How to Make Your Cowboy Boots Last Longer

cowboy bootsWhen you find a pair of cowboy boots that you really love, it’s often hard to wear anything else. There’s nothing quite like a pair of boots that fits you just right and goes well with everything in your closet. So when that pair of cowboy boots wear out and can’t be worn anymore, it can be like losing a friend. The good news is, if you pay some care and attention to your favorite pair of cowboy boots, they could last a lifetime. Here are easy things you can do to make your cowboy boots last longer.

  • Start by purchasing only high-quality boots that are made by a reputable company, and make sure they are the correct size. When it comes to cowboy boots, there is some truth to the old adage “you get what you pay for.” A good pair of Corral, Lucchese, or Old Gringo boots will last longer, not to mention feel way more comfortable, than any boots you buy at a big-box discount store.
  • Remove dirt and dust regularly to keep your boots clean and looking good. If you’ve been out in the mud, a good scrub, conditioning, and polish is in order.
  • If your cowboy boots get wet, let them air dry. Never dry them near any kind of heat source, such as a wood stove, furnace vent, or hair dryer. This will destroy the leather.
  • When removing your boots at the end of the day, don’t use the left boot’s toe to slide the right heel off your foot, and vice versa. This will damage the heels of your cowboy boots. Use the boot tabs at the top of the shaft to pull the boots off.
  • Store your boots upside down to avoid wrinkling along the shaft. Also, make sure that your pets can’t access your boots; not only will this avoid chewing damage, but cats rubbing on your boots will leave behind hair and oils, which can discolor the leather.

Following these basic steps will keep your high-quality cowboy boots looking good for many years. Rocky Top Leather proudly carries a wide range of men’s and women’s cowboy boots from the best brands in the business. In addition, we offer an excellent selection of boot care products you can use to maintain the condition of your boots. Check out our selection of cowboy boots – you are sure to fall in love with a pair or two.

CMA Music Festival: Where Fans, Fashion and Fun Meet

2014 CMA Music FestivalCMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock was actually filmed over a four-day span in June. The magic of editing transformed the best performances at the festival into a three-hour television special for the enjoyment of those of us who couldn’t make it to the real deal. This year’s special was hosted by Little Big Town, who also interviewed some of the biggest names in country music. Outstanding festival performances by Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, and so many more country superstars kept the show rocking.

So why do the biggest names in country music continue to gather in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival summer after summer? Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says, “Because this is all about the fans. Country artists never forget where we came from and who got us here. They take photos with us, we hear their stories, meet their new children and grandchildren. It’s heaven.”

Schlapman says that even stars like her get starstruck at the CMA Music Festival. “[LBT's] Karen Fairchild and I got to interview Tim McGraw, only we turned into goofy, giddy schoolgirls and lost the ability to talk in complete sentences.” It’s probably safe to say that the rest of us would have had the same reaction!

One of the most talked-about parts of this year’s CMA Music Festival was not just the performance by Lambert & Underwood, but their short shorts and metallic corsets. While Rocky Top Leather doesn’t carry corsets, we do have some pretty fierce ladies leather vests and halter tops. You’re on your own for the barely-there shorts. And if you also admired Lambert’s metallic silver cowboy boots, you should check out our impressive selection of womens’ cowboy boots from top brands including Twisted X, Corral, Circle G, and Old Gringo. And as always, our fast shipping, excellent customer service, and unbeatable prices are yours to enjoy!

2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to Debut Electric Hog

sturgis motorcycle rallyThe 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off this weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The yearly event showcases entertainment, activities, and new products that center around Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the riders who love them. Test ride opportunities will include Project RUSHMORE bikes, LowRider, and SuperLow 1200T models. Over in the women’s area, Rebel One is hosting the JUMPSTART Rider Experience and Bike Lift Seminars on how to properly lift a dropped motorcycle. Plus, a stunt show and displays by companies including Craftsman and Weber mean that there is plenty to see, do, try, and buy in Sturgis this year.

One exciting addition to this year’s rally is Project LiveWire, which is Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle. While Project LiveWire is not yet available for sale, it will be prominently displayed in Sturgis to generate interest and gauge the public’s reaction to the electric bike. An electric Harley could drive a whole new wave of riders to the popular brand. But what will die-hard Harley fans think of a silent hog? We are eager to find out!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Harley Davidson and Marvel Studios announced that Project LiveWire will be featured in next summer’s installment of The Avengers movie franchise. Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, will ride a LiveWire in the film. Harley’s Street 750 will also return to the blockbuster franchise, probably as Captain America’s (Chris Evans) ride.

Unfortunately, Rocky Top Leather isn’t attending the rally because we are busy stocking the best merchandise we can find for our customers. If you are attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this week, we would love it if you would visit our Facebook page and share some photos of your experiences with us.

Big Back-to-School Savings on Kids Cowboy Boots

hotpink kids cowboy bootsParents, here we are again: school shopping season. Sometimes I think it would be nice to just buy something like a suit of armor for my son and be done with it. A suit of armor would be ultra-durable, and when he grows a few inches, we can just add an extra piece of metal here or there to make the suit bigger.

Suit of armor is dirty? A damp cloth will take care of that.

Wore a hole in the knee? (Yep, leave it to my kid to put a hole through a piece of metal.) Just replace that chunk of knee metal. Good as new.

Unfortunately, a suit of armor is probably not considered fashion-forward at my son’s school. Until that day comes, parents want highly durable clothes and footwear for our kids. We want stuff that will last at least until it’s outgrown by one child, preferably more. This is one thing that makes kids cowboy boots spectactular – they are definitely built to last.

Rocky Top Leather stocks high-quality, stylish kids cowboy boots for children of all sizes and sensibilities. From newborns to big kids, we have great boots for your entire brood. For your girly girls we have super cute pink and white cowgirl boots; embroidered hearts, stars, and wings; fringe and tassles. For your rough-and-tumble girls and your little boys, we have lots of other options for colors and styles of kids cowboy boots. With brands like Roper, John Deere, and Twisted X, you will have no problem outfitting each child with just the right pair of kids cowboy boots for their personality and style.

Perhaps the best part of Rocky Top Leather’s selection of kids cowboy boots is our unbeatable prices. We consistently set our prices well below suggested retail. Plus, when you pay with PayPal, you could avoid payments and interest for six months. And with our $9.95 flat rate shipping, your kids cowboy boots can arrive at your door, for much less expense than you might expect.

Get a super-easy jump start on your school shopping – check out our entire selection of kids cowboy boots by clicking here.

5 Steps to Properly Maintain Your Cowboy Boots

Corral cowboy boots rhinestone cross wingYour trusty leather cowboy boots serve you well. Whether your days involve working, running errands, chasing kids, showing horses, or all of the above, your cowboy boots carry you through in comfort and style. They ask very little in return, but eventually, neglect will make your boots look haggard. Think about it – leather is skin, and it needs to be cleaned and conditioned regularly, just like the skin on your face. Below are five easy steps to keeping your cowboy boots looking good for many more years to come.

  1. Clean your cowboy boots with leather cleaner and a damp cloth after you wear them. Just getting the dust of the day off your boots will do a lot of good for them.
  2. Occasionally condition your boots with the appropriate product for their specific material type. Suede, finished leather, and exotic materials all have different conditioner requirements. Only condition your boots when they start losing their luster.
  3. Apply a water and stain protectant after conditioning your boots. This will prevent damage to the leather and keep them looking good.
  4. Always allow wet cowboy boots to air-dry naturally. Never dry your boots with a heat source, such as a blow dryer or a heat vent. This can cause serious damage to the leather.
  5. Store your boots in a way that keeps them from folding over and developing unsightly creases. A boot tree works great for this purpose, or you can just stuff some paper in them to keep them upright.

Rocky Top Leather carries several high-quality leather care products that will help you clean and maintain your cowboy boots. One of our favorite leather care products is the Auburn Leather Complete 3 Step Leather Care System. This complete leather care package includes leather cleaner, weatherproofer/conditioner, and color restorer that will help you cowboy boots look like new for a long time to come. Check out this Auburn leather care bundle and our other leather care products by clicking here.

It’s True – Cowboy Hats Can Help You Avoid Skin Cancer!

cowboy hatSince July is UV Safety Month, you know we have to take a moment to talk about cowboy hats. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America? The good news is that skin cancer is preventable!

Everyone likes to spend lots of time outside during the summer. The warm weather and sunshine draw us outside for barbecues, festivals, picnics, days at the beach, and so many more fun activities. Having fun and celebrating with those we love is important, but all of that time outside can end up costing your skin its health. But if you follow a few basic sun safety guidelines, including wearing a cowboy hat, you can save your skin from premature wrinkles, splotching, and cancer.

  1. Stay in the shade as much as you can. For instance, choose a picnic table at the park that’s under a big, shady tree. Even carrying an umbrella to the beach can be a big help.
  2. Apply sunscreen at least every two hours. Be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15. The more time you spend in the sun, the higher SPF you need. If you go swimming, be sure to re-apply sunscreen after you towel off.
  3. Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Yes, sun exposure can also damage your eyes. It causes cataracts and can lead to blindness!
  4. If you can plan ahead, check the UV index at www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html. If the UV index is at 6 or above, consider switching your plans to an indoor activity, or move your event to another day to reduce your UV exposure.
  5. Put on a cowboy hat with a nice, wide brim. It will offer more sun protection than a baseball cap, and can help avoid getting a “raccoon eyes” tan line on your face from your sunglasses. A cowboy hat will prevent sunburns on your scalp and ears – two places most people don’t apply sunscreen.

Rocky Top Leather carries just about any kind of cowboy hat you could think of. Our favorite cowboy hats for wearing in the summer are made of straw. They offer great sun protection, and their light material makes them breathable and cool to wear in the summer heat. We even carry crushable straw cowboy hats, which are great if you are traveling or need to stuff your hat into a beach bag. You can check out all of Rocky Top Leather’s cowboy hats by clicking here.

Why Your Wedding Party Should Wear Cowboy Boots

cowboy boots weddingYour wedding is not just about sealing the deal with your partner in front of friends, family, and the Lord. All of the choices you make in the planning of your wedding represent who you are as a person: you choose your favorite colors, flowers, and food to share with everyone in attendance. You select a beautiful wedding dress that you fall in love with. Your wedding party is composed of ladies who mean the world to you. Maybe you even write your own vows – thoughts and feelings about your partner that come straight from the heart.

So if cowboy boots represent who you are and what you like, why not get married in them? It may seem un-traditional, and you may receive some flack for it, but you should be true to yourself when planning your wedding.

Cowboy boots come in all sorts of styles with any kind or color of embellishments you can think of. Coordinating your wedding party’s cowboy boots with the colors and style of your wedding will definitely not be a problem.

Having your wedding party wear cowboy boots will also help make your wedding memorable for all of your guests. It’s a unique detail that your friends and family will fondly chat about for years to come. Plus, think of all the great wedding photo opportunities!

You know how comfortable cowboy boots are. Your wedding day will likely be long and busy, and wearing some super comfortable cowboy boots will help keep you going throughout all of the running, walking, and dancing during your special day.

For some inspiration, check out the following styles of women’s cowboy boots available from Rocky Top Leather:

Rocky Top Leather hopes to help outfit your wedding party with some fantastic cowboy boots. Complete our contact form for additional information about any of our cowboy boots, or other products or services.

Motorcycle Gear Makes Summer Road Trips Better

motorcycle gearAh, summertime – a long-awaited opportunity for a road trip. Imagine twisting your way through the Appalachian Mountains, headed nowhere in particular with the sun at your back and the wind as your guide. As you are admiring the rolling mountains and lush forests surrounding you, appreciating these few hours away from the responsibilities of every day life…you get a flat tire.

This situation will be much easier to deal with if you have tools and gear with you, right? All that stuff would be much easier to take with you if you had the appropriate motorcycle gear installed on your bike. Saddlebags or luggage can make a flat tire into a much smaller deal. A tool kit, an extra tube, a change of clothes, and a first aid kit can all be easily stored in the right bags. You might even have a little room left over for trinkets you pick up along the way. Here are our favorite pieces of motorcycle gear that are sure to make your summer road trips a lot easier.

The Leather Motorcycle Touring Bag is a great option for guys with a sissy bar on the back. This backpack-style, two-piece leather bag system takes advantage of the empty space behind the sissy bar. Then, when you arrive at your destination, you can simply lift the bag off and throw it over your shoulder. This bag also comes with a rain cover just in case you find inclement weather on the road. The simple but rugged black leather will compliment any bike, and with a $99 price tag, you will get your money’s worth out of this piece of motorcycle gear for many road trips to come.

If you prefer the look of saddlebags, then check out our durable and versatile Large Slant Throw-Over Saddlebags. These bags fit a wide range of bikes, and you can just throw them over your seat or fender and take off. They are also waterproof and lined lined to help them retain their shape. The clean, black material with twin silver buckles will make these bags the right accent motorycle gear pieces for just about any bike.

Rocky Top Leather carries a wide range of motorcycle gear, from saddlebags and luggage, to chaps and helmets. Whatever you need for your summertime road trip, we know we can get you geared up at a lower cost than our competition. You can check out our entire selection of motorcycle gear anytime on our website.

2014 CMT Music Awards Prove to be Delightful

CMT music awardsNashville was home for the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena this Wednesday, June 4. Kristen Bell served as host while acts like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, The Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and so many more kept the party rolling.

Since every country music awards show is required to host some crossover artists, it should be no surprise that this CMT Music Awards show started off with a crossover mashup. Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were joined by rockers ZZ Top and hip-hop artist Jason Derulo in a disjointed performance of some of their biggest hits. However, the segment was salvaged by the group dance during their performance of Derulo’s hit “Talk Dirty.” Derulo told People Magazine that he was floored by the FGL guys, who were really into the dance portion and were dying to give it everything they had. They sure did!

Crooner John Legend performed at the CMT Music Awards for the very first time this year. He performed his hit ballad “All of Me” with the help of Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Being backed by minimal instrumentation truly highlighted Legend and Nettles’ powerful voices. Many have commented that this was the most moving performance of the evening. We agree, and we hope to see more collaborations between these talented artists.

The reigning first couple of country music, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, took home the awards for Male and Female Video of the Year. Maybe they can use the matching awards as bookends!

Who says women can’t do comedy? Kristen Bell hosted the show solo and kept the belly laughs coming all night long. She kicked off the show by singing a song about moose knuckle (look it up), followed by an intentionally awkward impersonation of Alan Jackson and a spoof of the Jay-Z/Solange Knowles elevator brawl. This funny lady requires no co-host.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards was funny, fashion-forward, and decked out with fantastic musical performances. We hope Kristen Bell returns to host next year, and we look forward to enjoying another year of incredible country music.

The Best Star-Spangled Womens Cowboy Boots for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend means a lot of things to many Americans. The history of Memorial Day is unclear, but it did begin as a day of remembrance for soldiers who died during the Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to honor all soldiers who gave their lives in all American wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday and established its spot on the calendar as the last Monday in May.

At this time of year, many Americans are also celebrating the end of the school year, high school and college graduations, and the arrival of summertime weather. For this Memorial Day weekend, we have chosen to highlight two of our favorite star-spangled womens cowboy boots styles.

twisted x brown barn burner womens cowboy bootTwisted X Brown Barn Burner Womens Cowboy Boots
Twisted X has invested a lot of time and money into developing new techniques for manufacturing, tanning, and construction of the best womens cowboy boots available. These technical advances produce durable, stable, lightweight, breathable, and comfortable cowboy boots. The Brown Barn Burner womens cowboy boots feature a 11″ brown pebble shaft and foot and their signature cowboy comfort insole. The machine washable, antibacterial, moisture wicking footbed is a unique feature that will keep these womens cowboy boots from getting that funky smell and slimy feeling underfoot. The embroidered blue stars and flames are just the right amount of color and pop on these comfortable but durable womens cowboy boots. The short heel makes them comfortable around the clock, no matter how much walking or working you do.

lucchese black buffalo calf vintage collection womens cowboy bootLucchese Black Buffalo Calf Vintage Collection Womens Cowboy Boots
For a dressier look, check out the Black Buffalo Calf womens cowboy boots from Luchhese’s vintage collection. With a 9″ shaft, slight heel, classic pointed toe, and black and tan leather accented with white stars and flames, these boots make a bold but classy statement. With more than 130 years of history in the boot-making business, Lucchese designers and craftsmen know how to make a nice womens cowboy boot. These boots are a great choice for everyday wear, or to kick your out-on-the-town outfit up a notch. For maximum comfort, style, and wow factor, Lucchese womens cowboy boots are an excellent choice.

You can’t find better prices on womens cowboy boots than you’ll find with Rocky Top Leather. We are always cutting prices and offering deals on shipping, accessories, and more. A full line of leather care products is also available on our website. Shop now, and your entire purchase will ship right to your door.


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