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    Anatomy of a Cowboy Boot

    Anatomy of a Cowboy Boot

    Cowboy boot designs and construction vary so it isn't possible to fit every feature into this diagram. Instead, we define the most common terms of a classic western boot so that you know your Rickshaw Boots inside and out.

    • Shaft:  The Boot Shaft is the part of the boot that covers your leg. Boot shafts can have all types of styles, but are rarely seen because they are mostly worn under pants. Most Rickshaw boots have shafts between 11 and 14 inches. 
    • Vamp: The vamp is the part of the boot that covers the top of your foot. The vamp is what is the part of the boot that is seen when you wear pants over the shaft. When picking a boot style, you want to make sure the vamp is a style you like. Rickshaw chooses the highest quality leathers for each vamp.
    • Pull Strap: The pull strap is located at the top of the shaft. Pull straps help you put your cowboy boots on a lot easier.

    • Side Seam: The side seam is the stitching that holds the shaft together. 

    • Instep: The instep is the part of the boot that sits on the top of your foot.  It can play a big part in the comfort of a boot. 

    • Toe Box: The toe box covers the toes towards the front tip of the boots. It is a stiff piece of material placed between the boot’s outer leather and its liner that helps the boot keep its shape while adding extra durability. 
    • Counter: The counter is the back lower part of the boot. Rickshaw Boots have a heel counter, which is an insert that helps reinforce the heel cup to increase support.
    • Heel: The heel is attached to the rear part of the sole and is often a defining part of a cowboy boot. Heels can come in all kinds of heights and designs. Rickshaw boots use a classic 1.5" heel. 
    • Outsole: The outsole is the bottom part of the boot that is attached to the boot upper and is what most are talking about when they discuss a boot’s sole. Rickshaw Boot soles are made of leather, much like a dress shoe. The outsole is the part of the boot that will be exposed to the most wear. With our sharp goodyear welt, you can replace the outsole at any time you need should you ever wear through it. That makes your Rickshaw Boots a pair of shoes you can own forever.
    • Insole: The insole is the layer of material inside a boot that rests between the outsole and your foot. Rickshaw uses the highest quality leathers and materials so that the insole is extremely comfortable for your feet no matter what you are doing.

       

       

      Caring for Rickshaw's Teju Lizard Boots

      Caring for Rickshaw's Teju Lizard Boots

      Also known as the "alligator lizard," the Teju Lizard makes for one of the most beautiful leathers you can wear on a pair of boots. Rickshaw Teju Lizard Boots are made with the highest quality leather and has a classic look that will last a lifetime.

      In order to care for your Rickshaw Teju Lizard Boots, you will want to follow the details below on a regular basis:

      1. Start by removing dirt and dust with a soft brush or damp cotton cloth 
      2. While your Rickshaws are still damp, use a soft rag to apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner (Bick 4 Exotic by Bickmore is a great product). It's important to use light coats so you do not clog any of the leather or cracks in your boot. Apply conditioner to the entire outside of your boot.
      3. If a shine is desired, polish with a matching color or neutral crème and apply in circular motions. Continue to rub polish in a circular motion until you start to see a shiny haze on the boot and do this until the entire boot has been coated. Let the polish dry and then brush off with a soft cloth.
      Teju Lizard have to be cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis to avoid cracking and damage. With it's very dry leather, ignoring to take care of Teju Lizard can lead to cracks when you are not even wearing your boots. Remember to condition your boots and to do it often.

      Caring for Rickshaw Stingray Boots

      Caring for Rickshaw Stingray Boots

      Stingray is the most durable leather that you can wear on the planet. It has an extremely strong and pearly hide that makes for a beautiful pair of boots that will constantly turn heads.

      The great news is that caring for your Rickshaw Stingray Boots is a little easier than other leather boots. In order to clean your Rickshaw Stingray Boots, simply remove dirt and dust from your Rickshaw boots with a damp cloth on a regular basis.  That's about it.

      Some other things to know:

        • Avoid over watering when cleaning Stingray. Stingray is water resistant so soap products and excessive water will find itself in the edge of the boot and dry out the stitching and leather sole. 
        • Conditioning is not suggested.  Conditioning products will affect the natural radiance of your Rickshaw Stingray boots and take away from it's natural beauty.
        • Shine products are not suggested unless the boot has been scraped and the scrape is affecting the pearly skin. In that case, a spot of polish might add a bit of shine to the blemish and make it less noticeable.

        With Rickshaw Stingray Boots, you not only have one of the most durable boots on the planet, you also have one of the easiest to care for.  

        Caring for Rickshaw Python Boots

        Caring for Rickshaw Python Boots

        To keep your Rickshaw Python Skin Boots looking gorgeous you will want to give them the care they need. Snakeskin is known to be a fragile leather so it is important to keep your boots out of the sun, store them in a temperature controlled environments, and do not suffocate them in plastics.

        Be sure to take care of your Rickshaw Python Boots while you're wearing them out and when you're not wearing them at all, and your boots will last a lifetime. In order to care for them, follow the instructions below and you shouldn't have any problems:

        1. After each wear, use a soft, damp cloth to clean dust or dirt from your Rickshaw Python Boots. Dampen a cotton cloth slightly with plain water, then wipe in the direction of the scales for deep cleaning. Snake scales are water resistant, so soap products and excessive water will run off the scales and be absorbed. Too much water and soap can cause Python to dry out, resulting in the scales to curl backwards. Plain water is all you need to clean the boot.
        2. Use a soft sable brush to remove any dirt or dust from beneath the scales. Be careful not to lift the scales when using a brush.
        3. Keep your Python Boots in a place that is cool and dark. UV light can be harmful to snakeskin and will cause them to dry out and the scales to curl. Any extended exposure to heat and cold will dry the skin. Try to keep your Rickshaw Python Boots in your Rickshaw Box if you really want to ensure best results and care.
        4. Apply exotic conditioner (we like Bickmore Exotic as our python conditioner of choice) if you wish to condition your Rickshaw Python Boots. Be sure that whatever conditioner you choose is meant to be used on snake skin. Snakeskin conditioner needs to be a very light conditioner.

          Caring for Rickshaw Original Cowhide Boots

          Caring for Rickshaw Original Cowhide Boots

          The material in Rickshaw Original Cowhide boots are some of the finest quality leathers available. The steps below are an easy guide that will extend the life of your Rickshaw Cowhide Boots:

          1. Start by removing all dust and dirt from your Rickshaw Cowhide Boots with a soft brush or damp cloth 
          2. While your Rickshaws are still damp, use a soft rag to apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner (Bick 4 by Bickmore is a great product). It's important to use light coats so you do not clog any of the leather or cracks in your boot. Apply conditioner to the entire boot.
          3. If you like your boots to shine, apply a thin coat of cream polish (matching color for brown or black). Rub in a circular motion until you start to see a slight shiny haze on the boot. Continue this process until the entire boot has been coated. Let the polish dry and then brush off with a soft cloth.
          4. For water protection, add light coats of a non-silicone stain and water protector with a soft cloth.

          It is very important to perform maintenance on a regular basis. Depending on how much you wear your Rickshaws Boots and where you take them will depend on how often you need to care for them.