We all love shopping online. Seriously, who doesn’t? You just can’t compete with the selection available at your fingertips, at the farthest a few clicks away, when you’re shopping online. That doesn’t even bring up price comparisons – which are also much easier to make.
But there is still a time and a place for in-person, brick-and-mortar shopping, such as when you’re shopping for clothes.
While this holds true for all clothing and personal accessories, it is more noticeable in some corners of fashion than in others.
Take, for example, the market for western wear. No western ensemble is complete without a pair of western boots and a hat – and shopping for these things is invariably best done in person.
Here’s why it’s better to visit a western store near you than to do your shopping online.
If the Boot Fits…Well, It Has to Fit!
First and foremost, the foundation of a western outfit is the boots. Say what you want, a quality pair of cowboy boots from Ariat, Dan Post, or Double H can make or break the outfit.
But, while all boots need to be broken in, cowboy boots are markedly different from the rest. With leather vamps and high leather shafts, cowboy boots must be broken in using quite a different technique.
It’s true that with time the leather will stretch to meet your personal contours, giving you a custom-like fit that other boots won’t, but you need to get there.
And boot fitting, stretching, and break-in can be quite a grueling process, one that’s best left to the experts.
Some western stores, such as Jackson’s Western in Wayland, Michigan, will do it for you. Boot fitting, stretching, and even pre-break-in services are gratis with purchase.
That will take a lot of work out of the process for you and add a little pep to your step, so you can saunter out of their saloon with boots and fit, look, and feel downright perfect.
Also, many western stores – Jackson’s Western included – offer boot repair services, so when your uppers are all ragged or the soles need to be replaced, you know where to take them.
To Top It All Off
If the cowboy boots are the cornerstone, the foundation of a western ensemble, then the cowboy hat is the crowning glory – quite literally.
A western hat from Bullhide or Stetson simply makes the look, and, like western boots, western hats require special care and attention if you want a custom-like fit.
For instance, consider the traits of most high quality western hats that make them so durable, crushable, comfortable, and waterproof. They are made from felted fur or wool.
Felted fur or wool isn’t necessarily as tough to work with as leather, but it can still be finicky.
That is to say, no two hats will fit you quite alike. A felted fur hat can be shaped at the point of purchase to perfectly fit the head of the buyer.
Moreover, a skilled tradesman can steam felted wool hats to work them into just the shape desired by the buyer – for a custom-like fit and aesthetic.
Jackson’s Western, in Michigan, also offers hat shaping services, as well as hat cleaning services – both of which also come gratis with a purchase from their store.
Visit a Western Store Near You for the Full Experience
These are just two of the many reasons that visiting a western store near you has, in many ways, the potential to blow the online shopping experience out of the water.
If you’re in their neighborhood, pay Jackson’s Western a visit to see what true service and selection are all about. You won’t go back to relying only on online shopping anytime soon.