This boot is designed for the working and rodeo cowboy. The heel is under slung but has a long base to ensure stability. 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 (rough stock cowboys). The heels are nailed on so that the whole outsole isn't torn off during a mishap.