Our family wears Justin boots more than any other boot brand, so I am biased towards these boots. But I’ll try to remain neutral in this review and give a fair evaluation.
Roper style cowboy boots
Rodeo roping competitions are won and lost by split-seconds. The “roper” cowboy boot is designed for these competitions. They provide a rider with the safety of a riding boot with the performance capability allowed by a tennis shoe. A roper has a “walking heel,” a short heel roughly 1 inch.
The style of the “roper” heel locks nicely in a stirrup and is also comfortable for walking. It’s mounted perpendicular to the boot and attached at 90 degrees. In the Justin boot, the heel is one inch high.
A “roper” cowboy boot has a shaft shorter than a traditional cowboy boot. Most “ropers” will extend to the area slightly below mid-calf. Our Justin has a 10 and 3/4 inch shaft and a round toe.
Most ropers have a rounded toe; however, the toe can be square or pointed. Another desirable feature of a “roper” boot is a flexible sole — this aids in the ability to walk comfortably in these boots.
Ropers are very popular with the general public. They are comfortable and look great wearing them on the street. Recently Justin Boots introduced a new line of ropers called Deerlite Ropers.
Their new line of boots is exceptionally comfortable and light. I haven’t tested their durability yet, but I will update this review after a few months of wear.
What I can say about them is that they are more comfortable than any shoes I own, and they’re very lightweight; if you get a chance, visit your local boot store and try on a pair.
Review of the Justin ropers
Let’s check out some of the details of the Justin Roper:
- 100% Leather
- Leather sole
- Shaft measures approximately 10.75″ from arch
- Heel measures about 1.”
- Platform measures approximately 0.25.”
- Boot opening measures approximately 13.75″ around
- Classic roper boot in grained leather with J-Flex comfort system and dual pull handles
I love ropers, and Justin has been providing great ropers for years. The style and quality have changed some over the years, but they remain a favorite. Some of the newer Justins have leather foot area and human-made material for the shaft.
These boots are 100 percent leather, which I prefer over synthetic leater. The difference is that genuine leather is unique, no two hides are the same, some show stretch marks scars, and veins.
These marks in the leather add to the character and beauty of the boots. Synthetic leather is always uniform even if designed to look natural. Reals leather is also durable and long-lasting.
With more wear leather boots appearance will change, and can even enhance in appearance. Leather is porous, which allows it to breathe; synthetic material doesn’t breathe, so it traps heat and moisture.
The entire Justin boot is made with high-quality leather, that is soft and comfortable. These boots should stand the test of time.
Make sure your boot fits you correctly, the ropers I ordered ran a bit small and are tighter than average. Boots often fit tight when first purchased, but these were too small.
Going to a local boot store and being correctly fitted before ordering these boots should remedy this issue. Justin offers these boots in six primary colors. I love having leather soles on “ropers.”
The only two knocks I have on the boot are 1) size is not consistent; and, 2) they are not American made. But, for the price and feel you will have a difficult time finding a better pair of 100 percent leather “ropers.”
I thoroughly researched these Justin ropers. However, it’s never a bad idea to absorb as much information as possible about a product before buying it. Over 200 people reviewed the Justin ropers on Amazon and rated them 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Here is the link to Amazons customer review page so you can read for yourself what others think of these boots:
Click this link to check the current price for Justin Ropers on Amazon.