These boots are designed for the working and rodeo cowboy. The heel is under slung but has a long base to ensure stability, and the heel rand is extended to fit a heavier banded rough stock spur. If you ride ox bows, you'll find that the extended welt and mid sole provide more comfort than a typical 3/4 welted boot. The top leathers are soft if you need to wrap the shaft. The heels are nailed on so that the whole outsole isn't torn off during a mishap.