Van Gorkom

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Custom Hiking Boots

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Crotchety old man. The service is the worst. When I placed an order he sent a kit. I sent the kit back. He whined that I put too much water on the paper, then punished me by increasing the price three times what he originally quoted. The boots are no better than what I can buy at Target Full review

Custom Hiking Boots

rated 5 of 5 stars The quality of these boots are matched by Charles' ability to fit people that can't find comfortable hiking boots. High quality, well made boots that fit right out of the box. Fit ---Perfect fit right out of the box and my feet are never comfortable in store bought shoes. In my case, there was not a boot company that makes hiking boots narrow enough for me. ---The lacing system really holds your foot in place where most shoes feel like they don't fit correctly and your foot slides around in the… Full review

Custom Hiking Boots

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Significantly overpriced for moderate quality fit and not very durable. Many would have better results by putting orthotic inserts in an average hiking boot. They probably would achieve equal (or better) fit, and durability. This is an example where the price you pay does not necessarily translate to "getting what you pay for." The fitting is done by mail. This is not like a mail order shoe company where you can just send them back for a full refund and order a different size. For this price, a… Full review

Custom Hiking Boots

rated 5 of 5 stars The best footwear I have ever owned. After years of various orthotics and custom boots that never fit properly, I had developed ingrown toenails, hammer toes, and was on the verge of being crippled. After a year of wearing only Van Gorkom boots my feet have started to heal and I am now able to hike over any terrain. Full review

Custom Hiking Boots

rated 1.5 of 5 stars My Van Gorkom boots have failed to address the issues related to my narrow feet. I have had a very painful experience with them on multi-day backpacking trips. I am sorry to report that after several years of trying to make them work, I am giving up on them. I purchased a pair of Van Gorkom custom boots in November 2005 after a long search to find hiking boots that would fit my narrow feet. In my experience, my Van Gorkom boots have worked fine for day hikes, but that is about all I can say in their… Full review

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Backstory

Using techniques rooted in old European tradition, Charlie Van Gorkom makes all leather custom hiking boots.

Van Gorkom Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Treat Your Feet to a Pair of Custom Hiking Boots
How often do you buy a new pair of hiking boots? What if you could buy a pair of boots that would last 25 or 30 years? That's one of several reasons some people choose to have their boots custom-made. Read more
November 16, 2011

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Van Gorkom Custom Boots
#18-9265 George Frontage Road
Telkwa, BC V0J 2X2
Canada

phone: (250) 847-0412

website: www.hikingbootshandcrafted.com
email: vangorkomboots@gmail.com