Roper Boots

As the original bootmaker of the Roper cowboy boot, Justin Boots knows exactly what it takes to design a genuine, high-quality Roper. Pull on a pair, and feel the quality and expertise in every stitch.

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History of the Roper Boot

Justin roper boots are comfortable and versatile cowboy boots handcrafted with pride and precision. The first roper boot styles were created by John Justin Jr. when the Rodeo Cowboy Association issued a ruling that required proper footwear and apparel for rodeo contestants. As a result, calf ropers asked John Justin Jr. to create a boot specifically designed for roping. Justin created the roper based on a flat-heeled shoe mold originally used to construct boots for the Army and ROTC cadet officers. By pairing a flat unit heel with a round toe and eleven-inch shaft, the roper cowboy boot was born. With a flat heel, short boot height, and cushioned insole, this new style of cowboy boots provided grip, security, and comfort for riders in and out of the saddle.

The Modern Day Roper

Our modern-day roper boot collection remains true to the rich history, comfortable design, and quality materials of the original Justin roper boots. Along with cattle roping, these boots are now commonly worn for rodeos, ranch work, and fashionable style. Current Justin ropers include full-grain leather exteriors, durable outsoles, and the hallmark features of original roper boots that calf ropers have trusted for generations. We offer men's ropers and women's ropers in versatile upper color options like tan, marbled brown, classic black, and more. Be sure to shop our selection to find the right ropers for you.

Roper Boots vs. Traditional Cowboy Boots

Roper boots and cowboy boots share a similar appearance but these boots maintain key differences. Each boot was originally designed for a unique purpose; cowboy boots were built for riding a horse while roper boots were built for horseback riding and walking. Ropers and cowboy boots most commonly differ in toe shape, boot height, and heel height. Traditional cowboy boots typically feature a narrow and pointed-toe shape compared to roper boots that will have a round or square toe shape. This difference in toe shape is designed to give the foot more room in roper boots. Ropers also sport a shorter shaft for flexibility and a shorter heel than traditional cowboy boots. These key differences make the roper boot a comfortable choice for those who spend long hours on their feet or riding.

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