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How To Distinguish High Quality Boots From Poor Ones

Aug 17, 2007
What are high quality boots? We know brand names that are associated with quality for example Doc Martins. In the past they have been so well thought of that the police and the military have used them. We all know this, if not consciously, then unconsciously. The name Doc Martins is another word for excellent footwear.

But how do we really know that they are good quality. We are basically relying on there reputation and probably don't study the seam and the weight of the boot itself. It's a pair of Docs so why not buy them. Everyone else does. This article is going to give a brief overview of what to look for when buying high quality boots.

First all have a look at the heel. The boot may look very nice from the top with just the style you are looking for, but a real quality boot will have a leather heel. If you look closely at the heel you can see that the leather is stacked. This is a mark of quality. Cheaper shoes tend to have laminated heels.

The stitching is also a major factor. We all know the famous yellow stitching of Doc Martins, yet if we look closely at this stitching we will see it is very intricate, and if weren't for the color would hardly be noticeable. Cheaper shoes tend to have bigger stitching that not only looks unattractive but also comes apart after a short space of time. Boots don't have to be perfect. The main aim for a shoemaker is to get it to fit the feet. That's where the real quality comes in.

So by far the best way to check the quality of the boot is to try it on. But don't just sit there admiring the style, walk around the shop. A good quality shoe or boot should be comfortable. There should be absolutely no rubbing on your feet and you should feel support on the ankles.

Remember though to think why you are buying the shoes. They maybe of fantastic quality, but if you buy Doc Martins for mountain climbing they just won't last. Hiking boots are best for this and for these you maybe looking for slightly different features. For example grip and cushioning.

If you want quality shoes you will mostly like have to pay a lot of money for them. Real boot makers no doubt make the best quality handmade shoes. You can also get excellent quality in specialist shops that have a small client focus. Shops like this tend to try and attract people that want quality, so have a look. Discount shoe shops will not necessarily be of the highest quality, but this in the cheap prices.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as quality western boots at http://www.westernandworkboots.com
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