26 Oct

Drew’s Western Handmade Boots

At Drew’s, we know that the boots you wear are an important part of your lifestyle, and we believe in offering our customers the best quality products and professional service around. Drew’s has been in the boot making business for nearly 100 years. Let our years of experience in the industry assure you that you’ll get the best advice about fit, style, and quality.

So what makes Drew’s boots different or worth the investment? – Quality the lasts. Nowadays, it can be difficult to find manufacturers who source high-quality leathers, build their boots by hand, and take pride in the materials and the craftsmanship that goes into producing their products. Most machine-made boots are made with some variation of a paper or cardboard insole, plastic welts or midsoles, and minimal or no arch support. Boots made to these standards are likely to fall apart quickly and are unable to be repaired or resoled. All of our handmade boots at Drew’s are designed to benefit your feet and offer the support they need for a hard day’s work. Aside from the double ribbed steel shank, our Drew’s handmade western boots are an all-leather construction. They can be re-soled and re-welted when the time comes, and most of our customers have had their boots for several years.

One of the most differentiating features of Drew’s is the high arch construction. They are designed to support the foot in a way that reduces fatigue on the feet, legs and back, while aligning your body. A high arch substantially reduces the pressure that is put on the ball and heel areas by redistributing your weight evenly throughout the entire foot. For those who like a higher heel to ride in, you may find that many other boot brands leave you feeling like your weight is being shifted forward, making them both unstable and uncomfortable to walk and work in. The high arch in our boots help combat this issue by balancing out the higher heel with the high arch construction, preventing your weight from being thrown forward. Our tall top buckaroo styles have been our best sellers for this reason, and we try to keep our most popular styles and sizes in stock.

Our boots can be made to your individual specifications if you require custom sizing, custom leg patterns, or just a custom look. Build times vary depending on time of year, leather availability and custom options, however they generally hover around the 8-10 week mark.
You can be fit for our boots locally, at our store in Eugene, Oregon. In December, we will be heading to Las Vegas during the NFR. Stop by our booth at Cowboy Christmas in the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out our custom handmade boot selection and get fit up in person! You will also find us in Denver at the National Western Stock Show in January.

If you need to be sized remotely, we regularly fit people through measurements and tracings. (Click here to find our fitting guide and fit kit.) For any assistance on custom ordering or sizing help, give us a call at 1-800-722-0393 and one of our customer service representatives would be more than happy to offer assistance.

2 May

Smokejumper by White’s Boots

For firefighters nothing is more important than a quality pair of wildland fire boots. White’s Boots set the standard for footwear in the forest industry, and even today the Smokejumper is one of the most well-known fire boots out there.

Most footwear provides minimal arch support, which allows for your arches to collapse once you apply pressure on your feet by standing, causing severe foot discomfort and in some cases more permanent damage. With White’s arch ease design, pioneered by Otto White, your foot is cradled in comfort. Their high arch technology doesn’t allow your arches to flatten and collapse. It’s been imitated by virtually every boot manufacturer in the world, but when it comes to the quality of materials and care in craftsmanship, there is no virtually comparison. (Click here to take a look at the anatomy and construction on the smokejumper.) Its unsurpassed heritage has spread from wildland fire fighters to hunters, construction workers to truckers, and others who live in their boots and expect the very best. Their hand sewn, stitch down construction provides flexibility and comfort that cannot be achieved any other way. If you want the original work boot that you can repair, rebuild and last for years White’s Smokejumper wild land fire boots are there for you. We carry a large selection of sizes and widths in stock; call 1-800-722-0393 for a fitting expert.

Do you require NFPA Approval?
The Smokejumper is built standard in a 10” height, with black smooth leather, and a Vibram 100 Lug sole marked with a red X which signifies a fire resistant sole. The smokejumper meets or exceeds requirements of NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, when built to this configuration. Alterations can be made on custom orders but it may no longer meet NFPA requirements, depending on the changes made. Most custom builds will require a build time of approximately 4-8 weeks depending on how long you wait to place to get you order in. With fire season just around the corner, our phones are already ringing with boot orders, so don’t wait! Call and speak to one of our customer service representatives today, and we can help get you into a boot that best suits your needs, or help with any fitting questions you may have. Your feet will thank you.