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We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable Cowboy boots, for those who are looking for boots that are both stylish and comfortable. We also have nearly every type of exotic leather cowboy boots you could possibly want. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Introducing the Cebu Boots Collection

Cebu has been in the boot business for over 20 years. The founders, Jose Luis and Alejandro Rodriguez, come from a family with a tradition in shoe-making. They continue that legacy with their handcrafted leather and fabric work boots. All of their products are manufactured in a factory in Mexico and shipped to the United States. They pride themselves on producing high-quality work boots that provide the wearer with both comfort and protection. 



Coastal Boot is proud to sell a variety of boots from the Cebu collection. The Borce Shark boots are traditionally-styled lace-up boots constructed from 100 percent premium leather. They feature a steel toe with a rubber protector and a non-slip polyurethane sole. The removable insole provides added shock absorption, and the oil-, gas- and acid-resistant material keeps feet dry and safe. These boots are recommended for those who work in roofing, landscaping, HVAC or plumbing.


For a more fun take on work boots, the Rodeo boots are designed to look like cowboy boots. Intricately embroidered detailing denotes the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making each boot. The polyamide toe offers protection without sacrificing comfort and style. Goodyear welt construction provides added durability to help these boots stand up to even the toughest challenges. These boots are ideally suited to those who work in warehouses or as mechanics.


We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable Cebu Boots are looking for work boots that are both stylish and comfortable. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Tips for Choosing the Right Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are not only stylish, they are also functional. The fit of each cowboy boot may vary depending on the brand, the style, and the leather. If you’re planning on shopping for cowboy boots it’s important that you find a pair that are comfortable and fit well, which is essential, but there are a few more things you should take into consideration. In this post we will discuss some tips that will help you find the right cowboy boots for you.


Socks Matter

One of the most overlooked aspects of shopping for cowboy boots is the socks worn when trying the boots on. When trying on your cowboy boots you should be wearing socks that you would normally wear. If you try them on with thicker socks than you would normally wear the boots will fit tighter than they should. Without the right pair of socks you won’t be able to determine if the boots fit correctly. If this is the first time you are buying cowboy boots, you may want to purchase boot socks or athletic socks that are calf-high.


Trying the Cowboy Boots On

While sitting down to put on your cowboy boots is perfectly fine, it’s important that you stand up to test them out. Put the boots on, get up, and walk around a little. Some brands will fit more snug around the arch of your foot for added support and you won’t notice this if you’re trying them on while sitting down.


Style and Material Matter

When it comes to choosing cowboy boots there are three different kinds of boots you'll come across, western cowboy boots, exotic leather cowboy boots, and cowboy boots that have "pointy" toes. If you're in the market for a simple cowboy boot you will probably end up buying regular western cowboy boots. These type of cowboy boots are often made of full-grain leather and come in various designs. If you're in the market for something a bit more fancy you will probably purchase pointy cowboy boots or a pair of exotic leather cowboy boots. Pointy cowboy boots were introduced in rural Mexico and eventually became popular in Texas and even ended up on runways in Paris fashion shows. These cowboy boots may come in either full-grain leather or a more exotic type of leather. Exotic leather cowboy boots take cowboy boots to the next level. Not only do they come in various colors and designs, they are made out of exotic leather. The following are types of exotic leather boots:

Elephant leather cowboy boots
Alligator leather cowboy boots
Ostrich leather cowboy boots
Shark leather cowboy boots
Snake leather cowboy boots or Python leather cowboy boots
Caimen leather cowboy boots
Stingray leather cowboy boots

At Coastal Boot, we have just about every type of exotic leather cowboy boots available for sale to the public.


Finding the Right Fit

Finding the Ball of the Foot

You may need some assistance with this particular task. Once you have put on the cowboy boots you should stand up, distributing your normal weight on each foot to ensure it’s a proper fit. The ball of your foot should sit comfortably on the widest part of the boot. If the ball of your foot is sitting too far back or forward you should try on a different size.


Having enough Toe Room

When you wear your cowboy boots there should be ample toe room. Everyone’s feet are different and some people may have longer toes than others. You should have at least a thumbs width between the end of your boot and your toes. Many boot companies add toe caps into the cowboy boots for added reinforcement. If the toe cap is bothering you, you may need larger boots.


Determine if the Width You Have is Correct

In order to determine whether or not the width you have on is correct you should stand up and look straight down at your foot. Your cowboy boots should fit snug, but shouldn't feel as though they are strangling your feet. If you feel that the sides are too tight, you need wider shoes. You boot should never feel too loose or too tight.


Match Your Arch

The arch of your foot should fit perfectly against the boot shank. Some people may have lower or higher arches than others, so even if the boots fit well on someone else’s feet, they may not be the perfect fit for you. Always remember, if your boots don’t fit comfortably when you try them on, chances are, they never will.


Temporary Heel Slippage

A little heel slippage is normal. Anywhere from a quarter to a half of an inch of heel slippage is fine. This usually occurs when you are still breaking in your boots. Once your boots have been broken in the heel slippage should subside.

We hope that this will help you purchase the perfect pair of cowboy boots for you!



We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable Cowboy boots, for those who are looking for boots that are both stylish and comfortable. We also have nearly every type of exotic leather boots you could possibly want. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  


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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

What is Inside of Your Safety Toe Boots?

Buying proper footwear isn’t just about purchasing a pair of boots, it’s an investment in your safety and comfort. OSHA standards for safety footwear are based on the possible risk of injury from work-related accidents, such as cutting, crushing, chemical or electrical exposure, slipping and punctures. If your work environment presents risk of injury to your feet, you will be required by your employer to wear proper work boots every day to ensure your safety. Knowing what your employer requires will make shopping for work boots much easier. When shopping for safety toe boots also keep in mind the design and construction.


Safety Toe Boots

Safety toe boots are constructed with toe caps made out of steel, aluminum, or composite materials. The purpose of these toe caps is to keep your toes safe from being crushed or severed if something is dropped or rolls over your feet. The caps allow the shoe to absorb any impact force instead of your toes.

Here are three types of safety toe boots you should be considering:


Steel Toe Boots

Construction workers often require the maximum safety possible, which is why they often wear steel toe boots. The steel toe caps provided the best protection and are designed to keep your feet from being crushed, even under heavy weight. Some also come with steel plates, making them puncture resistant. Steel toe boots are heavier than Aluminum or Composite toe boots, and they can get very cold or hot with weather exposure.


Aluminum Toe Boots

Aluminum toe boots meet or exceed ASTM standards for compression and impact testing of I-75/C-75. These type of safety toe boots help protect feet from heavy or sharp objects that may fall onto your feet while working. In comparison to steel toe boots, aluminum toe boots are lighter and provide more comfort, while still meeting minimumsafety standards.


Composite Toe Boots

Composite toe boots have toe caps that are made out of composite material, which include, but are not limited to, plastic, Kevlar, or carbon fiber. These boots are designed to help keep your toes protected, however, they do not provide the same level of protection as steel toe or aluminum toe boots, which is why they are not ideal for heavy construction sites. Composite toe boots provide better electrical resistance, although if you work with electricity you should make sure your work boots are EH rated. These type of boots offer better insulation for cold and hot weather.


Regularly Inspect Your Boots

It’s important to regularly inspect your safety toe boots so that you can replace them when necessary. Safety toe boots will be compromised if they show wear and tear or have suffered an impact. By regularly inspecting your boots you’ll be able to ensure your safety while working. If your boots have suffered an impact or are showing wear and tear it's time to replaced them.



Shopping for safety toe boots isn’t so difficult when you know exactly what you’re looking for.




We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable safety toe boots including steel toe boots, aluminum toe boots, and composite toe boots. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Motorcycle Boot Buyer's Guide

Motorcyclists today want boots that are stylish, high-quality, and are versatile enough for everyday use.  It’s easy to find a great looking pair of boots that promise to withstand daily use long term, but the truth is, they don’t all hold up. It’s important to take your time when looking for the right motorcycle boots so that you can find one that best suits your needs.


When shopping around for motorcycle boots you should keep in mind that there’s no one boot that is right for everyone. Motorcycle boots vary depending on what the rider needs, prefers, and the type of motorcycle they ride. Below we will discuss some of the basic boot features you’ll find when shopping around for motorcycle boots. Before you begin searching for motorcycle boots, ask yourself, “What will I be using these boots for?” Are you only wearing them while riding your motorcycle or do you need them to be multi-functional?


Styles of Motorcycle Boots

Motorcycle boots come in various designs, the most coming being engineer or harness boots, “shorty” boots, tall boots, police-issued motorcycle patrol boots, and motocross boots. There are also a few cowboy boots made for motorcycle riders, but they aren’t very popular.


Engineer or Harness Boots – These are the most commonly worn style of motorcycle boots in America. The 10” to 12” high ones are the most popular, but they can be found in various heights. This style has been around for quite some time, yet it still remains one of the most popular around. The harness boots use a strap that wraps around the foot, goes across the back of the heel and attached with a ring at each side. They normally come with a square toe. Engineer boots use a single strap across the instep and normally come in a round toe. Some of these boots come with Vibram soles, which offer greater traction. There are various brands that offer harness and engineer boots.


“Shorty” Boots – Shorty boots earned that name because they are 10” or shorter. Most shorty boots come 6” to 8” tall and they’re sometimes called tactical boots because firefighters and police officers have been known to wear them. These boots are great for both riding and everyday wear.


Tall Boots – Tall boots are named that because they are anywhere from 14” to 20” tall. Many bikers prefer wearing taller boots because they provide added protection to the legs. They are also popular during the cold winter months because they are warmer. Some bikers like these boots because of the way they look when worn with jeans or pants (tucked in).


Motorcycle Patrol Boots – These type of motorcycle boots are normally 17” to 18” tall, but are sometimes ordered with a custom height. These boots almost always come in black and are considered a part of the uniform worn by motorcycle officers. Motorcycle patrol boots come in two designs, one with laces all the way up and another that uses no laces at all. 


Motocross Boots – These boots are designed for motocross racers. They are not meant to be worn while “walking around”.


What to Consider

Your motorcycle boots should have a shaft height tall enough to at least cover your ankles. This ensures that your ankles are protected in case the motorcycle tips over or you get too close to the hot pipes. Leather-lined boots last longer and are comfortable enough to wear all day. The shaft should come below the back of the knee so that motorcyclists can operate all of the motorcycle controls safety and effectively. Boots that come up above the back of the knees may cause cuts and discomfort.


Calf circumference (or calf width) is also important when choosing the right pair of motorcycle boots. Your motorcycle boots should be wide enough to accommodate your legs as well as your pants. Accidents are always a real possibility, which is why you should avoid wearing shorts while riding a motorcycle. Standard 12” or lower motorcycle boots can usually accommodate most legs. Motorcycle boots taller than that may not come standard as a one size fits all. If you want to know what your circumference is use a tape measure to measure the widest part of your calf muscle. Remember to do this while wearing the same pants that you would normally wear while riding. Most standard tall motorcycle boots come with a 16.5” circumference. If your calf is larger than that in circumference you may need to order custom boots.


When shopping around for motorcycle boots you should choose one that has a good sole design. Your motorcycle boots should have a heel so that you can easily rest it on the foot peg and it should give you the grip and traction you need on mud, sand, water, and oil. A high-quality motorcycle boot will have an oil resistant sole and will provide good traction regardless of where you’re walking. Do not buy motorcycle boots that aren’t oil resistant because oil will end up destroying them. With proper care, the uppers are going to outlast your soles, so it’s better to invest in boots that have the soles stitched on instead of glued, so that they can be replaced.


The construction of the motorcycle boots are as important as the sole design. Most motorcycle boots are made of leather, often reinforced in certain places. For example, manufacturers may use leather along with Gore-Tex, a waterproofing material, which helps increase breathability making boots more comfortable for long bike rides. Boots built with Goodyear Welted construction are popular among motorcyclists because they are so durable.


Ventilation is a factor that should definitely have a big impact on your final decision when choosing motorcycle boots. Your boots should be waterproof, but they should still allow your feet to comfortably breathe. This is often achieved by using special interior linings and exterior surfaces. Liners may vary depending on their material, which is why most motorcyclists have multiple pairs of motorcycle boots. They choose which boots to wear based on the weather and temperature.


If you plan on walking through rain or shine you may want to purchase a pair of water-resistant or waterproof motorcycle boots. Many leather motorcycle boots come water resistant already if treated with a good conditioner and water repellent.


What Boots To Avoid

Not all boots are the same. In fact, cowboy boots may be very stylish, but they often have smooth leather soles, making them a poor choice to wear while riding motorcycle.  The soles used on cowboy boots can cause a rider to slip or even lose control of his or her bike.


Boots with long laces are also a bad choice for riding motorcycles. Long laces can get caught in moving motorcycle parts, the brake pedal, or the gear shifter.


Avoid hi-top sneakers at all costs. Some manufacturers promote their shoes as the perfect alternative to motorcycle boots, but the truth is, they are not constructed to the same standards as motorcycle boots and therefore, they do not offer the same level of protection.


We hope these tips will help you find the perfect motorcycle boots for you!



We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of high-quality, affordable motorcycle boots. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Cowboy Boot Care Tips



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Regardless of whether you wear your boots once a year or every day, you want your boots to look good every time you put them on. Here are some great tips that will help you take better care of your cowboy boots and keep them looking great longer!


  • Remove dirt and dust every time you take your boots off. Although your cowboy boots are meant to get dirty, it doesn’t mean they have to stay dirty. While dirt and dust don’t seem like a threat to your cowboy boots, they are. The particles can settle into every little crack and will begin digging away at the boot’s finish. Overtime it can cause the boots to wear. To remove the dust wipe boots with a soft and moist cloth, or put boot conditioner on a soft cloth and wipe the surface of the boot.


  • Always let you boots air-dry. Force drying leather with a dryer can cause the leather to crack. By allowing your boots to air-dry you can help prevent cracking.


  • Apply leather cream and conditioner regularly. Be sure before you use apply anything onto your boots that you read the care instructions that come with your boots. Make sure to use the right product and avoid anything that the directions tell you to avoid.If leather is too dry it will begin cracking. By conditioning your boots regularly you can avoid cracking of the leather. Please note that suede, rattlesnake, and boots with a naked finish should never be conditioned. Whenever you notice your boots no longer have that beautiful luster, condition them. Depending on how often you wear your boots you may need to condition them weekly or monthly. Do not over-condition your boots because it can lead to mold.


  • Protect your boot with water and stain protector. Once you are finished cleaning (and possibly conditioning), applying water and stain protector will help keep your boots looking great longer. This type of protection can be used on any type of leather. Some people believe that it’s better to wear your boots a few times before putting on water and stain protector because it allows the pores of the boots to open up more, allowing the solution to penetrate deeper.


  • Use a boot jack to remove your cowboy boots. Cowboy boots can be difficult to take off at times. Boot jacks were invented so that cowboys could take off their boots without getting the help of someone else. While there’s nothing wrong with getting someone to help you take your boots off, you should never try to remove your boots by using the toe of one boot to hold down the heel of the opposite boot. It will start wearing the leather out and may even cause unsightly damage to the cowboy boots.


  • Store your cowboy boots in a dry place. You don’t want your cowboy boots to grow mold, which is why you should never store them somewhere that is too humid. You should also store them somewhere that will not cause odd creases to appear, making the boots look unappealing. If you have a dry place to store your boots, stuff paper or folded cardboard into the boots to help them keep their shape.


  • Don’t drag your feet. It’s important to pay attention to how you walk when wearing your cowboy boots. If you drag your feet when walking in your regular shoes you should put effort into not doing the same in your cowboy boots. Dragging your feet while walking can cause the soles to wear and may even cause you to trip and fall.


Now that you have learned how to take great care of your cowboy boots you can keep your new pair looking great for a long time!

We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable Cowboy boots, for those who are looking for boots that are both stylish and comfortable. We also have a large selection of exotic leather cowboy boots, including Elephant leather, Ostrich leather, Shark leather, Snake leather or Python leather, Caimen leather, and Stingray leather cowboy boots. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Do’s and Don’ts of Breaking in Boots

Is it really necessary to break in new work boots? The answer to that question is very simple; if you care about comfort, yes. When you break in a new pair of boots, the boots gradually conform to the shape of your feet. Most work boots will not fit your feet perfectly right out of the box. In this article, we will cover the Do’s and Don’ts of breaking in new work boots so that you can have the most comfortable boots possible.

Do – Make Sure the Boots Really Fit

Before you even begin breaking your new work boots in, make sure that the boots fit well. Don’t settle for a pair of work boots that didn’t fit right when you first tried them on. The boots should fit snug, but not too tight. If the boots are slipping off as you walk, the boots are too big.

Don’t – Overlook Pinches, Hot Spots, or Uncomfortable Areas

Work boots often run in different sizes depending on who designed them and what company manufactured it. Pay close attention to pinches, hot spots, and other uncomfortable areas when trying on your new work boots. If the issue is caused by the boot’s design, it will not fit any better once it’s broken in. If you’ve purchased your work boots from you can easily send us an email at or call us at (800) 972-7627 and request an RMA number. Once we receive your returned boots we can ship you the correct sized pair.

Do – Walk Around in Your Home

Breaking in new work boots takes time and patience. Some individuals think that rushing the process by involving heat or water, but that will actually damage your boots. You can, however, speed the break-in process along by wearing your boots and walking around your home. You can start by wearing your work boots only 10 minutes a day, gradually increasing the time you spend wearing them. Going through a full work day wearing non-broken-in work boots can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful.

Don’t – Use Water to Break In Boots

There’s a crazy rumor going around that submerging your work boots in water or filling the boots up with water will help you break them in. Leather can only handle a limited amount of moisture before it warps and changes shape. You could cause some serious damage to your brand new work boots if you try to use water to break them in.

Do – Apply Leather Conditioner

Leather conditioner can keep your boots looking great for longer. It can help you prevent over-drying and cracking, which would otherwise destroy the work boots. Not all boot material need leather conditioner. Check your boot’s care instructions before applying any products to your boots. When leather is conditioned it bends and moves easier. This will help the boot conform to the shape of your feet faster. Do not oversaturate the boots with conditioner.

Don’t – Apply Direct Heat to Break In Boots

There’s yet another rumor going around that baking boots or heating them up with a hairdryer speeds up the break-in process. Applying direct heat to leather will dry it out, cause it to crack, and will ruin your brand new pair of boots.

Do – Take Your Boots to Work

Once you’ve broken in your boots a bit, it’s time to wear them to work. Be sure to pay close attention to how comfortable (or uncomfortable) you are at this point. If your boots still don’t feel right you may want to continue breaking them in at home for a few more days. The more you wear your boots the more they will mold to your feet.

Don’t – Kick Off Your Boots

After a long day of work you may want to get home and kick off your work boots at the heel. Unfortunately, doing this every day can cause permanent damage to your boots. You’re better off taking your boots off by hand, which is easily done by loosening the laces.

Overall, purchase a comfortable pair of boots that give you the level of protection you need for your work environment. Be sure to break your boots in before wearing them for a full work-day. Always remember that the aforementioned “methods” of speeding up the break-in process will actually damage the boots, so you’re better off being patient and breaking them in the right way.


We at Coastal Boot understand how important safety is, which is why we offer a wide selection of work boots (including safety toe boots) that are both stylish and comfortable. We have brands such as Georgia Boot, Timberland, Caterpillar, Chippewa Boots, Dan Post Boots, Danner, Dr. Martens, Harley-Davidson, Iron Age, Keen, Thorogood, and many more. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

8 Ways Safety Boots Protect You

When you hear the words “work shoes” what is the first thing you think of? If you’re like most people your first thought is heavy-duty work boots, such as steel toe boots. These type of boots are designed with reinforced toes that help protect your feet from being crushed or severed by falling heavy objects and are required by employers at most industrial and construction worksites.

There are actually various types of shoes that exist, designed to keep you safe while you work, not just steel toe boots. Some boots have special soles to provided added traction while others provide better arch support or are designed to keep you from getting electrocuted. In order to find the right foot protection for your work environment, you’ll need to determine what type of risks you’ll be facing on a daily basis, such as slipping and falling or heavy objects. You should also ask your supervisor if there are specific safety shoes required for your job site.

While boots may not seem as critical to workplace safety as wearing protective gloves or eyewear, but they are. If you’re still not convinced that having the right work boots is important, here are some of the ways they can protect you:


  1. Protect you from Falling Heavy Objects

When workers have to carry heavy objects or work in an environment where various people, machines, and vehicles are moving around at once, falling objects are common hazards. Wearing steel toe boots can effectively prevent serious injuries to your toes.


  1. Protect you from Punctures

When working in an environment where sharp objects are common, such as construction sites, wearing safety boots is essential. It can prevent your feet from being punctured if you happen to accidentally step on a sharp object, such as a nail. A soft-soled shoe offers absolutely no protection from punctures.


  1. Protect you from cutting Hazards.

Workers who deal with machines that are sharp and have moving parts face serious cutting hazards. Those who work in the logging industry use chainsaws, which could cause catastrophic injury if it were to accidentally come in contact with someone’s foot. Logging boots, which are required by OSHA under standard 29 CFR 1910.266(d)(1)(v), are made with cut-resistant material in order to protect workers who use chainsaws. These type of boots are often waterproof or at least water repellant, and offer added ankle support.


  1. Protect you from Electrical Hazards

Workers who work with electricity cannot wear regular work boots. They have to be extra cautious in order to avoid electric shocks or the buildup of static electricity. In order to prevent electrical accidents, these workers have to wear non-conductive, or electrical hazard rated, work boots. Those type of boots are made from a combination of leather, rubber, and other materials that do not conduct electricity. Employees who work in environments where there may be a build-up of static must wear anti-static work boots.


  1. Prevents Trips, Slips, and Falls

Trips, slips, and falls can happen in any work environment. Some employers choose to install anti-slip floor tape in order to reduce the risk of workers slipping. Work boots equipped with slip resistant soles help prevent slip and fall accidents. Some work boots also have special treads and heels to help prevent falls from ladders.


  1. Prevents Fatigue

Workers who have to stand all day should wear appropriate footwear to prevent fatigue. Work boots that provide adequate cushioning and arch support can ensure workers are comfortable, alleviating strain on muscles. This will ensure employees are less fatigued and more alert, allowing them to do their jobs more safety. Wearing the proper work boots can also help prevent lower back pain caused by muscle strain.


  1. Prevents Burns

There are two types of burns a worker can suffer from in the workplace, those caused by fire and those caused by chemicals. Wearing the right work boots can help prevent these burns and will keep your feet safe while you work.


  1. Protect you from Extreme Weather

Workers who work in extremely cold conditions must wear the proper work boots or they may end up suffering from frost bite or hypothermia. Luckily there are insulated work boots that can help keep your feet warm even in the coldest weather. Some workers also have to deal with rain on a regular basis, which is why they should choose waterproof work boots.


Hopefully, after reading this post you’re now convinced that wearing proper work boots is important in order to avoid a hazard or injury.


We at Coastal Boot understand how important safety is, which is why we offer a wide selection of work boots (including safety toe boots) that are both stylish and comfortable. We have brands such as Georgia Boot, Timberland, Caterpillar, Chippewa Boots, Dan Post Boots, Danner, Dr. Martens, Harley-Davidson, Iron Age, Keen, Thorogood, and many more. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

Hiking Boots Shopping Guide

Choosing the perfect hiking boots can sometimes be a daunting task. The right hiking boots will match your hiking ambitions, will fit well, and are comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. In this article, we will walk you through some of the factors you should focus on when shopping for hiking boots. By the last paragraph you should be able to determine which hiking boots are right for your next adventure.


Types of Hiking Boots

Depending on whether you’re hiking through a state park or backpacking through the mountains you’ll need the right pair of hiking boots. Your hiking ambitions will help you determine what hiking boots are right for you. For example, if you’re going to be carrying light loads you may want to consider lighter footwear.


Hiking Shoes – Perfect for day hiking, hiking shoes are low-cut and are a favorite among ultralight backpackers.


Hiking Boots – Intended for weekend backpacking or day hikes. They can range from mid- to high-cut designs and require very little break-in time. Unfortunately, hiking boots are not made for long backpacking trips deep into the backcountry because they lack the support and durability found in backpacking boots.


Backpacking Boots – These boots are specially designed for those who are carrying heavier loads on long backpacking trips. Most backpacking boots are high-cut, providing added ankle support, and include stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear.


Hiking Boot Features

Hiking Boot Uppers


Hiking boots are come in a few different types of materials all of which will impact the boot’s weight, breathability, durability, and water resistance.


Full-grain Leather – Full-grain leather hiking boots are a favorite among hikers because it’s durable, offers excellent abrasion resistance and is water resistant. This material may require longer break-in time than alternative materials.


Split-grain Leather – Split-grain leather is often paired with nylon or nylon mesh in hiking boots and are often lightweight and breathable. Unfortunately, this material is less water resistant than full-grain leather.


Synthetics – Nylon, polyester, and other “synthetic leathers” are commonly found in hiking boots. This material is lighter than leather, but will wear much faster than full-grain leather. 


Waterproof – Waterproof hiking boots are often constructed with waterproof membranes (such as Gore-Tex) in order to keep your feet dry even in wet conditions.


Insulated – Synthetic insulation is included in some hiking boots to ensure that feet stay warm even when hiking on cold weather.



Hiking Boot Midsoles


Midsoles are added to hiking boots to protect feet when walking on rocky, uneven terrain. The most commonly used midsole materials are ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and polyurethane.


EVA – Midsoles use varying densities of Ethylene vinyl acetate to provide greater support where necessary.


Polyurethane – Midsoles that use polyurethane are more firm than EVA and are usually reserved for backpacking boots.



Hiking Boot Support Components


Shanks – Shanks are 3-5mm thick inserts that are positioned in between a boot’s midsole and outsole. There are two types of shanks, one covers the entire length of the midsole, while the other covers only half.


Plates – Plates are think, semiflexible inserts that are placed between the midsole and outsole (and below the shank if there is one). They help protect your feet from getting hurt my roots or uneven rocks in your path.



Hiking Boot Outsoles


All hiking boots have rubber outsoles. In order to choose the right hiking boots you’ll need to find a pair that have lug soles. Lug soles are thick rubber soles with deep indentations that help ensure better traction and stability. Widely spaced lugs offer the best traction.


Hiking Boot Fit Tips

If you’re on the market for hiking boots, the following tips will help you find the perfect pair:

Know your size. It’s best to have your feet measured at a shoe store. If you’re buying your boots online you can measure your foot length and use an online sizing chart to find a pair of boots in the right size.  


Avoid buying boots that are too small. After a long day of work feet will often swell a bit, which is why you should wait until the end of the day to try on and purchase boots. This will ensure that you are not purchasing boots that are too small.


Orthotics impact the fit of a boot. If you normally wear orthotics you should bring them with you when shopping around for a pair of hiking boots.


Wear the right pair of socks. You should be trying on your hiking boots wearing the same socks you would normally wear when you go hiking. If you wear socks that are thin you may end up with hiking boots that are too tight with the appropriate socks.


Walk around in the boots. When trying on hiking boots make sure you walk around the store a bit in them. If you feel an odd bump or seam, or feel some pinching in the forefoot, you should find another pair of boots.


Consider aftermarket orthotics. You can wear orthotics to help enhance comfort, support and fit.


Now you’re ready to go out and pick a pair of hiking boots that will match your hiking ambitions and will keep you comfortable even hiking through rough terrain.



We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of affordable hiking boots available for individuals who love adventure! Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website’s hiking boots page, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.

What Will a Manufacturer Warranty Cover?

When a customer purchases a pair of boots from a store (or online retailer) they expect that their new boots are going to live up to their expectations. The boots should fit well, be comfortable, and be free of defects. Most boot manufacturers will provide warranty to customers anywhere from 30 days to 365 days. If the boots were to have some sort of issue due to an error in the manufacturing process the customer can send the boots back to the manufacturer and the boots would either be fixed or replaced.

A warranty protects customers from purchasing products that are not up to expected manufacturing standards. If, for example, a customer bought a pair of boots 10 days ago and their soles are already coming off the manufacturer will need to warranty the boots. Unfortunately, there is some confusion between what is covered by a warranty and what isn’t. We are hoping this post will help clarify some of this confusion.


What is covered by Warranty?

The only issues covered by warranty are those that are caused by a manufacturing error. Manufacturers will repair or replace your boots as long as they are still within the warranty date. The best way to ensure that you’ll be able to benefit from the manufacturer warranty is to keep the original receipt. This will allow you to check whether or not you’re still within warranty and provide proof to the company. Warrantied products are replaced at the discretion of the manufacturer. Keep in mind that all boots will wear with time and manufacturers won’t cover regular wear and tear.


What is not covered by Warranty?

There are quite a few people who believe that a warranty works like an insurance policy, where if something is damaged it will be replaced immediately. The truth is, a warranty is nothing like an insurance. If it is not a manufacturer defect the manufacturer will not replace your boots simply because you damaged them or they have been worn down. Here are some examples of what is not covered by warranty:


  • Frayed webbing, worn stitching, and worn soles due to normal wear
  • Damage caused by polishes, oils, or other chemicals that were not recommended for treating or cleaning the boots
  • Damage caused by unauthorized alterations, repairs or modifications
  • Damage caused by pets (such as puppies chewing or cats clawing)
  • Burn marks, punctures, cuts, or abrasions caused by misuse and/or abuse by the wearer
  • Worn soles caused by chemicals that the boots were not resistant to
  • Uncomfortable boots or issues regarding fit
  • Frayed laces or eyelets falling off due to normal wear



Now that you understand what is or isn’t covered by manufacturer warranty you can buy your boots with confidence. If you have bought a pair of boots from Coastal Boot and they have a manufacturer defect please go to the returns page to get instructions on how to get them warrantied.


We at Coastal Boot have a wide selection of work boots that are both stylish and comfortable. We have a large selection of  such as Georgia Boot, Timberland, Caterpillar, Chippewa Boots, Dan Post Boots, Danner, Dr. Martens, Harley-Davidson, Iron Age, Keen, Thorogood, and many more. Give us a call today at 1 (800) 972-7627 to place an order over the phone or go to our website, and place your order online.  

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March 11, 2016 by Veronica S.