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Are you in the market for a new pair of western boots, but not sure if square toe vs. round toe cowboy boot style will best suit your lifestyle? Don’t sweat it, pardner. We’ve got the details you need to make the right choice.

Let’s walk through the basics of square toe vs. round toe cowboy boots so you can get to steppin’, ridin’, workin’ in the most comfortable boot style perfect for whatever your day calls for.

Square Toe vs. Round Toe Boots: What’s The Difference?

Round Toe Boots

Round toe boots offer more room in the toe box, putting less pressure on the toes and feet than pointed or snip toe boots. They are also easy to get in and out of stirrups and are a comfortable choice for most foot shapes to wear while riding, walking, and standing.

Certain round toe boots known as roper boots are specially designed to support cattle ropers, who spend their day moving back and forth from the ground to horseback like The Earl boot pictured below in Midnight Calf.

Man leaning against a wall wearing The Earl boots

A round toe boot style pairs well with casual and formalwear, making it a versatile footwear style that cowboys and girls trust to keep them comfortable no matter what the day (or night) has in store.

Pair a good-lookin’ pair of round toe boots with your favorite western jeans for casual occasions, or spruce up your look for a formal event with a fresh, polished pair of round toe boots for a look that emanates confidence. For extra style points, opt-in for a pair of round toe boots crafted from exotic leather, like The Nolan men’s boot and The Casey western bootie, both in lizard leather shown below.

Man in suit wearing The Nolan lizard bootsWoman wearing The Casey lizard booties

Square and Broad Square Toe Boots

If your feet need the roomiest toe box in the game, Tecovas broad square toe boots have you covered. This extra-wide toe style is a welcoming option for feet that are wide, extra wide, irregular, or prone to swelling and discomfort. A square toe is also the most comfortable option for long days of walking and working on foot. Plus, the extra wiggle room means custom inserts can be added for a perfect fit that suits your needs.

With all the added comfort and convenience square toe boots provide, this extra-wide toe style isn’t the best choice for everyone or every setting. For instance, getting in and out of stirrups can be more difficult in square toe vs. round toe boots. Square toe boots also aren’t quite as easy to style as round toe boots, the widely accepted toe style for formal events. 

This isn’t to say that square toe boots aren’t stylish! You can confidently pair these ultra-comfortable cowboy boots with jeans for everyday wear, pictured below, with The Doc boot in Tan Bison.

Man wearing The Doc square toe boots

Square Toe vs. Round Toe Boots: Which One Is Best for You?

Now that we’ve got the facts, let’s recap and find your perfect fit. Round toe boots offer a middle-of-the-road fit roomier than narrow and pointed boot styles but not as wide as broad toe boots. Round toe boots are great for those who want to walk and ride with ease. They also make great work and dress boots. Their only drawback is that they can be uncomfortable on wide or irregular feet.

If you’d like to try round toe boots and your foot is a size E width or wider, we recommend choosing a width of “EE-Wide,” which is available for all of Tecovas men’s boots.

Square toe boots offer the most wiggle room out of any boot style and are perfect for ranch work and spending long days on foot. Square toe boots look killer with jeans and casual outfits but aren’t the most popular choice for formal events. If you experience regular foot discomfort or swelling, square toe boots can support your foot throughout the day, with a little room to spare for custom inserts for an even more comfortable fit.

Comfort Built Into Every Pair of Tecovas

Regardless of which cowboy boot toe shape you find the most fitting, rest assured your pair of Tecovas has unparalleled quality, comfort, and durability built into every stitch. Around here, we take pride in crafting boots that deliver comfort, classic western style, and rugged materials that will last for the long haul. Browse and shop today to find the perfect cowboy and cowgirl boots for all of life’s adventures.