Ostrich Boots: 101

There is so much thought that goes into designing custom cowboy boots, but lately, I have had several questions around the concept of ostrich boots. People often ask, what is the difference between full quill, half quill, and smooth ostrich? What is an ostrich leg boot? How do you take care of your ostrich boots? How do they feel on, do they stretch? Well today, I want to go into all of that!

For starters, let's define the differences in the hide. As you can see below, an ostrich hide provides several areas to create an excellent boot. For instance, the crown is used for a true full quill ostrich boot. This is where the quills are the most pronounced, while the smooth areas of the hide are used for smooth ostrich boots. Another option is to use part of the belly and part of the smooth area to create a half quill look. All three are very popular, it is merely a matter of preference and price point. As you can imagine, price goes from high to low based on the amount of quills. Therefore full quill is the most expensive, while smooth is the least expensive.

Ostrich Hide

Full Quill Vamps

 

Smooth Vamps and Half Quill Tops

While we are discussing the ostrich hide, let's talk ostrich leg boots. This is a popular trend that creates a very unique looking cowboy boot. What is interesting about this type of boot is the amount of intricacy and talent it takes to craft one. You must assemble the legs together in way that is both appealing to the eye, as well as matches it's mate - it is quite the challenge but has a beautiful end result! These boots can take as many as 15 - 20 ostrich legs with approximately a 13" height restriction due to the size of the ostrich leg itself. This boot below combines both ostrich leg tops and hornback alligator vamps. Pretty cool right?!

Now that we've covered the anatomy of an ostrich skin, let's move onto to the fit and feel of an ostrich boot. In terms of malleability and long term wear, it doesn't get much better. However, like any boot, particularly exotic cowboy boots, we do recommend cleaning and conditioning them on a regular basis to extend their life. Our favorite line is Bickmore, specifically Bick 1 and Bick 4. While Bick 1 cleans your boots, Bick 4 is important to follow up with in order to condition the leather. If you allow too much dirt into the leather, over time, your leather boots will lose their strength and that's the last thing we want! According to the Bickmore experts, "if (your leather) feels dry or if it’s dirty, it needs to be cleaned and conditioned. We generally recommend applying Bick 4 once a week if the item is used every day."

 

 


Alex Bloodworth
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7 Comments

Arthur Anderson
Arthur Anderson

August 31, 2016

Can you leave your ostrich cowboys boots in the box it can in.

Kent Peterson
Kent Peterson

August 03, 2016

I have two pair of ostrich boots that are too snug can they be stretched and if so how do I go about it.

Thanks

Omar Luna
Omar Luna

June 26, 2016

What type of ostrich skin is more expensive and valuable, ostrich leg or full quill ostrich skin? Thanks!

christina salvestro
christina salvestro

June 16, 2016

I have 6 pairs of ostrich bought 10 years ago still in excellent condition but are a little tight. How can I stretch them without ruining them as I love them but cant wear them at the moment. Christina

Ginger choate
Ginger choate

May 20, 2016

I got my boyfriend a pair of boots and there a little snug on his feet how do we stretch them out to fit better?

Joe
Joe

February 03, 2016

I like pistols styl color cognac

Buy Happy Feet
Buy Happy Feet

January 13, 2016

Good collection.

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