From the moment you set your foot in our store you will experience shopping like never before. We have qualified, knowledgeable and friendly staff eager to help you choose the right size and style for any occasion. You don't have to settle for one pair of boots! Here at Boot Factory Outlet you can walk out the door with three pairs. So come on in and let the adventure begin.
At Boot Country in Nashville you'll get a big ole welcome y'all and become part of the Boot Country family as soon as you walk in the door. We pride ourselves on customer service and of course great boots. Boot Country's staff makes sure that our extended customer family leave with a smile. We have over 20,000 boots in stock and carry national brands such as Rocky, Justin, Wolverine, J.B. Dillon, Masterson, Sterling River, and more. You'll find boots for the entire family with men's sizes 6 to 16 including hard to find widths and ladies sizes 5 to 12 including wide widths. There is also a large selection of children's boots!
The saxophone professor from Moscow, Idaho, flashes hazel eyes and smiles as she examines a pair of boots, participating in a favorite tourist pastime offered on the neon-lit strip of music and beer halls and cowboy boot emporiums that is Lower Broadway.
The buy-one, get-two-free signs taped on the doorways and windows of many of these businesses draw in folks like Vanessa Sielert, the saxophone prof visiting Nashville to represent the University of Idaho in a meeting of university music department chairs from throughout the country.
That can be quite an investment, since a stock pair of boots there goes for $300-$12,000, and custom boots, built to order for the foot of a specific person, start at $600 and run into the many thousands.
The answer to that is yes, but only if you know what to look for. The importance of being 100% comfortable in your boots on an adventure cannot be overstressed; boots that are painful will ruin your enjoyment, damage your feet, make your back, shoulders and knees ache along with being down right dangerous on unstable ground. So just how do we make sure that our expensive footwear will be comfortable, remain comfortable and offer many miles of blissful hiking We ensure that they fit properly! I know that may sound obvious, but I'll bet that over 75% of boots sold don't fit as they should and that the majority only get away with it because they don't go that far. We've all seen the fancy machines that you place your foot on and it measures the length, width and semi-circumference, with some of the more expensive ones even attempting a guess on what day it was that you managed to cut your toenails this week! The information that these machines offer is complete junk! Now, those that know me wouldn't expect me to say that unless I could back it up, and quite rightly so! Let me explain. These machines offer an accurate representation of the general profile required for a perfect fit, and with a competent assistant, the measurements will be correct. So! Why are they junk The problem isn't with the machine it's with the boot! The boot cannot relate to this information and if someone suggested that the size information on many boots was little more than a randomly generated number, I'd find the statement difficult to argue with. My normal shoe size is a UK8 but I have boots that are a UK7, a UK8 and a UK9 with two different width designations; all fit perfectly! Each manufacturer's fittings are different and this makes the accurate measurements provided by the machine completely meaningless as far as boot fitting is concerned. What's the answer That's an easy one! Fit the boots properly! In this article I'll do my best to explain the procedure from beginning to end along with an explanation of why it needs to be done in that way. This covers all boots except for extreme high-altitude boots.
A few weeks ago I accompanied a young friend to a large, well known outdoor store to purchase his first pair of 'proper' hiking boots. I stood back and allowed the assistant to do his job in peace while watching from a distance. The procedure that followed could only be described as farcical as the assistant mauled himself to death trying to make a boot that was too large fit satisfactorily. At that point I intervened to rescue the situation in order that my young friend didn't end up with 200 worth of useless, painful equipment that he'd had to save his money for over quite a few months!
No! Not in the slightest. Being able to assist people in this area you need patience, understanding, knowledge, experience and above all, a genuine interest in helping that person find the right boot for their needs and to make sure that the fit is as perfect as possible. That's a pretty tall order these days, especially when many of the staff in the larger stores, that offer the keenest prices, are paid very little and have no interest in the outdoors whatsoever; to them, it's just a job. Smaller, specialised shops are usually staffed by knowledgeable enthusiasts with a genuine interest in fixing you up with the correct boot in the correct size; unfortunately, their prices are somewhat less keen, for obvious reasons. By knowing how to ensure that your chosen boots fit correctly, arms you with the opportunity of getting a keen price as you don't need any assistance. Right! Let's get on with it!
It's best to fit your boots early in the day if possible, that way your feet are fresh and in top shape from a good night's rest. It's also favourable if you have no injuries such as a twisted ankle, sore toes or blisters. Your feet tend to spread slightly as the day progresses and that's why an early fitting is preferable. Before going to the store wash your feet, dry thoroughly and lightly talc. Your toenails should be correctly trimmed; this is important as we need to fit the boot with everything as it should be.
The importance of using a pair of good quality socks cannot be overstressed; people often skimp on these but the reality of the situation is that these form the interface between your feet and the boots! The socks need to fit properly; they should not be tight or restrictive, but equally, there should be no 'looseness' on any part of the foot. The heels should fit perfectly; this is important as any excess at the rear will cause discomfort. A pair of quality, medium weight 'loop stitch' socks in 'Smart Wool' will cover summer and winter. Don't be tempted to buy thicker socks or wear two pairs, this is incorrect and will cause problems later. The reason for this is that as your hike progresses the socks will compress leaving the boot slack and unstable, they will also make your feet sweat, resulting in wet, soft skin that is easily damaged.
Your choice of boots should be based on the type of hiking that you'll be undertaking; things like terrain, conditions, daily distances and pack weights should all be taken into consideration. The lighter the boot the more comfortable they're likely to be, but it's important to make the distinction between comfort and knowing that you're wearing them. Occasionally the boots that you like just don't fit your feet properly, so you should have a couple of back-up choices just in case. Generally speaking, the harder, longer and tougher your hikes are likely to be, the 'beefier' the boot needs to be, especially if pack weights are on the high side.
You may be fortunate and get someone that knows what they're doing but even then, they can't feel what you can feel! Start off with your normal shoe size; remove your shoes and socks, replacing them with your new or freshly washed walking socks, being careful not to pick up any debris on the bottom of your feet as you do so. Slacken the laces on the new boots completely and pull the tongue fully forward, place your smallest foot in the appropriate boot and tap the front of the boot against something hard so that your toes are touching the front of the boot inside. Now slide your middle finger between the back of your heel and the inside of the boot; it should be a nice fit, not tight and not slack. If this is not the case, change the size of the boot before continuing further. If the boots are full height and your finger isn't long enough take something with you that's the same diameter as your finger but long enough to reach. Two pairs of socks, or thicker socks will not put this right! Next, remove the boot and place your thumb and middle finger lightly around the widest part of the boot crushing it in a very small amount, now slide your foot back into the boot slowly, feeling how your foot pushes out your fingers; this should be minimal. The fit should be neat but not tight; there is a slight adjustment here on the laces but not as much as you may think. Once you're happy with the fit, position the tongue correctly, don't rush this, it's important that all the folds seat perfectly. The next step is to bang the heel of the boot on the floor a few times quite hard, making sure that your heel is as far back against the inside of the boot as it will go; lace the boot in the normal way to the top, making sure that all the slack has been removed from the laces and that the tongue is central. When you've done both boots, stand up and walk around; there should be no heel lift at all, not even a small amount. Now kick the front of the boot on the floor a few times, none of your toes should touch the inside of the boot; there are no exceptions to this! If the boots are fitted in this way it's extremely unlikely that you'll have any problems whatsoever, even on your first trip out.
Now that you've got your new boots you're almost ready for the off! We just need to cover lacing in a little more detail. The lacing in the shop has been sufficient in order to buy the boots, but to get the best from your new purchase an understanding of how to lace them in order to accommodate different terrain and conditions will be required. The standard lacing will suffice for perhaps 85% of the time but two slightly different methods will cover the remaining situations; there are others, but there's enough to think about here as it is. When on long, steep, high traction descents or very rough, rocky terrain the boot needs to be tighter to eliminate any movement that may induce instability along with your toes pushing on the front of the boot, resulting in a matching, painful set of black toenails. This can be achieved by lacing in the normal way but instead of finishing at the top eyelets criss-cross back down to the next set of eyelets and finish there. For 'flattish' trails with a relatively good surface, missing out the middle eyelets where the boot flexes along with the very top eyelets will be much more comfortable without causing any adverse effects. For military, high-ankle boots with eyelets, the lacing method is quite different. The lace is fixed at the bottom eyelet and is then threaded up with no diagonal crossovers until reaching the top. The single end is then wrapped around the top of the boot and tucked under itself three times; no knot or bow is required. You may think that this would come loose but it never does, neither does it ease slack. No matter what the boot goes through the lace is always easily undone, even with cold hands. Another reason is that should you injure your foot, a sharp knife up the front of the boot will release the lace quickly and completely in order to aid the removal of the boot. 59ce067264