At Bass Pro Shops we can help you find the style right for you. Stop by our Footwear department and let our knowledgeable associates answer all your questions and help you get the right footwear and the right fit. Here are some things to consider when purchasing your next outdoor footwear.
Basic footwear styles are built for specific conditions and activities. . . . .
- Rugged Footwear: Long-wearing hunting or upland field boots, made to handle extremes of weather and terrain. Both insulated and non-insulated styles are available.
- Rubber Bottom Footwear: For hunting in marshes or wet conditions, these waterproof, scent-free boots have no equal. Ideal for many other activities as well. Heavily insulated "pac boots" shine in cold snowy conditions.
- Hikers/Trail Shoes: Designed for lightweight, long-wearing comfort and support to help you negotiate challenging outdoor terrains, Non-insulated.
- Workboots/shoes: Where ever today's busy workplaces can dish out, this rugged footwear can take it. Most styles have steel toes for protection and slip-resistance outsoles to guard against falls. Very supportive.
- Athletic Shoes: For indoor/outdoor sports and physical training, as well as all-around active wear, these lightweight styles offer superior support, comfort and traction.
- Boat Shoes: Much needed traction for wet surfaces. Some styles feature classic leather uppers; others, the latest quick drying materials. For fishing and marine use.
- Mocs/Clogs/Slippers: Casual, easy-wearing knockabouts. The ideal choice for campsite, home, lounging.
- Sandals: When hot weather hits, these wide-open styles keep feet cool, yet protected form surface dangers.
- Dress/Casual Shoes: From the office to the patio, these styles are built to make you look good, with premium leathers and classic comfortable styling.
Premium Features: Some things to look for that will impact overall comfort durability and support....
- Waterproofing: Many styles, from hunting boots to dress shoes, are designed to keep moisture from entering the interior of your footwear. This translates to increased comfort and warmth for your feet-although it will add significantly to the price. If you will be spending time outdoors in any weather, you'll probably want waterproof footwear.
- Moisture Wicking/Breathability: Dry feet are comfortable feet. Some footwear fabrics greatly reduce the clamminess and discomfort caused by perspiration dampness. Moisture-wicking fabrics pull perspiration away from foot and toward outer fabric surface, where evaporation occurs naturally.
- Insulation/Temperature Regulation: Cold weather calls for insulated footwear. The amount of thermal protection varies greatly, so you'll need to evaluate your needs and compare several styles. From comparison, some insulating materials are rated by weight per square meter; thus, a hunting boot with "1000 gram insulation" would have about 5 times the insulating power of a similar boot with "200 gram insulation." Some footwear (primarily hunting boots) is available with temperature regulating insulation, fabrics designed to store your natural body heat then release it back as conditions dictate. Though pricey, temperature regulating footwear may be a good option for 3-season use.
- Scent Control: Again, mostly in hunting boots; some styles are designed to inhibit the release of human scent, in order to keep sharp-nosed game from detecting you. Field reports indicate that this membrane-based technology is very effective. Pricey, yes- but it's a great feature for the stand hunter!
- Traction/Support: Generally, the softer the sole the deeper its pattern, the better the traction due to its greater gripping surface. Some hunting boots and hikers feature "self-cleaning" soles, designed to shed mud and debris so as to retain their gripping power. many styles feature dual-density outsoles and /or multilayer midsoles, which offer combinations of specialized materials that add extra cushioning, shock absorption, torsional stability and arch support, or antibacterial protection. Styles with steel or fiberglass shanks in the footbed, plus rigid molded lasts at the back and sides of the foot, deliver sturdy, long-term support all around.
Specialized Material: Fabrics and sole material used in high-performance footwear. . . .
- Blown rubber - Air impregnated rubber used in outsoles. 40% lighter than solid rubber; excellent traction and cushioning.
- Cambrelle - Soft, breathable, moisture-wicking nylon used in linings and footbeds.
- Cordura - High-denier, printable nylon developed especially for rugged use. Extreme abrasion resistance; holds camo patterns well.
- Dri-Lex - 3-layer lining material designed to maximize air circulation. Breathable, moisture wicking, self ventilating.
- Full-grain leather - Full-hide thickness. Tough, strong, waterproof in the outer layer.
- GORE-TEX - 100% waterproof, breathable membrane.
- GORE-TEX Supprescent - 100% waterproof, breathable membrane that won't transmit scent.
- Suede - Leather in which the fibers have been buffed down to a velvety finish.
- Thinsulate Insulation - Lightweight, low-loft heat-retaining material. Delivers maximum insulating power per gram of weight.
- Vibram - High-strength molded outsole material; noted for traction and durability.