Saturday, July 9, 2011

All American Boots

I have written blog posts before about my impression of All American Boots. Wearing boots all the time and having as many different pairs as I have, I've learned a thing or two about boot construction and quality. I truly believe that All American boots are a great value for the money. They are made in a small shop in California, using equipment that once belonged to the Bond Boot Company (that made Effingham boots, for example.) I have had a pair of All American Patrol Boots that I wear a lot, and continue to enjoy their style, comfort, durability, and ease-of-maintenance. (For information on how to maintain a great shine on these boots, see this post elsewhere on this blog.)

The only trouble with All American Boots is that they were not as easy to get as other major brands, such as Dehner or Wesco. But the situation has improved!

I am thrilled that my favorite boot shop, Stompers Boots of San Francisco, California, can now order All American Boots for you, and arrange for the boots you want to be drop-shipped to your door. I bought a pair of All American 401 Wildland Firefighter boots on June 23, and they arrived on July 7, so the delivery speed was great.

I regret that I really haven't had time to take decent pictures of these boots yet to post a page about them on my website. I will... one of these days.

I am in the process of making a tutorial video about how to lace a zipper into firefighter boots using these AA FireFighter boots as a model, but that's going to take a while. I just don't have time to make and edit videos with all the other stuff going on in my life at the moment.

I am also pleased to report that Buds Work Boots is having a close-out sale on All American Boots for some damn good prices. Tall black bal-laced All American patrol boots for US $199 (plus $29 shipping) -- unheard of!

However, let me forewarn you -- three people I know ordered boots from Buds recently, and each one of them had problems with the size and fit of the boots they received. For this small shop, it really is best not to order from the website blindly. That is, measure your foot (width at the balls of your feet, length toe to heel), and measure your calf about 6" below the knee. Then call him (+1-619-721-2647) and let him know these measurements so he can see if he has a pair of boots that will fit you, and also let you know what other options (type of sole, overall height, etc.) are available. Then you can place the order on-line and pay with PayPal or a credit card.

Buds Work Boots sends boots using U.S. Priority Mail, and I have been very pleased to receive boots that I ordered just two days later -- and they had to travel from the West to the East Coast of the U.S.! Great, quick service. And Bud is very good about communicating by phone, so leave a message if you don't reach him directly when you try to call.

So those of you who noticed what I wrote above -- yeah, I ordered boots from Buds Work Boots recently. I really couldn't pass up a great sale on quality boots. I'll tell you what I got in some future blog posts and website updates, whenever I get time to do that (and it may be a while.)

Life is short: get booted in All American Boots!

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