Out of all the breeds of celebrity, there’s just something cool and likable about the country star.
They’ve got the artistic chops and the glamour that the ladies love, but that truck-driving, beer-drinking quality that we find relatable.
Few musicians pull off both these sides as equally and as perfectly as Mr. Blake Shelton. This duality is also well-represented in his cowboy fashion sense. One of the reasons Shelton has such a memorable style is because, like you and me, he doesn’t shy away from wearing and re-wearing his favorites.
We found those excellent cowboy boots that Blake is always rocking, plus two alternatives—one levels up the dressiness, and the other levels up the practicality.
Blake Shelton Boots
You’ll constantly find Mr. Shelton photographed wearing leather cowboy boots, which makes perfect sense given he lives on a ranch in Oklahoma. He’s not just a country rock star, he’s a true-blue country kind of guy.
It’s well-documented that Shelton sports Lucchese brand boots. Lucchese started out with an emphasis on robust and high-quality workwear for Texas military officers in 1883, before their boots became a favorite among Hollywood celebs like Bing Crosby and James Garner.
They’re a heritage brand befitting a rugged outdoorsman/glamorous music star.
A few style outlets have deduced that Blake wears Lucchese Trents. Upon closer inspection though, Trents are a bit too square-toed.
Instead, I’m sure that our favorite cowboy is sporting the Lucchese Charles Boots, with their thinner toes and inward heel profiles.
Famously sported by country music star, Blake Shelton, The Charles sports a leather heel, a leather reinforcing heel counter for support, and a full welt that attaches the outsole to the insole. The style leans slightly into the electric horseman school of fashion, without fully committing. This is likely why Shelton wears them so often, whether he’s on tour, at the grocery store, or walking the red carpet with Gwen Stefani.
The Charles Boots, like all Lucchese boots, are handcrafted by artisans. These particular models are made in León, Mexico, the fashion industry’s go-to region for high-quality leather footwear. There, generations-old artistry and craftsmanship is uncompromised, which is why brands like Wolverine, Taylor Stitch, and Tecovas rely on that area for their more ambitious boot designs.
The Charles sports a leather heel, a leather reinforcing heel counter for support, and a full welt that attaches the outsole to the insole. The quarter is embellished with a classic hand-stitched design, that Shelton usually hides with his jeans anyway.
The thinner heel, slightly pointed toe, and textured crocodile leather gives the Charles an upscale and distinguished look, without compromising on the classic cowboy boot template. The style leans slightly into the electric horseman school of fashion, without fully committing. This is likely why Shelton wears them so often, whether he’s on tour, at the grocery store, or walking the red carpet with Gwen Stefani.
I know what you’re thinking. Famous celebrity Blake Shelton wears these boots everywhere, but can I? Obviously, if you’re a genuine cowboy, then the answer is yes. The classic silhouette makes perfect with jeans. If you wear bolo ties to high-end occasions, then the upscale crocodile texturing makes them appropriate for that kind of dressy event as well.
If you’re trying to look like Blake Shelton though, you’re likely going the cowboy style route by choice, regardless of where you live or what your occupation is. If your outfit calls for, or can be paired with western style footwear, then you can 100% go for Blake’s boots.
What Boots Does Blake Shelton Wear on The Voice?
More often than not, Shelton is rocking his Lucchese boots, including when he’s judging future music stars on The Voice (he even wore them on his wedding day).
However, for one special performance on the hit NBC show, he went a different direction. When he and his wife sang together on The Voice, he wore tan-colored tactical military boots.
They’re similar to the Under Armour Valsetz Military Tactical Boots or the Bates Ultra Lites Tactical Sports.
The Under Armour Valsetz boots are lightweight and made of durable synthetic leather. They have a monochrome aesthetic and minimal lace eyelets, just like Shelton’s boots.
The Bates Ultralite Tactical Sports Boots are made of 70% leather and 30% nylon, and have the same napped leather style as Blake’s. It’s also more color-matched to his boots than the Under Armours are.
If you’re more into Blake’s outdoorsy look, with less of a cowboy flare, these boots are good options. Just pair them with some rugged blue jeans and you’re good to go.
Blake Shelton Boots Alternatives
High-End Alternative: Lucchese Limited Edition Western Boot
The Nile crocodile leather is durable and shiny, and the cording is far more intricate. While Shelton is often hiding his quarters under his jeans, the exquisite hand-stitching on this bad boy just might need to be shown off. Even the pattern on the crocodile texture is more mosaic-like because of the smaller scaling.
It features a saddle vamp and leather heel, though the heel is straighter and more sturdy-looking compared to the Charles. Furthermore, the Lucchese Limited Edition Western Boot is 100% made in Texas.
The Lucchese Limited Edition Western Boot is the Lucchese Charles’ more sophisticated and complex brother. The Nile crocodile leather is durable and shiny, and the cording is far more intricate. It features a saddle vamp and leather heel, though the heel is straighter and more sturdy-looking compared to the Charles. Furthermore, the Lucchese Limited Edition Western Boot is 100% made in Texas.
Practical Alternative: Ariat Workhog Wide Square Toe Work Boot
More practical and much less expensive, the Ariat Workhog Wide Square Toe Work Boot is made from full-grain leather, though it isn’t actually crocodile. The faux pattern on the upper has pretty good detailing on it, even if more grid-like than genuine lizard skin.
The big difference is that it’s a work boot. It has an EVA midsole, Duratread outsole, and Ariat’s Max platform, which provides proper body alignment and reduces foot fatigue. I’d say that the added comfort makes this the practical urban alternative, but it definitely has a cowboy vibe about it, aesthetically.
The quarter features really beautiful cording though, and it’s actually more complicated than the one on the Charles. So while the Ariat Workhog Crocodile is a more pragmatic alternative to the Lucchese, it still has a hint of that electric horseman flair.
The Ariat Workhog Wide Square Toe Work Boot is made from full-grain leather, though it isn’t actually crocodile. The faux pattern on the upper has pretty good detailing on it, even if more grid-like than genuine lizard skin.
Boots for the Texoma Shore
Channel your inner tractor-driving crooner with a stylish pair of high-end cowboy boots. Blake Shelton’s favorite pair are the Lucchese Charles Boots, a perfect balance of old school western and sophistication.
If you want to lean harder into that latter sophistication though, go for the US-made Lucchese Limited Edition Western Boots. If you’ve got some actual work to do on the ranch, the Ariat Workhog Wide Square Toe Work Boots will serve you well.
Regardless, any of these options have the potential to be the Red River Blue of your shoe closet.