By now, you know that Chicken touts himself as the be-all and end-all authority on all things cowboy. When I do try to get my two cents in from time to time, he never tires of telling me, “You don’t have the sense god gave a rubber-soled boot.”
But I’ve been doing a little reconnoitering of my own, and on closer inspection of some of the fine men’s boots from Ariat, I’ve discovered there’s plenty of sense in a rubber-soled boot. Along with top-of-the-mark Duratread rubber soles (a carbon rubber outsole compound formulated for superior durability and performance that’s built to withstand the harsh acids of the barnyard as well as an extreme range of conditions and temperatures), many of Ariat’s boots feature something called Advanced Torque Stability (ATS®), which is an exclusive technology that ensures ranchers, riggers, and cowboys maximum stability, comfort, and support.
ATS® cushions your foot as you move to promote good posture and reduce fatigue. That means you can work or play all the live-long day. And that’s not even the whole shootin’ match–look at what else it gives you:
• Moisture-wicking footbed provides cool, dry comfort
• Gel-cushioned footbed with heel stabilizer delivers support, rebound, and stability
• Lightweight, ergonomic composite forked shank enhances stability
• Works with a variety of use-specific outsoles
But you know me. Practical without style won’t cut it for my wardrobe. Fortunately, these boots look as good as they feel. Take the Quickdraw Chocolate Elephant for example.
Sure it’s a hardworking cowboy’s boot, but it’s also perfect for some fancy stepping. It’s got a wide, square toe and comes in a broad range of shaft styles. And with those Duratread rubber soles, your boots will have the endurance of the hardiest of workhorses.
I’m also pretty partial to Ariat’s Tombstone Thunder Brown Cowboy boot. It’s a high performance boot, but with a little extra kick to it.
It boasts a punchy cross-shaft, bug-and-wrinkle design, and a wide square toe for that true Texas feel.
But, if you’re looking to kick your flash up a notch in a totally Texas way, I’d recommend Ariat’s Crossfire Weathered Brown Cowboy Boot.
This Roughstock style boasts premium, full-grain leather uppers in a tasteful six-row stitch pattern, and wide square toes that just ooze contemporary style. Not to mention, they’re rugged, durable, and deliver straightforward, no-nonsense performance that keeps you steady on your feet thanks to a one-two punch of ATS® and Duratread technologies.
Want to liven up the color quotient in your boot repertoire? You can’t go wrong with Ariat’s Mesteno Adobe Clay Cowboy Boot.
The unique triple-stitch welt and the edgy embroidery complemented by a nailed leather outsole that’s hand-stained to match the uppers guarantee that heads will turn, but you’re still assured top performance and durability in this true horseman’s boot.
Of course, if your agenda involves a lot of walking and having to be light on your feet for hours at a stretch, Ariat’s Brown Quantum Crepe Cowboy Boots are just what the doctor ordered.
Featuring a premium full-grain brown bomber leather upper and red oak shoulder, Goodyear® leather welt, 10-row stitch pattern, and leather lining, along with the Duracrepe comfort crepe outsole and slip-resistant Duratread heel and forefoot anti-wear zones, these Quantum Crepes offer a sole that’s 30 percent thinner than Ariat’s traditional boots, but will last ’til the cows come home… and long after.
So, the next time Chicken opines that I don’t have the sense god gave a rubber-soled boot, maybe a swift quick in the assumption with a pair of my Ariat’s will adjust his attitude.