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Should You Wear Jeans Tucked Into Cowboy Boots?

Should You Wear Jeans Tucked Into Cowboy Boots?

Should You Wear Jeans Tucked Into Cowboy Boots?

We hear it all the time: Should you wear jeans tucked into cowboy boots? The answer is more complicated than just yes or no.

2021-01-29

A hotly contested debate in the Western world is: Do you tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots? The bottom line is men should only tuck their jeans into their cowboy boots when the utility demands it, while women have more flexibility in their options, but the exact answer is a bit more complicated than just yes or no. In most scenarios, men should wear jeans over their cowboy boots. However, there are some occasions when it’s appropriate to tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots. Women, on the other hand, can wear skinny jeans or leggings inside their cowboy boots to show off their footwear. Women can also wear wider cut Western jeans over their cowgirl boots. Men, though, will typically only tuck their jeans into cowboy boots when riding or working the land.

Formal Occasions: Should You Wear Jeans Tucked Into Cowboy Boots?

When wearing cowboy boots to a formal occasion, convention dictates that your cowboy boots should be worn inside your pant legs. The reason you don’t want jeans tucked into cowboy boots for a formal occasion is the fabric on the legs of your pants will bunch, wrinkle, and crease just above the shaft of your boots. If you want to show off your boots, wear pants that rest a bit higher (above your instep instead of above the heel). Women can also attend formal events wearing a dress and cowgirl boots or cowgirl booties.

Mud, Dirt, and Brush: Do You Tuck Your Jeans In?

If you’re out in the field roping or working on a ranch, you can go ahead and tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots. But if you know you’ll be tucking your jeans into your cowboy boots, opt for more narrow-cut Western jeans. You might also want to wear ropers instead of traditional Western boots. The roper has a rounded toe, shorter shaft, and squared heel, which makes them better for walking and running. Tucking your jeans into your cowboy boots serves three purposes: First, it prevents your jeans from getting dirty. Second, it gives you better access to the roper boot’s kick-off heel if you need to take them off in an emergency. The tall shaft of the boot also helps protect your legs from branches, brush, thorns, and wildlife.

Another situation when it’s appropriate to wear jeans tucked into cowboy boots? If you’re riding a horse through mud or puddles. Because cowboy boots are water resistant, they’ll keep your feet and pants dry and dirt-free. After you’re done for the day, clean off your cowboy boots following our cowboy boot care guide.

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Festival or Concert: Should You Tuck Your Jeans In?

In general, there are very few scenarios in which a man would have his jeans tucked into cowboy boots. The only exception would be if you’re at an outdoor festival and there’s rain or mud. In that case, it’s acceptable to tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots to keep your pants dry and clean. Women, though, can tuck their skinny jeans or leggings into their cowgirl boots for a fun country concert or festival look.

How to Tuck Jeans Into Cowboy Boots

If you are going to tuck your jeans into your cowboy boots, make sure to do it well to avoid bunching and gathering. Tucking your jeans neatly into cowboy or cowgirl boots may seem like an easy task, but there’s a trick:

  1. With your boots off, cuff your jeans around your ankle. This prevents the jeans from putting pressure on your instep, which can make tucking your jeans into your boots uncomfortable.
  2. Pinch the jeans at the bottom of the cuff and pull the leg of your jeans back so they’re resting against the front of your legs.
  3. Fold the jeans around the back of your ankle so the cuff and extra denim is resting against the side of your leg.
  4. If desired, wear your socks over your folded jeans to keep them in place.
  5. Put on your boots as usual.
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As you can see, when it comes to knowing whether you should tuck your jeans into cowboy boots, there isn’t a strict yes or no answer. But with the tips above, you should now have a better idea of what to do in various situations.

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