I have a rather interesting software snippet that has been installed on my website throughout its decade of operation that gathers anonymous data to inform me where people are coming from and what they are looking for when directed to my website.
Recently, I looked at data on what boots names or styles are most frequently entered into an internet search engine and got directed to my website. The results were somewhat surprising, at least in the rankings. Here goes…
The list of the most frequently searched boots and/or boot styles that get directed to my website are counted down as follows:
Cowboy boots have been crafted in Mexico for centuries. Most boots from Mexico come from small shops that produce a few hundred pairs of boots per year. There are some major production lines, such as boots made with the Frye label, Laredo, or American Rebel, among others. But most Mexican boots are made by small, independent operators. Boots made by those small shops are usually pretty good in both quality and construction. Boots made by large production lines in Mexico usually are not that good — U.S. companies outsource to Mexico for cheap labor and sometimes they take shortcuts in production to make an inferior product.
Overall, my recommendation is to consider boots made by small shops in the Mexico Bootmaking Capital: Leon. I can’t recommend boots made by outsourced cheap labor on big production lines such as those with the Frye label. Cheaply made, overpriced crap.
9. Logger Boots
Lots of working men search for logger boots. Logger style boots have been around for a long time, worn by men who first worked in the logging industry, and then by men like me who appreciate a tough, rugged, waterproof boot when doing hard, physical labor such as construction. Quality U.S. bootmakers are known for loggers: White’s Boots, Wesco, and Chippewa. Other manufacturers make logger boots as well, such as Thorogood and Georgia Boots. I haven’t been impressed with the quality or construction of these brands that are made offshore. Georgia Boots, for example, are made in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Boots made in Puerto Rico carry the “Made in the USA” label, but only technically since PR is a commonwealth of the United States.
My favorite loggers are made by Chippewa. I do not own any loggers made by Wesco or White’s. Their loggers are excellent, but very heavy. I am of the age where heavy, heavy boots feel like I am dragging around Frankenstein’s feet, and as such, heavy boots tire me out. Chippewa loggers are only 9 inches tall, so they are not quite as heavy as Wesco Jobmasters which are taller and thus heavier.
Harness boots have a rugged style, square toe, and are quite affordable. This style of boot (along with engineer boots) have been the choice of bikers or biker wannabees for decades. I produced a video in 2011 where I described and compared four brands of harness boots: Boulet, Chippewa, Double H, and Wesco. I have found harness boots made by Boulet, Chippewa, and Wesco to be superb. Harness boots made by Double H, Dingo, Durango, Frye, Georgia Boot, Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee Classic, X-Element, River Road, and several others are of poorer quality and construction because boots by those brands are made offshore (especially Frye and Harley labeled boots — crap made in China). I can’t recommend those brands. My favorite of all are Chippewa Harness boots for their great Vibram sole, quality construction, and USA manufacture.
Not surprising to me that engineer boots came up next in the rankings. The engineer boot style is rugged, classic, and of clean design. These boots are made to be worn and used in outdoor environments, especially by bikers and regular guys who want to wear a rugged but understated-in-design boot. Most guys go for the well-worn appearance, and most guys let them get dirty and leave them that way. Seldom would anyone shine engineer boots.
The best engineer boots with which I have experience are made by Whites Boots, Wesco, and Chippewa. The Whites and Wesco boots are really heavy and have become uncomfortable to my aging feet. My Chippewa engineers, though, remain very comfortable and are frequent “go-to” boots when I ride my Harley.
I also have engineer boots made by Wolverine, which do not impress me as they are made with lower quality construction. Engineer boots made with the Ad-Tec, X-element, Harley-Davidson or Frye labels are made in China and in my personal opinion, aren’t worth anywhere near the price charged for them. I haven’t been impressed by engineer boots made with the Durango, Red Wing, or Wolverine labels which are all made offshore.
Back to cowboy boot styles, tens of thousands of searches this year that have directed visitors to the cowboy boots section of my website for images and information about ostrich boots.
I like ostrich skin for boots. It is durable, water-resistant, and comes dyed in many different colors. Ostrich skin boots are dressy, so they are quite wearable with dress clothes in the office or equally as good with denim jeans in the off-time. Ostriches are farmed for their hides, so the skin is not rare or exotic as some others such as alligator belly. Because ostriches are farmed and the hides are easy to “work” when making boots, ostrich boots are reasonably priced compared with other exotic skin cowboy boots.
Usually guys who are interested and developing courage to try other types of skins for cowboy boots than leather tend to get ostrich as a first choice because the skin is different, yet subdued, so it does not attract attention (if the wearer is so concerned.)
Check back soon for the most frequently searched boots and styles to be directed to my website — rankings 5 to 1. Which do you think will be #1?
Life is short: search and know your boots!