Leather cowboy boots are the most commonly associated boot with the American West. Boot makers in the cattle ranching region, including Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, first fabricated them. Early well know boot makers, Charles Hyer of Hyer Brothers Boots and H. J. "Big Daddy Joe" Justin of Justin Boots aided in the world wide spread and popularity of this classic American boot style.
These boots were originally designed with treadless soles for easy dismounting and tall shafts in place of laces, allowing a riders foot to easily slide out without being dragged, should he fall from his horse. Latter designed working boots added traction treads to the sole of the boot for comfort in the barn. Roper style boots with lower shafts eventually gained popularity with calf ropers because it allowed them to more easily run to tie the calf as well as ride.