Form, Meet Function
Calf ropers of the early 20th century weren't too satisfied with the tall heels of cowboy-style boots. They wanted something they could run in. And so the roper was born.
With a shorter heel, shorter shaft, and subdued silhouette, the roper is the cowboy boot's quieter cousin. Still built Chisos tough, the flatter footing of the roper is arguably a harder worker.
Personally, we rotate between 'em both.
Your Chisos boots will last decades with appropriate attention. The vamp (leather surrounding the foot) and leather shaft require only minimal care. Condition this leather about once every three months. Store in a cool, dry location and take a day off between heavy uses to allow the insides to properly dry.
The leather soles of your boots are designed to wear out and be replaced, much like the brakes on your pickup truck. Your mileage will vary depending on conditions of use, your weight, and your walking style. Avoid repeated exposure to water and excess moisture. When needed, a cobbler can perform a full resole and heel replacement.
To extend the life of new soles, have a cobbler apply a rubber sole saver upon receipt. No matter what, physics is going to win against leather soles and stitching. To slow the process, a cobbler can add some rubber to mitigate.
Incredibly well built boots....I am shocked for the price! And the most comfortable boots I've ever had.
And it doesn't stop there.....best customer experience I've ever had. Friendly people, responsive and proactive. To get the high end boot bags, the koozie, and a handwritten thank you note with a personal message is far more than I would ever expect to get.
I love my No. 6's! Thank you for bringing back sales and service standards that are not common for the vast majority of companies anymore.
Not my last pair of Chisos!!!!!
Love the boots, quality is absolutely fantastic and the are very comfortable!
After three tries I finally got the right size. Go a full size up or you will be going back and forth like I did. It seems like the reason is because of that thick insert, so take it out and you might not have an issue.... but you're paying for comfortable boots so just size up and you will be good.
As for the boot itself, incredibly well made. Cannot wait to actually wear these out because they are beautiful and solid!
As for the company, everyone there and the over all experience was pretty kickass. They treat you like you just paid them $10,000 not $500.
Big fan of Chisos!!!
Broke in within 2 days of wear. Very comfortable. Would be the best boots I owned if Tennessee was on the heel instead of Texas.
Love my #6 Ropers! Leather and build quality, comfort and fit are all excellent. My normal shoe size is 11, but I opted to go for a 10.5 which worked out well with thin socks. My foot (flat footed) with socks on measures 11 inches long by 4.25 wide (measured from the ball across to widest point).
I chose the #6 roper since I wanted a boot that would work across casual to dress and this boot nicely fits the bill. The same boot with a slightly tapered heal would be perfection in my opinion since that would smooth out the harsh foot fall as noted by another poster. Alternatively I might go for a #1 if I could get it without the stitching on the vamp in keeping with my desire for a boot to cover casual through dress.
The only reason I didn't give this roper 5 stars was due to the fact that the stitching and cut of the liner at the top of the boot near the pull up straps was rough and caused an abrasion on my leg. This design appears to be used only on the #6 so it might be unique to that boot. Fortunately, my local cobbler was able to work out those spots such that it is no longer an issue.
I bought a pair of the No. 6. Both the craftsmanship and comfort are off the charts. I thought they were comfortable when I tried them on, but after about 3 days they were as comfortable as any shoe I've ever had. Now, about a month in, they've become my go to everyday footwear. I'm definitely going to get a couple more pairs in different styles and colors.
I got my 2nd pair of Chisos and they’re every bit as comfortable as the first pair right out of the box. I started with # 2’s in brushed brown and then the #6’s. I’ve got boots from several other makers, but Chisos will be my go to boots from now on. Thanks Chisos for making such high quality boots.
Just Amazing! As advertised. Comfortable out of the box, and look quite handsome. Can’t wait to be able to order a pair of number ones in, magic black. Customer for life! Thank you, gang.
Great boot. The quality of this boot is exceptional and fit is great. Very short break-in time. Highly recommend! I'm getting the #2's as soon as they are available in my size.
Glad to finally get my #6 Ropers. Pro: These boots are made to last, which was one of the most import elements to me. I like the feel of materials, and overall construction. Cons: Some of the stitching isn't symmetrical on one boot. Kinda petty, but hey, highly skilled boot makers shouldn't let that pass. Biggest disappointment is the comfort, which is marginal, mostly due to the sizing limits. These boots have such a positive following regarding comfort, even though the sizes offered aren't ideal for me, I thought I would give them a try. I have a narrow foot, which resulted in an oversized fit of my instep with these boots. Chisos suggests going with a size smaller, but smaller length size would have been too tight across the toes, which is worse. I compromised by having good toe fit in the size I ordered, but way too big instep. The design of these boots simply does not give you a "fits like a glove" instep if you don't have wideish feet. Thick socks help some, but these will never fit ideal with that huge instep. Perhaps a size down, with those square toed boot models would fit better.
The heels will take me some getting used to. I get a harsh foot fall transition from back of heel as I walk, due to it's 90 degree angle combined with the back edge starting well behind the foot's heel. I know this is supposed to either catch the back of your pant legs from being stepped on, or help with spurs, but it's uncomfortable to me walking. My old (40 + years old) Justins, have the taller heel that eases the heel flat under the foot heel, not behind it. The same heel ledge is not an issue on these taller, tapered heels. Hopefully, that bottom rear edge of the heel will wear down enough that my foot rolls onto the bottom of the heel sole instead of the sudden dropping motion I'm feeling as I put my weight onto the heel while walking. I might trim that rear edge some if not. Since these are my first "ropers", this might be a common characteristic feel I have to learn to appreciate. I'm mostly concerned, because so many tout the immediate comfort of the Chisos, instead of them needing some break in mileage. That makes me wonder if they will ever feel better on my feet.