As readers of this blog and visitors to my website know, I have a large and extensive collection of boots, ranging from cowboy boots, motorcycle boots, dress boots, and work boots. I only wear boots as footwear — never sneakers, sandals, dorky dress shoes, or the worst of the worst: flip-flops or crocs.
Someone wrote several comments on a recent blog post asking about daily boot wear and care. I thought I would summarize what I know from experience about wearing, caring for, and storing boots. Read on…
BREAKING NEWS: I just learned that today, April 13, is National Boots Day!
Let’s pull on, strap on, tie on, or otherwise wear BOOTS today!
As requested, I will (try to) resume posting a summary of the boots that I wore during the past week.
Having a large collection of cowboy, dress, motorcycle, and work boots which I wear every day, I choose from a large variety of styles, colors, and designs.
This is a short chronicle of the boots on my feet since last Friday night…
Lately here in the DC ‘burbs, the weather has been highly variable. Record-breaking warmth one day, followed by snow flurries and cold rain the next day, windstorms and drizzle and sun and warmth and cold and … oh my… at least it’s not raining men. (I have the only man I need, thanks.)
Anyway, with the temperatures varying by some 50F day-to-day, and with the precipitation also changing as rapidly as the temperatures, I accommodate those weather changes by changing boots much more frequently, too.
These days when so many orders for new boots are placed via on-line ordering systems, it is expected that vendors will send an email to acknowledge placement of the order, provide order details, and information on when to expect delivery. That is common.
What is woefully inconsistent is how vendors communicate with purchasers after-the-sale, especially to confirm delivery.
There are some excellent vendors who communicate very well, and some really bad ones with whom I have experience. Learn more…
Those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere are in the middle of winter. What comes with winter weather besides cold temperatures (excepting locations closer to the equator, such as where my buddy “S” snowbirds in a U.S. Southern State)… is precipitation in the frozen form: ice and snow.
I have blogged a lot about the importance of having good traction when walking on slick pavement and on ice and snow. For me, boots that have the best traction have Vibram 100 (or similar) lug or waffle soles on them. They are like snow tires for the feet.
But what also comes with the frozen precipitation is the stuff that is spread to provide better traction for vehicles and to melt it: road salts (sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium) and abrasives (sand, fine grit gravel, silicon, and even aluminum particulate matter).
The combination of these products — road salts and abrasives — is an exceptional hazard to the health of your boots. Here is what I do daily about it…
My next suggestion from my friend in Belgium for this blog is the age-old question, “did women take over wearing boots from men?” or related, “why don’t men wear boots any more?”
I answered the second question thoroughly in my March 2, 2016 blog post titled, Why Don’t Men Wear Boots Any More?
My friend said,
I sometimes read comments of guys complaining that women are more accepted to wearing boots. They seem jealous and even claim that women stole the wearing of boots from men.
I have a few additional thoughts, especially in these days where sexism in the United States has been empowered and emboldened by the buffoon who will become U.S. President…
My friend from Belgium sent me some more ideas for this blog, and I appreciate it. One of his recent suggestions was:
With such a vivid passion for boots: have you never thought of turning it into your profession? Like starting a business as a boot retailer or even starting a new brand of boots?
I appreciate the thought. My reply is after the jump…
I continue to receive questions along the lines of, “with so many boots in your cowboy boots, motorcycle boots, Frye boots, work boots and dress boots collections, do you really wear them all?
I can understand why I get those kinds of questions. The answer is…
Chippewa boots, made in the USA, are good-quality boots. They make a very large number of models of boots from motorcycle, logger, packer, hiking, and work boot styles, among others.
I have always been amazed by the huge variety of boots that Chippewa offers. But that variety has its pluses and minuses — the worst of the negatives includes…