It is as if there were differences between well-fitting, supportive boots, and cheap bargain boots. You’ve probably been there, done that. If you have climbed the mountains, backpacked in the backcountry, or ventured into the endless rolling prairie, you know how crucial good boots are. You also know how important it is to have properly fitting boots that can withstand whatever you throw at them.
We aren’t trying to scare anyone; we tell it as it is. We put so much effort into boot selection. Meindl boots should fit your feet, lifestyle, and needs. Choose boots as a matchmaking exercise that will meet your expectations, plans, and needs. It is a personal decision. Everyone’s feet are unique, so it may not work for everyone. You may not be able to do the same for your friend. It is best to start from the beginning. You could begin by jumping on the right foot.
Type of terrain and location -Meindl Boots are designed for specific purposes. While all boots can be used for multiple purposes, your shoes must match the intended purpose of your chosen boot. It is best to select boots most suitable for the intended purpose. It’s better to have only a few shoes. This is quite obvious when you stop and think about it. Different boots are required for Elk hunting in Colorado and Alaska, sheep hunting, and upland hunting in Kansas. Are you going to be climbing up steep rocky mountainsides? Climbing? Sidehilling? Get all the support for your ankles. Will you be running miles in the woods, prairie, or both? Boots specifically designed for the task will make you more comfortable and confident.
Weather conditions This is where you start to talk about insulated or uninsulated boots, outsole configurations, and other considerations. The temperature, weather conditions, year, and other factors all play a role. Make sure you have enough shoes. What might be the worst conditions you could face, and what might your boots have to cope with? Although a bowhunter will likely experience different problems than a rifle hunter, he might be in unpredictable weather. This doesn’t even include December and the later seasons.
Flex use/durability/activity – Now we’re getting into specific use and the types and amount of use (to learn more about how Meindl rates our boots and the rating for each boot, visit our Flex-Use Rating page for more information). A sheep guide who spends the whole hunting season on steep slopes and shale fields will need very sturdy, supportive, and durable boots. They are more likely to withstand the harsh conditions than a weekend hunter, only doing a few significant yearly hunts. This warning is necessary. Boot selection is a must for weekend hunters and occasional hunters. It does not take long before sore feet or injuries can ruin a weekend hunt or day.
Boot specificationsThis is where Meindl boots truly shine in meeting different preferences and needs. This includes internal factors like fit, comfort, and components. It also provides height and weight, lacing, and construction. Will you be likely to use crampons to get to where you want? All of this is taken into account.
Once you have completed these steps, it is time to choose the right boot style. Fit is something we often talk about, but it is vital. You’re asking for trouble if you need a better fit. Who needs problems when you are far from civilization or in the backcountry? Boots have many options, and they are all made from different lasts. This is the foot-shaped mold bootmakers use to make boots. Boots made with one last might not fit as well as boots made with another previous. A Brannock device is an excellent way to measure your feet for arch, length, and width. Ask for BOTH feet’ measurements at a shoe or boot shop. It’s normal to have different feet. You can purchase boots that fit your larger feet if you have this problem. Have your feet measured. (Once again, go to a Brannock store.) Note the measurements. We can then proceed. For more information, visit our Meindl Size page.