Justin Boot Buying Guide

Proper Fit Guidelines

There are three things you need to consider when buying boots: instep, ball and heel.

  1. INSTEP: Unlike shoes with laces, a boot has only the instep to hold it securely to the foot. Hence, proper fit in the instep is of utmost importance. The fit should be snug, not tight or loose. The snugness is governed by the instep fit and the width of the throat. If the instep is too loose, the boot will slip excessively in the heel. To remedy this, you may need a more narrow width to shorten the circumference of the throat. This will reduce slippage without cutting down on the length of the boot. Slight slippage is necessary to obtain a proper fit.

  2. BALL: When you walk or run, you bend your foot at its widest part. This is called the ball. Same with boots. The ball of the foot should rest on the ball of the boot. If the boot is too short, the ball of the foot will sit too far forward and force the toes into the toe box.

  3. HEEL: A new pair of boots will slip slightly in the heel because there is nothing to prevent the heel of the foot from riding up slightly. When the boot is new, the sole is stiff. As you wear the boot the sole is “flexed”. With time, most of the slippage will disappear.

Ultimately, the decision on a proper fitting boot rests with the wearer

How Boots Are Made

Consider the labor involved in making a pair of boots: It takes more than 100 steps to produce one pair of boots. In addition, more than 16 square feet of natural leather goes into every pair, making it easy to see why Justin boots are such a great value.

Skilled craftsmen are specially trained to make these high-quality boots. Once the pieces are cut, the craftsman starts by cementing the piping to hold the parts in place while another skilled craftsman stitches the pieces together. In the old days, boots were topstitched by hand. Today, technology has allowed us to quickly and efficiently sew the topstitching using a computer. After a few more steps, the vamp is stitched to the front quarter and the pull straps are inserted. The process of shaping, called Freeze Form Molding, begins.

The boot maker shapes the boot over the last using nails to hold the leather. The boot is now given its final shape. Excess leather is trimmed and the outsole is applied. After several finishing touches including heel trimming, inking and burnishing, Justin boots are ready to wear.

Care For Your New Justin Boots

Find your leather type below to learn the best way to care for it.

Cowhide/Polished:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Clean thoroughly with leather conditioner or balm.
  3. Apply a thin coat of neutral shoe cream and rub with a soft cloth until leather shines.
  4. For a high luster, apply a thin coat of wax polish (neutral paste on light colors; matching paste on dark colors). Brush or rub again.

Naked Finish, Snuffed Finish or Suede:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a soft nylon brush.
  2. Do not use conditioners; conditioners may discolor the leather.
  3. Treat with two coats of Water & Stain Protector when boots are new. Allow to dry between coats.
  4. Keep free of mud and drying elements.
  5. On snuffed grain, use a fine abrasive paper lightly on the areas that are already snuffed

Oil-Impregnated:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Replenish oils occasionally with an all-purpose conditioner.

Exotic:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Frequently apply thin coats of reptile conditioner with a soft cloth.
  3. Let dry, then buff with soft cloth.

Justin Discount Boot Leathers

Anteater

The anteater is a unique exotic whose membrane between cells tends to rise from the leather. This creates the look of neatly depressed scales. Anteater is a comfortable boot suitable for any casual occasion. It is also becoming accepted in many formal occasions. More adventuresome than alligator! Wipe with a cloth or sock after wear. Condition with delicate cream or leather balm. Polish with cream polish.

Bullhide

Also known as shoulder leather, this boot is made from the prime leather of the cow. Cut from back towards the belly in better boots to allow tight entry (Your foot snaps into place) Then gives a relaxed fit on the arches once into the boot. Bullhide will have a twisted sort of grain allowing flex in all directions. A toe stitch keeps the vamp breaking with your foot. Bullhide is a bit thicker than dress leathers and exotics. This allows working in brush without thorns cutting through the boot easily. The boot cleans and polishes well for an all around boot. Clean and condition with leather balm or lexol. Uses matching cream polish to allow breathability. Snowseal or mink oil to seal the porosity.

Calf

Cowhide known for soft comfort while maintaining shape. Treated to take a shine, calf should be used for dress or casually in mostly indoor events. Dust often. Clean and condition with leather balm. Use cream polish.

Cape Buffalo

Widely grained lines cross the leather for a two toned effect which helps hide scratches or scars better. Usually worn casually, this buffalo will feel like softened shoulder leather. Sturdy. We recommend, especially on light dye colors, that a coat of neutral or off white cream polish be applied just after try on before wear so that scuffs will remove the polish, not the leather dye. Scars will become dark, more matching the grain lines of the medium brown or gray colors. The leather can be re-dyed by a good repair shop if deeply scuffed. Leather balm to clean and condition. Neutral or matching polish to protect.

Deer Tanned

The leather has been treated for supple richness. Deer tannage softens cowhide for an elk or deer feel without the problems of knicks, cuts, and scrapes associated with natural elk. Clean and condition with leather balm. Use a cream polish for protection. Mink oil can be used to seal the pores if needed, but will cause dust to accumulate easily.

Eel

15 years ago, Cultured Cowboy hated to sell eel because it seemed to tear easily. Today, the skin feels thicker and resists splitting much better. Soft, eel is sewn with a distinguished pattern of strips. Wear this boot for dress and comfort. Remember, eel comes from the waters of the earth and must be kept clean and moisturized with conditioners. Leather balm, then a cream polish.

Fashion Lizard

Iguana and teju are often interchanged according to availability. Nocona lizards are back cut, the belly side is shown, and 3 piece vamp construction is positioned so that the scales of the hide provide natural breaking for your boot. The heel counter has a stylish capped look to match. Perfect with suits, slacks, or jeans, you can dress them up as well as relax them according to your needs. Lizard, like other reptiles, consists of hardened scales divided by soft, connecting membranes. Take extra care to keep them dusted and clean with reptile cleaner and conditioner.

Glossy Cow

The leather has been waxed or buffed to a high shine finish. Great for spit shining. Feel will vary from slightly stiff patent finish to very soft glossy glove leathers. Keep dusted. Clean and condition with leather balm, then polish with cream or wax as desired.

Goat

Known for the beautiful effects of burnishing this leather, goat is prized for a smooth finish dress boot. Soft and supple like calfskin, impressive, and affordable. Raised cording in the toe and top stitch supports the boot and positions proper breakover, while adding to the rich patina. Clean and condition with leather balm, and then polish with matching cream polish.

Hornback Cayman

These boots show more texture on the vamp than traditional Alligator. Both are well accepted for the same usage as the traditional alligator cut. Alligator needs to be dusted (with your sock) after wear. Condition with reptile conditioner and cleaner and polish frequently with creams for best durability.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo is a smooth leather with a grainy, folding outward surface, especially apparent in gray and light colors. Kangaroo is strong and lightweight, making it a popular footwear material in professional sports. Kangaroo feels like a sock with a sole, yet is very strong. The boots feel as if they instantly fit, so almost no break in period is required. Wear them anywhere, and use leather balm to clean and condition. use cream polish to shine and protect.

Oily Toro Shoulder

Prime bullhide shoulder leather treated as an oily pull-up leather to better resist barn acids. The leather is treated with oil to help block penetration of salts, water, urea, etc. Great leather bottomed work boots. To clean excess dirt off, Use distressed leather oil to finish cleaning and conditioning. Top coat with mink oil or snow seal if desired. These leathers are a bit distressed with much color variation created by oils shifting within the leather. Knead the leather after oiling to even color tones.

Ostrich

Ostrich is known to be one of the most comfortable exotics available. Full quill and stretch ostrich will flex with your foot like a sock with a sole. The ostrich leg feels more like a lizard boot to your foot. Full quilt ostrich is obtained from the prime leather of the ostrich back. The “Quill Marks” distinguish the look and allow large pores for better breathability. Ostrich leg comes from the thigh of the bird and creates its own natural break from the foot like python does, but with durability and feel of lizard. Smooth ostrich from the sides of the bird will have the feel of full quill, but with fewer and less raised quill pores. Use leather balm to clean and condition your ostrich, and cream polish for a protective coating.

Pit stop Work Boot

Prime cowhide leather treated as an oily pull-up leather to better resist barn acids. The leather is treated with oil to help block penetration of salts, water, urea, etc. Great leather bottomed work boots. To clean excess dirt off, Use distressed leather oil to finish cleaning and conditioning. Top coat with mink iol or snow seal if desired. These leathers are a bit distressed with much color variation created by oils shifting within the leather. Knead the leather after oiling to even color tones. Butle outsole is a leather sole specially treated to resist abrasion better than normal leather soles, but still retaining the wonderful feel of leather.

Python

A boot of mystique, stealth, and power. Unmistakable raised belly scales center the vamp of back cut while a smaller back scale, with patterns, unique to each pair of boots, appear on belly cut boots. Like the ostrich, python boots feel like a sock with a sole. The break in is fast and comfortable. Neutral color means it ships bleached, but will after a while return to the natural golden brown color. Since 1986, this has been Cultured Cowboy’s best selling exotic boot. Great with Khaki, blue, or black jeans. Extra sharp with a matching belt, hatband, and wallet. Spray with reptile cleaner and conditioner often. The foaming action cleans dirt from under the scales and conditions at the same time. A top coated delicate cream or matching color creme polish may be applied if desired. Re-bleaching will shorten the life of the skin. Dyed colors keep their original colors.

Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback with the back pattern of diamonds unmistakably contrasting acceptably with almost any jean or slack. A touch softer than python. Matching belts, hatband and wallets available. Natural color tones slightly with light, but not as severely as python. Care for rattlesnake as described for python. Wear causally, but with more attitude than with other snake boots.

Retan Work Boot

Prime bullhide shoulder leather treated as an oily pull-up leather to better resist barn acids. The leather is treated with oil to help block penetration of salts, water, urea, etc. Great leather bottomed work boots. To clean excess dirt off, Use distressed leather oil to finish cleaning and conditioning. Top coat with mink oil or snow seal if desired. These leathers are a bit distressed with much color variation created by oils shifting within the leather. Knead the leather after oiling to even color tones.

Shark

A moderate, somewhat linear grain on a very scratch resistant surface. Shark breaks in well, having a stitched vamp to help create folds in the proper locations. Keep it moisturized with delicate cream and leather balm on distressed leather oil. (It’s a fish out of water!) Polish with cream polish.

Stallion

Horsehide leather-tough enough for baseballs! Tough enough for everyday boot wear? Combined with supple tops and comfortable, breathable leather linings, Nocona has a boot for you that takes normal usage in stride while feeling great. Like all leathers, dust and clean frequently, condition with a leather balm, then use a cream polish so the boot can breathe comfortably. Wax polish can be used to seal leather’s natural porosity.

Stingray

A pebble type surface with a bright “star” on top of each vamp distinguishing the stingray exotics from all the others. The finish is the most scratch and abrasion resistant of all leathers. Stingray may feel a little stiff, like early patent leather, but will break in well with a couple of days wear. Make sure you always break them in on carpet, if you are unsure of the fit. That way they are returnable and re-sellable. Thanks. Remember that stiffer, abrasion resistant will usually feel snug in the ball and instep while slipping some in the heel, more so at first, then softer finishes. This boot is perfect for men like me who always seem to find everything possible to scar my boots. It looks for a long time. Stylish enough to wear with my business suits, but casual enough to wear to the club. Always a conversation piece, expensive enough to be a bit exclusive. A real easy keeper! Moisturize often with delicate cream or leather balm. Polish with cream polish of matching color.

Suave Calf

Cowhide known for soft comfort while maintaining shape. Treated to take a shine, calf should be used for dress or casually in mostly indoor events. Dust often. Clean and condition with leather balm. Use cream polish.

Veal Work Boot

The leather has been treated for supple richness. Deer tannage softens cowhide for an elk or deer feel without the problems of knicks, cuts, and scrapes associated with natural elk. Clean and condition with leather balm. Use a cream polish for protection. Mink oil can be used to seal the pores if needed, but will cause dust to accumulate easily

Vintage Steer

Cowhide known for soft comfort while maintaining shape. Treated to take a shine, calf should be used for dress or casually in mostly indoor events. Dust often. Clean and condition with leather balm. Use cream polish.