I have a nifty snippet of software that lets me know what drives people to this blog. Nowadays, well over 95% of visitors to this blog are coming from the top 3 search engines — Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Other search engines, not as much.
What information are the searchers looking for? The top 10 searches are all boot-related. No big surprise there. What are those searches? In reverse order, from 10 to 1, they are:
10. Cops in boots
Yep, I get a number of visitors from all over the world looking for images of cops in boots. These days, many cops wear short tactical boots. But what drives many men is to look for images of cops in tall patrol boots.
From attending and judging dozens of police motorcycle riding competitions, I have assembled a gallery of well over 1,500 photos of “cops in boots,” here (this is a link.) Have at it; enjoy.
9. Police motorcycle boots
8. Motorcycle cop boots
7. Cop boots
Searches 9, 8, and 7 are all related. If I summed the numbers of searches for these three, they would total more than what appears as the number two (not number one) search, below.
There is something stunning and mind-captivating of tall equestrian-style black boots on a masculine man. Many guys, civilians and the curious, as well as bikers and gay BLUF enthusiasts, want a pair (or two or three) for themselves. I have written about this style of boots a lot on this blog over the years.
6. Wesco harness boots
Interestingly, there are a significant number of searches for this particular style of Wesco boots over Wesco boots in general (see below.)
Wesco harness boots are definitely big, bold, and tough. I have had several pairs of Wesco harness boots, and I used to like them. These days, my old feet get sore while wearing such heavy boots, so I opt for lighter-weight boots myself. But that doesn’t mean that I do not appreciate the big bold boots that Wesco harness boots are — the biggest, baddest, boldest harness boots out there!
5. Gay boots
Sorry to disappoint, but there is no such thing as “gay boots.” Boots are inanimate objects. They do not have same-sex relationships.
Aside from that, and with obvious undertones reading into what that search is about, there are two ways this search could be interpreted: a) what boots do gay men like to wear more than others? and b) what boots could be considered “gay” and for insecure guys who are afraid of being labeled as gay, what boots to avoid?
For point (a), there really are not any particular kind or style of boots that gay men like. Some gay men really like cowboy boots; some like dress boots they can wear with a suit; some like tough, masculine work boots to wear while doing physical labor; some gay guys (like me) ride a motorcycle and wear motorcycle boots for that activity; and some guys like boots that go with BLUF wear (breeches, leather, uniform fan club). For me? I like all of these (except the suit… I do not wear suits, but I do wear dress boots from time to time!)
For point (b) — what boots could be considered “gay” — I won’t go there. That perception is held in the minds of insecure men who arrive at wildly wrong assumptions. There are no boots that make someone appear to be gay or straight.
4. Engineer boots
Engineer boots have a style all of their own. Broad round toe, single strap and buckle across the instep, and either short or tall shafts with a buckle at the top. This style of boots has been popular for well over 150 years. Tough, versatile, understated and comfortable boots that is a must for any man’s wardrobe.
I wear engineer boots about 1/3 of the time, and this boot style commands about 1/5 of my boot collection. Yeah, you can say that I like that style myself and have blogged about them a lot, thus the number of search visitors to this blog about that style of boot.
3. Dehner boots
Dehner boots are a very impressive and well-known boot brand. Dehner’s reputation for outfitting motorcycle cops in the U.S. is legendary. While Dehner boots do not hold the percentage of the cop boot market that they once did, the image, style, and reputation is second-to-none, and is why I have written a number of posts on this blog about this boot brand.
Many men — straight and gay — admire the bold, long, sleek style of a Dehner boot, both with and without a laced instep. Many motorcycle cops wear Dehners daily. So do gay men who like to wear uniforms and leather pants. Dehner boots complete the outfit.
I have owned and worn more than a dozen pairs of Dehner boots over almost four decades. I love the appearance, yet I still find them challenging when it comes to value compared with their cost to a guy who is not a cop. It is possible to find Dehner-style boots out there for half the cost of the Dehner brand. However, a real Bootman will always know that another guy is wearing Dehners (or not.)
2. Frye boots
Not a surprise here — searches about Frye boots generate a huge number of visitors to this blog, as well as a larger volume of emails all pretty much asking me to confirm whether or not their boots are or are not “real Fryes.”
As I say in many of my replies to these emails, I am really not a Frye boot expert. I have worn and collected men’s Fryes since the ’70s when I was in high school and that brand of boots was all the rage. I continued to wear and buy them through the ’90s. I pretty much stopped wearing them in the late 2000s when they just plain hurt my feet too much and became too uncomfortable.
1. Wesco boots
Interesting — lately, the most searched information is about Wesco boots, not Fryes. That may be because of how Wesco boots rank in the secret algorithm used by Google that actually picks out more posts on this blog about Wescos than any other — because I am both hot and cold about the brand.
I really like the brand. Best in the business of building a tough, rugged, and million-year-lasting boot. I have owned more than a dozen Wesco brand boots over at least three decades.
But these boots are damn hard to wear, especially as a man ages. It is difficult to wear heavy, heavy boots all day especially when having to stand or walk a lot. Wesco motorcycle boots (Boss and Harness) are not made for walking, hiking, or standing. Old feet get tired more easily. I have blogged a lot about the brand and about that intersection — wanting a tough, rugged boot for motorcycle riding, yet finding Wesco boots hard to wear due to discomfort.
I thought you may find it interesting to see what thousands of internet searches have been to drive visitors to this blog.
Life is short: use insights derived from analysis to determine future focus of blog subject matter.