Down the Boot Aisles

From camp shoes to heavy-duty waterproof boots, footwear is making great strides

Field & Stream Online Editors

Whether you're selling casual camp shoes or boots to protect your customers from ice, rocks or mud, footwear is a challenging department to manage. When all is right, the cash flows in, but when things go wrong and foul weather doesn't arrive, inventory stacks up, leaving you with a deep, gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach. SHOT Daily can't predict the weather, but we sure can show you what's worth taking a look at down the miles of aisles of footwear at this year's show.

Danner
This 10-inch-high guide-quality Canadian boot from Danner utilizes stitchdown construction for reliable support and comfort. The outside is a full-grain leather upper and Danner bob outsole with a Gore-Tex liner. The Canadian requires no break-in time. Inside, you'll find a Danner Airthotic insole that ventilates the foot and provides generous arch support. The Canadian can be rebuilt and repaired, adding years of life to the boot. SRP: $310. Booths #823 & #6409. (800-345-0430; www.danner.com)

Georgia Boot Company
This is a classic 8-inch upland boot with ultralite kangaroo leather for a very nice price. The Mock Toe has an all-kangaroo leather upper that is fully lined with moisture- wicking mesh. All hooks and eyes are set on steel washers and the sole is a Vibram Gumlite with a polyurethane midsole. SRP: $119. Booth #6367. (877-795-2410; www.georgiaboot.com)

Irish Setter
Irish Setter's XL Series boots are designed for your larger-than-average customer. (Sizes include D 10-16; EE 10-16; H 10-13). A sturdy 12-inch leather upper has been added for additional support and a larger throat will accommodate bigger calves and make the boots easier to put on. The collar is generously padded for a more comfortable fit. There is Comfort Cork EVA footbed with Memory Foam cushioning and ScentBan Odor Inhibitor. The outsole is welted construction for rigidity and torsion control with an aggressive Vibram sole. The XLs have Tex Scent Control, are waterproof and have a breathable fabric lining with 400 grams of Thinsulate. SRP: $210. Booth #6043. (888-738-8370; www.irishsetterboots.com)

LaCrosse
LaCrosse is the first boot maker to use SlitherTech, a stretchy new material that makes snake-proof boots flexible and waterproof. The boots are comfortable right out of the box and a have a fast lace system. The gusseted tongue design is flexible and wraps around your calves creating a snug fit at the ankles and knees. The new uninsulated 18-inch Striker GTX allows a hunter to walk comfortably with protection from North American venomous snakes. There is an EVA midsole, a steel shank and the boots weigh in at 4.5 pounds per pair. SRP: $189. Booth #6401. (800-323-2668; www.lacrosse-outdoors.com)

Lowa
The ankle-high Timpan GTX is a lightweight field boot constructed with a split-leather upper and a Cordura cuff for protection. The Gore-Tex lining makes these boots waterproof and breathable. There is also a proprietary Vibram Vialta outsole/midsole providing torsional stability. The Timpan GTX is ideal for walking fields, shooting clays and bird hunting. SRP: $130. Booth #6914. (203-353-0116; www. lowaboots.com)

Rocky
The BearClaw Classic has sold more than 1 million pairs. The new update has a seven-layer outsole system that is waterproof and breathable with 1,000 grams of Thinsulate. Lightweight and more durable, the 1,000-denier Cordura nylon upper is reinforced with leather. Inside there is a cushioned footbed perforated for improved air circulation. The outsole is attached with welted construction that doesn't sacrifice flexibility, allowing the boots minimal break-in time. SRP: $139. Booth #6325. (740-753-1951; www.rockyboots.com)

Wolverine
Wolverine's 8-inch Gore-Tex Sttealth Max is the perfect boot for wet, warm-climate hunting with its waterproof Nubuck leather, 1000-denier Cordura and Gore-Tex lining. The new, semi-translucent Wolverine Spider Web TPU outsole has multi-directional traction for easy self-cleaning. SRP: $150. Booth #6343. (800-545-2425; www.wolverinebootsandshoes.com)