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.

26 Oct

Lowa Boots: New to Our Website

New to our Drew’s site are these European made Lowa Boots. Lowa’s are known around the world for being both light and comfortable, but right here at Drew’s they are a store favorite. These boots are newly available on our website, however we have carried Lowa boots for years in our store and in our sister store, Baker’s Shoes & Clothing in Eugene, Oregon. (Click here to view an expanded selection of Lowa boot styles.) If you’re a hiker, backpacker, or hunter you’ve probably heard of Lowa Boots. Based in Germany, they have been making boots for more than 90 years and really know their stuff when it comes to boots for the outdoors. No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you enjoy Lowa has a perfect boot, from boots designed for people carrying heavy loads like backpackers or hunters, to all-weather boots for wet or dry climates. They can go on any terrain everything from hiking trails in the coastal range here in Oregon to backpacking up the South Sister which is famous for it’s rocky terrain and scree. Lowa boots are famous for their patented Gore-Tex® lining that makes boots waterproof and a special polyurethane midsole that’s way tougher than other materials on the market.

The Lowa Renegade GTX

The LOWA Renegade is one of our most popular hiking boots. It’s available in a Mid or Lo so you can choose which height you need depending on the terrain or if you enjoy moderate-to-difficult hikes or lighter trail hiking. The Monowrap construction will offer extra support, Nubuck leather uppers and Gore-Tex® lining will keep your feel nice and dry, while all of the in-boot climate control features that Lowa is famous for makes this boot breathable.

The Lowa Ronan GTX (for Women)

The Lowa Ronan GTX model is popular with the women who come into our shop. It’s a great crossover boot whether you’re doing some moderate trail hiking, or backpacking in rougher areas. The leather upper combined the waterproof Gore-Tex® liner give you plenty of waterproof protection, but Lowas are also designed to breathe and they have a climate control system so all that protection doesn’t keep heat in. It’s a great multi-season boot and will take you into spring or even summer, with great color options that appeal to many of our female customers.

The Lowa Hunter

Lowa’s classic backpacking boots are made for on- and off-trail use with heavy 50- to 60- pound packs for extended trips in the back country. Handcrafted construction, the finest leathers, Vibram outsoles, and SPS (Supination Pronation Support) midsole technology, are just some of the reasons why Lowa is the boot of choice for rugged, off-trail adventure. This boot provides excellent ankle support for climbing steep hillsides and traversing rugged terrain. Gore-Tex® waterproof lining keeps feet warm and dry. The Hunter is a taller, 10″ version of the Tibet GTX. The Lowa Hunter is the most supportive footwear we have found. The rigid footbed keeps your heel from pronation and supenation a technical term for rolling your heels out or in. As well the ventilation system on the collar is unique and allows your feet to breathe as you walk. The rubber rand around the boot is hand lasted protecting the leather from rocks and debris.

The Lowa Tibet GTX

I recommend the Lowa Tibet GTX for men, or the Tibet GTX (Ws) for women, to my most hardcore hunter and backpacker customers. They are designed to carry a load as big as you can carry and have a rating of 50+ pounds. The ankle support and 9” upper will keep you safe even on uneven ground. They are perfect for those die hard folks, Oregonians in particular. They can take you through even the most extreme weather conditions with the Gore-Tex® lining on the inside that keeps your feet bone dry. They are also cooling because of the internal climate control system that lets air in but pushes heat and sweat out, so you can stay cool in the summer and in the winter all you need is a pair of good socks like the FITS Sock, Ballston Wool Socks, or Darn Tough Socks to keep warm.

The Lowa Baffin Pro

The Baffin Pro is great for both men and women and is essentially a non-Gore-Tex® version of the Lowa Tibet GTX. Just like the Tibet GTX, it’s great for extreme terrain, on and off the trail, but is best in dry climates. Even in extreme heat the wearer’s feet stay cool because of the internal climate control system. It’s got self-cleaning lugs in the sole that make the traction the best it can be over all kinds of surfaces.

 

These boots are pretty much the best for hiking, backpacking, and hunting that you can find. They’re designed for enthusiasts and are super heavy-duty. If you have any questions or want to check on the in-store availability of our favorite Lowa boots, give us a call at 1-800-722-0393.

Thank you for shopping at Drew’s!

 

8 Sep

Oregon Trail Boot Wax

If you’ve ever noticed that your boot oil or wax has a strong odor there is likely a reason; most are made with harsh chemicals and petroleum distillates or animal fats that can be harmful to the stitching and overtime will ruin the integrity of the leather. Additionally, these strong odors are not conducive to hunting as the unnatural scents can disrupt big game hunting.

In an effort to provide our customers with a product better suited to meet their needs we decided to make it ourselves. Oregon Trail boot wax is made here in our Eugene, Oregon in the back of our store, using a unique and innovative method to melt and dispense the wax. This all-natural product was originally developed for the severe conditions in the Northwest, but is quickly gaining popularity among firefighters, loggers, ranchers, and hunters. Oregon Trail boot wax provides the best protection available, using only natural ingredients with a beeswax base to help restore and preserve the leather, while repelling outside elements. We know your boots are expensive and we want to help you get the most life out of your leather goods.

Oregon Trail wax is offered in 4oz and 8oz sizes. It readily absorbs into any kind of leather, stays absorbed in the leather longer than other treatments, and will not harm glued-on rubber rand or boot stitching. Application is simple and straightforward: apply the wax by hand or with a brush or cloth, allow some time to absorb into the leather, and then wipe off the excess. (No heat is required.) Repeat as needed when the leather becomes discolored or dry areas are observed in the leather. As with any leather protector or oil based product, it will darken the appearance of the leather.

About this product:
• Repels water better
• Restores dry leather to a soft condition and keeps it protected for the future
• Helps prevent premature cracking in flex areas
• Contains no harmful silicone or petroleum
• Is odorless before and after applied (important to those who hunt)
• Applies easily with a clean cloth or dabber brush
• Penetrates deeply into leather
• Will darken the leather