What Are The Holes In The Bottom Of Cowboy Boots?

Christmas day was a day of lots of web surfing all over the world. Visits to my website and this blog more than doubled from the average daily visits.

Most of the visits were driven by search engines — lots of people, I presume guys, asking questions about boots. I have blogged before about frequent cowboy boot questions, here. But this one was new — “what are the holes in [the] bottom of cow[boy] boots for”
HolesbootsWell, I haven’t seen that many cows wearing boots, but I do know a thing or two about cowBOY boots. So here goes….

Actually, if you see what I show here — Pegsclose— they are not holes, but pegs. “Pegged soles” are a true indication of a high-quality boot. Here is the explanation of a pegged sole from the tutorial I wrote on the hotboots.com website:

A pegged sole has wooden pegs made from maple or lemonwood driven through undersized holes, completely piercing the outsole, upper and insole. Then the pegs are floated (smoothed) off on the interior of the boot. These pegs, in rows of one to three deep, run along the arch (shank) of the boot down to the heel. Along with stitching and glue, they hold the insole and outsole together. Pegs are usually a sign of a better-quality boot. If a boot sole is pegged, one can see the tops of the pegs when looking inside the boot.

If you have cowboy boots with small round “holes” in the soles as shown, you have boots with pegged soles — and a good-quality pair at that!

Here is a photo of the soles of a new pair of good quality commercial cowboy boots — in this case, a pair of Lucchese Boots.Pegged Cowboy BootsLife is short: wear good quality cowboy boots to work, around the community, wherever!