For many of us, Boots are the answer in a search for permanency in a world that’s changing faster than ever - sneakers come and go as do most things we wear and wear out - they’re consumption products - here today gone tomorrow. Boots differ greatly. Well made boots no matter whether a heritage or a contemporary brand - Red Wing or Wolverine versus Nicks Handmade or Helm Boots, endure, they develop a character and provide continuity that core boot customers are searching for - many of us embrace change less than our peers when it comes to apparel and other elements of our lifestyle.
Few products, save for denim, are worn by the owner, and in their use develop a unique patina (or fade in the case of denim). This aspect of boots allows the wearer to express their uniqueness, each crease, wrinkle, nick, scratch, coloration, and patina gives a boot an individual character. In the case of male customers, guys comment on each other’s boots and denim as no other product I’ve seen. Far beyond 'that’s cool' or 'I like it,' guys recognize each other’s wear, the patina or fades, and there’s an understanding of the authenticity and uniqueness of the product.
My interest is rooted in my adolescence, boots were somehow most real to me, authentic, conveying the hard work and the dedication that boots did. I worked in construction through high school and when I put boots on I knew I was going to make things happen, I knew the importance of safety and quality of construction and materials. I chose Nicks Handmade and Red Wing Boots. I still have a couple of pairs from this time and they are better than any diary or photo album as a record of a past time, struggles, and accomplishments.
As my life took me abroad, starting with my participation in the first student exchange between the Soviet Union and USA, Red Wing boots accompanied me. Footwear was important as for comfort safety and longevity when it came to trips across North America, Southern Africa, and Northern Europe (Scandinavia). As I became an avid hiker and camper, boots became my escape, they were my vehicle to adventure. Since launching BootHunter on Instagram, and later on Pinterest, my blog and website, I have collaborated with, featured and promoted, mentored and supported makers across the globe. I was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer https://gofund.me/d064c3bc