I’ve had a couple of ladies, including the chairwoman of the Board at Fins and Furs Adventures, Lila, mention the issue of footwear for women lately. It seems to be the case that for a long time, boots and other types of outdoor footwear for women, has offered a very limited amount of choices.
For years, Lila was forced to wear a men’s size seven because she couldn’t locate a boot designed for women that wasn’t designed with fashion in mind! Ladies, keep looking because vendors who sell “sporting” footwear have begun to understand that there is a very viable market in women’s boots. If you ladies are experiencing what seems to be limited options for hunting boots, waders, hiking boots, etc.; have faith! The boot industry has awakened and come to realize that more and more women are becoming outdoors women (IF&W has a program called, “Becoming an Outdoor Women,” that is a fabulous program), and they need reliable footwear.
The process of buying boots for outdoor use is the same as it is for men: decide what activities you intend to pursue and then buy a boot that is appropriate. For example, if you are interested in hiking, then you will want a boot that provides ankle support, is waterproof, and has tread offering good traction. A boot for deer hunting or other cold weather activities will require the above qualities, but warmth will be an issue. There is nothing that discourages a fledging hunter faster than cold feet! Perhaps the most important of new footwear, for anyone, is to be sure that your footwear is broken in properly. I can’t place enough emphasis on how important this is. Find a boot that fits your needs and go home and wear it! Walk every day in increasingly longer periods. This will allow your boot to become a proper fi t and will eliminate blisters and other issues that are sure to spoil the day. The best part of this? If it means that this will get you hunting with him, he’ll be happy to foot (no pun intended) the bill!!
Next month…Planning this year’s adventures.