H boots offers a wide selection of western work boots for you to choose from. Don’t settle for anything less but the utmost comfort and durability.
Before you start deciding on the features you need, think about what you need the boots for. Double H boots are not all-purpose boots. They serve the role they are intended for – working on a farm, ranch, or field – perfectly.
They can also be worn regularly if you are rocking the western style. But they’re not footwear meant for any occasion. You’re not going hiking or to a wedding (unless it’s western-themed) in a pair of Double H boots. So first, you should consider the style.
The Different Styles
The two main things that differentiate western boots from one another are the type of toe and the stitching. Cowboy boots have a variety of toe types, but Double-H boots primarily come with a round or square toe.
The round toe is primarily meant for comfort. It offers more wiggle room for your toes, so this should be your choice if you generally have trouble fitting into boots comfortably. The rounded toe is also the more inconspicuous option, so it would be the best choice if you are going for a more neutral (as far as that’s possible with cowboy boots) look.
The square toe is as much of a fashion statement as anything else. It’s a great option if you have wider feet, but leaves less wiggle room for your toes than a rounded toe. However, square toe work boots provide a unique look and are a throwback to traditional cowboy boots.
Once you decide on the type of toe, you should carefully examine the stitching. The stitching is what gives the Double H their unique look. You can find anything from minimal stitching to stitching so elaborate you’d think all you do is go to fairs and celebrations.
The square or rounded toe will give the boots their general shape, but the stitching is what takes them home. Carefully select the type you like most. Because you’re wearing double H boots, you’ll be remembered wherever you go, but the stitching is what will truly set you apart.
Once you decide on the style for your boots, it’s time to choose the protective features you need. There are 3 types of protective toes – the steel, composite, and soft toe, and each serves a purpose. Double H has variations of most combinations of styles and protective toe you can think of.
The steel toe is the traditional Double H choice. Without a doubt, it provides the most impact and compression protection out of any protective toe. If your workplace has a high likelihood of heavy objects falling on your feet or running over them, the Double-H boots with a steel toe should be your choice.
However, it does have some downsides. First, it adds weight to your boot. It may not seem like much at first glance, but if you’ve been on your feet the entire day, you’ll definitely feel it. If your job entails a lot of walking, the steel toe might not be the best choice.
The other downside is that steel toes are not optimal for cold-weather conditions. The steel will quickly get cold, making your feet cold in turn. The same goes for very warm weather. The steel will heat up, causing your feet to sweat. This leads us to the next type of protective toe.
The composite toe was invented to deal with the downsides of steel toes, while providing ample protection. Mind you, it does not provide as much impact protection as a steel toe. However, the composite materials won’t get hot or cold quickly, making them the better choice for freezing or scorching weather.
Plus, the composite toe weighs less than steel, so they are the better option if you intend to walk a lot in your Double H’s, while still being protected. Finally, we get to the third type of protective toe.
The soft toe provides no impact or compression protection. But that doesn’t make it the worst choice. Each protective toe has a role to fill, and the soft toe is not meant to protect you from objects falling on your feet.
What it does do is offer you the most comfort and durability out of all of the protective toes. It’s the best option if you’re going to be in your boots for hours on end. Double H work boots with a soft toe will keep you light on your feet the entire time you’re wearing them. It’s the best choice if you value comfort over additional protection.
Additional Safety Features
After you’ve decided on the style and type of protective toe for your double H’s, there are a few more features you should consider. The most important ones being the degree of water resistance, electrical hazard-resistance, the midsole, and the outsole.
Double H’s come in all shapes and sizes, so take your pick. Do you want waterproof boots that provide electrical resistance with a reinforced midsole for puncture protection and a slip-resistant outsole?
Or, do you not care about water and electrical resistance and only care about your outsole being oil- and slip-resistant? It’s your choice. Pick and choose the additional safety features you need based on what role you need your western work boots to fill.
After You’ve Made Your Choice
Once you’ve decided what double H boots you’re going to get, we’ll leave you with some parting advice. The rule of thumb is only one western-themed article of clothing per outfit. Of course, you can buck the rule as you please, but keep in mind that you’ll look like you’re going horse wrangling if you show up with a pair of western boots and a cowboy hat on.