Ropers¬--the cowboy boot¬'s shorter and less-famous cousin¬--have ensnared some very fashionable feet. These simple work boots wrangled their way onto a few of WhoWhatWearDaily.com¬'s favorite ladies, we recently spotted them on Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, and the eternally outstanding Kate Moss.
The roper-appeal is understandable. They¬'re beyond easy (shove your foot in and go) and have an unfussy style (wear them with almost anything). Unlike their played out relative, ropers don¬'t have show-pony tendencies. As they were originally conceived for modern rodeo events in which one was required to run around as well as ride, ropers have a very low, squared-off heel and a rounded toe for maximum comfort. This thoughtfully designed shape means you can run errands (Bilson) or walk to the local pub (Moss) without angering your little pigs.
While there are few elaborate pairs floating around, most ropers are understated and simple. Skip the lug soles and elaborate stitching and look for a pair that looks smart but not stuffy. The go-to-brand for ropers is Justin Boots, they¬'ve got a serious pedigree and they also happen to be the makers of Rachel Bilson¬'s boots. Boot Barn has lots of options we like, including the Justin Roper Boot in Black ($56.99), Jama's Roper Boot in Burnish Clay ($71.99), and Jama's Corona Roper Boot in Red ($49.99).
Photo of Lindsay, Splash News. Photo of Kate, INFgoff. Photo of Rachel, Pacific Coast News.