Roper style cowboy boots are distinguished by the low shaft (boot top) and a low walking heel. Regular cowboy boots have a high heel designed to keep the boot in the stirrup.
John Justin is credited with introducing the “Roper” in 1954, however, I never saw a pair of Ropers until the 1990’s and didn’t own a pair until a few years ago. They were a gift.
Ropers make a lot of sense from a comfort and style point of view, if you don’t use them for riding.
Cowboys are particular about their boots, so it is unwise to surprise a cowboy with a pair of “Ropers”. Check first or make sure they can be returned.