Cowboy hats are traditionally high-crowned, wide brimmed hats associated with the western attire of the North American cowboy. Although today these hats are seen on the heads of western enthusiasts in cities and countrysides throughout the world, it is still associated with ranch workers in the Western and Southern United States, Western Canada, and Northern Mexico. Country western singers and athletes on the North American Rodeo Circuit wear cowboy hats while performing.
Cowboy hats are recognized worldwide as a part of the Wild West. They are associated with famous and infamous characters such as Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill. Actors such as Roy Rogers and Clint Eastwood have added to the popularity of this hat.