Having a spare pair of boots can be a little tricky because of sizing issues. But it’s nearly undebatable that if a new hunter heads to the field or forest with inadequate footwear, he or she will likely soon be miserable because of wet, cold feet. Consequently, a return trip is less likely. Most serious hunters need an extra pair of boots, anyway, in case their favorite pair wears out or gets damaged. Make sure that whatever boot you choose is light enough that it won’t burn your guest’s feet up in the early season, but heavy enough that, when used with a good pair of socks or two, will keep his or her feet warm in late winter. The best boots have interiors with wicking materials to keep perspiration away from hunters’ feet, thereby keeping them more comfortable. They also have at least some insulation, although hunters in warm climates might opt for non-insulated boots. Lastly, quality boots should have slip-free, lugged outsoles that provide a good grip when you and your guest walk from the truck to your ground blind and back.