The first cowboy hats didn’t look like you think. In fact, John B. Stetson’s first mass-produced hat looked closer to a Spanish-style Bolero hat than the traditional ”cowboy style” we know today. Stetson’s original “Boss of the Plains” hat sported a wide brim and a tall crown to protect from the sun and insulate the head. Cowboys took quickly to this durable hat and soon began to make their own modifications to the hats, turning up the sides so it wouldn’t be knocked off by a lasso or pinching the crown to make the hat removable with just one hand. The plethora of styles possible truly makes this style one that every man should own. Whether for function or fashion, brands like California Hat Company, Henschel, and Stampede deliver unmatched quality.