Dynamic Boot Collection

For a while this month, my boot collection had grown to over 200 pairs — 202 pairs to be precise. Yikes! Not even a boot aficionado like me could really wear 202 pairs of boots. I had been teetering above and below 200 pairs for almost the whole year. But now I’m down to 196 pairs, and that number will decrease in the months to come. What’s been going on?

My website began as a way to inventory and display my boot collection. I created it in 2005 in response to rants from my fiance who was sick and tired of tripping over boots and saying, “you don’t even know what boots you have!”

The website resolved that once and for all. I know for certain just what boots I have, and more — how they fit, how they have worn, and how comfortable they are.

I also have changed or refined my preferences for boots over time. I realize that no matter how much I may like the looks of certain boots, I won’t wear them. For example, very tall lace-up loggers. They sure are rugged-looking, manly boots. But I don’t do that kind of work, and I am much too impatient to lace up loggers. So the tall lace-up loggers I once owned were sold this year. (Replaced with a shorter pair of “super loggers” which I wear in cold, snowy weather.)

I have tried newer styles of boots and have adjusted to wearing ropers from time to time (whilst not riding my Harley.) Comfy boots for casual wear. This year, my collection grew by three pairs of ropers.

Through the summer, I sold some pairs of boots that did not fit me any more and were taking up a lot of room in the boot closet. Tall black Wesco harness boots were tough to part with, but I really was not wearing them and I hit a stage of saying to myself, “list them on eBay and move ’em out!” So I did.

Then in a fit of serious housecleaning in September, I unpacked, unboxed, or otherwise uncovered 10 pairs of old boots that were damaged to a degree that they were not useful, wearable, or “sale-able.” In one fit of “don’t-look-back” action, I discarded them all!

Meanwhile, new boots were arriving as I was finding boots more to my newer preferences in style, design, color, and manufacturer. My fiance even bought me a pair of custom super-quality high-end cowboy boots by Legendary Boots as a gift for my caregiving during his long-term illness. So I can’t let him say that my boot collection has grown all by itself (or just me!) LOL!

I went after quality — not quantity — and those which fit better (larger foot size), and suitable for multi-tasking, such as riding my Harley in dress clothes that I wear to work and in business meetings. So the collection grew again. Ooops.

Early this year, I developed a seriously painful problem with plantar fasciitis — inflammation of a tendon in my left foot — at times, the pain was so bad that I was “down to” wearing only a few pairs of boots that did not aggravate the problem. Fortunately, with physical therapy and prescription orthotic inserts for my boots, the PF has subsided and I can wear almost all of my boots again.

I tried two new pairs of boots that were supposed to be good for people with PF pain. I learned that the claims of PF pain relief were not real. But I got two new pairs of boots anyway that fit my style.

One day in early October, I tried to wear a pair of Sendra boots that I own, and they didn’t fit. They never fit. Then I tried on another pair of Sendras, and the same thing happened — ill-fitting boots causing foot discomfort. The third (and last) pair of Sendras were the same way. I realized that while Sendra boots are very cool-looking, they’re not for me. They are made for guys with pencil-thick legs, and the calf discomfort rendered them to the back of the boot closet as dust-catchers.

Realizing that to my dismay that I do own boots that do not fit any more, I decided to go through my boot inventory and select boots that I cannot or do not wear, and sell them. I created a page on my website displaying the boots that I wanted to sell. I updated my index pages, too. I also updated my website’s siteindex and submitted it to various search engines.

Just a few days later, I was contacted by some guys who bought five pairs of my boots. Wow– without really promoting the sales, I already had five sales. I am not selling my old boots for large sums, but for what I believe they are worth as used boots.

Now don’t get any ideas and look over my website and send me offers for boots that are not listed on my sales page. I really do wear the boots in my collection, or for a few that I cannot wear, I am keeping them for certain reasons.

My fiance is pleased to see the collection shrinking, and room opening up on the floor of our closet or worse, the bedroom (oops.)

This year, dynamically, the boot collection has grown by 20 pairs and has shrunk by 22. So far… as of this post. Check back next month for “as the boot collection turns.”

Life is short: wear boots or move the boots you don’t wear any more.

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  1. I have a different problem. Have lots of boots 11 1/2 to 12. But after spending the last two years working out vigorously they no longer fit my calves. This especially includes my Wesco Boss boots and a tall pair of Highliners. I can wear the Highliners but no longer with thick jeans tucked in! It’s been a long time since the Boss boots have fit over my jeans, much less chaps. Thinking of listing them both, along with some western boots I no longer wear, on Ebay. If I can sell them at a reasonable price will buy a new pair of Wesco Boss boots. I ride a lot and like the tall boot look, especially on cool days. They keep the wind from blowing up my legs, cooling me off too much.
    Thanks for the ongoing adventure you share.
    Robert “Boothawg”

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