Tight Boot Comfort

I received the following question appended to a recent comment on a blog post. I removed it from the comment and placed it here. I thought it deserved its own response and discussion:

I just have one question–for boots that fit like a glove already but are boots that are either higher heeled (two pairs of Lucchese boots) or have little to no support in their soles to begin with (a killer pair of All Saints Damisi boots–a famous UK manufacturer of anything from footwear to clothing), how do you make enough room for the Dr. Sholl’s supportive slip-ins? I want to buy and install the gel one’s but I’ve got a “smaller foot size” problem. I wear a women’s 6.5 and the boots that need extra support already fit like a glove–great if I’m on a date and only have to walk a few minutes here and there but truly hell if I”m supposed to be properly mobile and functional for longer than 15 minutes.

Any advice would be appreciated! Cheers, Jennifer

My response is after the jump…
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Cuffed Pants and Boots

I received a message from a blog visitor who asked,

Despite living in Oklahoma for most of my life, I am new to cowboy boots. I recently treated myself to an entry level pair of Lucchese Boots. I love them — everything about them! The way they look, the way they feel on my feet, the way they smell, the way they make me feel while wearing them! I love them so much I bought another pair (Lucchese black cherry caiman belly) that were so deeply discounted I couldn’t pass up.

I’ve done a lot of research as to the “dos and dont’s” of boots. Your blog has been very helpful, btw! One thing I haven’t seen anywhere is whether its proper to wear cuffed pants with boots? I seem to recall hearing around these parts that one shouldn’t wear cuffed pants with boots and doing so identified you as a drugstore cowboy. While I’m not trying to look like a cowboy and I consider my style far more preppy than western, I don’t want to flaunt all the old conventions. What is your take on cuffed pants and boots? Thanks!

Great question! My thoughts follow after the jump…
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Ranch Road Boots Review

Corrected for location of manufacture

While surfing the ‘net a few months ago, I found the website for Ranch Road Boots. This was a new brand of boots to me. (Please do not confuse Ranch Road Boots with cheap Chinese-made “Red Ranch” knock-offs made for Boot Barn holdings and sold by Sheplers.)

Soon after discovering the website, I received an email from Sarah Ford, the owner of Ranch Road Boots, who introduced her product line to me through a very cordial and friendly email exchange.

Ranch Road boots…
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A Booted Man In A Flip-Flop World

This post is written for a long-time follower of this blog who wrote to me recently to ask about my perspective of being a man who wears boots exclusively, even during the summer when it is quite warm, and being surrounded by flip-flop wearing yuppies who know no better…

Well, let’s say, “surrounded by flip-flop wearing yuppies who wear those things.” Okay, here goes…
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Maxed Out on Boots

As an avid fan of boots, my collection of motorcycle boots, cowboy boots, work boots and even some dress boots has grown to about 250 pairs. Yeah, that’s a lot of boots.

Over the last several months as I see ad after ad promoting so-called “new” boots, there has not been a boot that has captured my fancy and where I say to myself, “want to get them?”

Lately… nada. Nothin’. Why?
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Millennials and Boots

There is some controversy about what defines generations, including those generally lumped into the class of “millennials” who were born roughly between the years of 1981 to 1997, more-or-less. I generally disavow lumping anyone into any category because I myself don’t fit stereotypical lumps. But that’s another story.

Anyway, I had an interesting conversation with three guys in their late 20s at a professional association social networking and mentoring gathering, and I thought I would convey the boot-related parts of our conversation. (I participated as an old-fart sage/mentor in my role as an officer of the association.)

The boot-related conversation began by one of the young men noticing cowboy boots on my feet, and saying…
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Daily Boot Wear and Care

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…
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Another Booted Week

I am really slammed at work. The boss remains out and I’m doing his job and my own, supervising and herding cats, attending meetings and giving briefings on the Hill, etc., etc. Even an Act of Congress that affects me directly got passed (quite surprisingly). I can’t really say more about why this month has been so busy, but trust me, it has!

And what’s been on my feet?
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