This is something I’ve wanted to address for a while, but I really haven’t had the information I needed to put it up on the site. I have heard things here and there about Tecovas cowboy boots, but hearing something and posting it on Facebook might be one thing, but I’m looking for facts. Facts about cowboy boots is what we here at We Heart put up on our site. Sometimes we have opinions about a particular style or pair of boot and we write about it, but we let you know that it’s our opinion. I have seen tons of advertisements for Tecova cowboy boots be it social media platforms, emails, and a ton of them on TV. They definitely have their advertising inline. I almost never see advertising for big name boots like Stallion, Lucchese, Tony Lama, Rios of Mercedes, Lane, etc… This is pretty puzzling to me. If I were to guess, it’s because the big names like the ones I just mentioned have a solid foundation in the boot industry going on decades and even a century in some cases. Most of them anyway. Stallion is pretty new, but they aren’t your average boot. A new boot company like Stallion isn’t your average boot and kind of caters to high profile clientele, actors, musicians, models, etc…
Who Or What Exactly Is Tecovas?
Tecovas just came on the scene in the cowboy boot world in 2015. They are being called the “Warby Parker” of cowboy boots. In case you don’t know Warby Parker, they are an eyeglass company that sells directly to customers without the middle man online. That is how Tecovas started and continues to do so. Tecovas does have some brick and mortar stores which they started opening in 2019. They have raised a ton of money, so if you haven’t seen any of their advertisements, I’m sure you soon will be. If you have seen some advertisements, you most likely will see even more.
What’s the attraction to Tecovas cowboy boots?
The main thing is definitely the price! $300 or under in most cases. That is a huge difference when you look at the price of the big boys like the ones I mentioned earlier. Most of them go for $800 and up. Hands down, that is by far the biggest attraction to these boots. If you look at a pair, they are really good-looking boots. They also come in exotics just like the big boys. Another factor in why Tecovas have gained popularity is because cowboy boots have gained a lot of popularity. You have a whole bunch of people that really know nothing about cowboy boots, the history of cowboy boots, and the families ( like Stetson boots) that have been making them for decades. In my opinion, some of these people wouldn’t know a good quality cowboy boot if it kicked them in the you know where, lol. Cowboy boots are something special and say a lot about a person. Check out 5 Things wearing cowboy boots says about a person and you will get the idea.
LUCCHESE ROPERS VS TECOVAS “THE DEAN” – Fit Comparison
The Good, Bad, & The Ugly – A Pair Of Tecovas Boots
I have seen other peoples reviews about Tecovas boots. Some good, some bad and that is to be expected with any product. I did try a pair on and I wasn’t very pleased with the fit up around the top of my foot which caused way too much heel slip. I went a size down and that didn’t fix the problem. I guess they just weren’t made for me.
Tecovas uses heel counter materials that are not leather, so it may not last as long. Also, the shank is dipped in plastic and has the potential to crack and cause squeaking in the future. The leather outsole has been said to be of a lesser quality so you may need to get them resoled sooner. They still may not cause any issues in the future and chances are you may be fine if using for just casual wear. I’ve heard some models of Luchesse (key point is “heard”) also cut corners in some manufacturing and the Mexican made TLs are not nearly as good as the US made cowboy boots for the reasons I mentioned above as well.
In My Opinion, You Get What You Pay For
I think I have come to the conclusion that there are 3 types of cowboy boots out there. Cheapy cheap boots that I won’t even mention any names, generic type boots which I would fit Tecovas, Cuero boots, and others into. And then high end boots such as the boots we talk about here at We Heart like Stallion, Rios Of Mercedes, Tony Lama, etc…
I’ve always been a “Made in the USA” type of person, now more than ever. So I guess that is one strike against Tecovas boots. But hey, this is America and you get 3 strikes before you’re out. Something like that anyway. They are a decent boot and if you’re not really into boots like some people, then I guess they are okay. In reality, a lot of people look at cowboy boots as a work of art. From the style, to the hand craftsmanship, to the quality materials they use and last and not least, the name the boots represent. When it comes down to it, I’m more of a “quality over quantity” type person.
Why should you be wearing a pair of name brand boots like Lucchese, Rios of Mercedes, Tony Lama, Stallion, etc…?
- The Best Brand Names Are known Throughout The World For Their Superior Quality That Someone Like Tecovas Just Can’t Compete With
- Some Of These Brands Have Been Around For Over 100 Years And For Good Reason
- When You Buy A Pair, You Know What You Are Getting And They Will Last For Decades
- Huge Selection Of Exotic Skins Like Ostrich, Crocodile, Elk, Caiman, Elephant, & Many Others Are Used By The Big Name Brands
- Brands Like Lucchese, Rios of Mercedes, Tony Lama, Stallion, And Others Only Use The Fines Premium Exotic Skins
- Unique, Stylish & A One Of A Kind Look Will Give You A “One Up” On Tecovas And Anyone Else
- These Popular Brands Are Endorsed By Some Awesome People on the Pro Rodeo Circuit As Well As Some Unbelievable Country Music Singers, Movie Stars & Even Presidents
- These Brands Are Associated With The PRCA, IPRA, NCHA, NRCHA & The TSCRA – Some Of The Finest Horse Rider Groups &Pro Rodeo Groups Out There
- Quality And A Superior Cowboy Boot Is The Reason For This
These handcrafted western boot brands are made in America for men, women, and children. Made from the finest materials by the best boot craftsman in the business. There are plenty of styles, colors and types of leathers to choose from so you don’t have to worry about limited selections. If you’re a boot lover and want something better than Tecovas or some other lower quality boot, you need to be looking at places like Pinto Ranch!
It’s Your Money, Do What You Want With It
As the title says, it’s your money, do what yo want with it. A pair of Tecovas might be exactly what you are looking for. Wear them once in a blue moon out to a country bar or something and take some line dance lessons. They may last you 5 or 6 years that way. If you are wearing a boot more than once a week, I would suggest getting something a little better. Check out Pinto Ranch’s selection of top names like Tony Lama, Rios Of Mercedes, Lucchese, etc… What every you are looking for, guy or girl, they will have the highest quality boot money can buy. They also have a great selection of western wear and accessories. Basically a one stop shop for your inner country!
I do want to emphasize that I don’t think Tecovas makes a bad boot. It’s a decent boot for certain types of people. But I will say there is no way they are in the league of the brands I’ve mentioned several times here today. Don’t let their multi million dollar advertising budget fool you.
If you want the highest quality boots that are steeped in tradition, I would select something from Pinto Ranch. These boots only use the highest quality leathers and materials. They are produced by boot makers and just as important, boot designers with decades of experience. There is a reason these brands have been in business for years and years. Satisfaction, quality, word of mouth, these are the reasons they have stood the test of time. Just something I don’t think you should over look. Once again, you be the judge and as always, we hope that we’ve helped you to find your new favorite pair of handmade cowboy boots!