User Review: Van Gorkom Women's Custom Hiking Boots
Use: rough trail w/heavy pack, mountain hiking, I even wore them to work!
Break-in Period: one week of constant wear, to work, on weekends, on walks with my dog
Weight: about 2.5 lbs per boot
Price Paid: $540
I have been hiking for nine years on various backcountry terrains and always have had difficulty with fit and comfort. Even if I break in a pair of boots I have left every trip with bloody, blister covered feet. I know...a pleasant thought. ;-)
I have narrow heels, an average toe box, flat feet (which I use orthodics for), and I have broken my toes several times, and sprained my ankles more times than I can count.
After literally spending seven hours at various camping/hiking stores and trying on 50-70 pair of boots (this is not an exaggeration!) I still couldn't find a perfect fit. I had the top salespeople helping me, adapting the tongue, socks, using inserts, trying different lacing techniques, still...no luck. So the salesman at one store said I have hard to fit feet...I need custom boots.
I contacted Charles Van Gorkom and after questioning him on his experience and techniques, I decided to pay for custom-made boots.
I made a few payments (it all had to be paid before delivery) to spread out the cost. He sent me a measurement kit and called me to clarify a few things as he constructed my boots.
I broke my boots in like always and after hiking five days...I wanted to continue forever! I decided I LOVE MY BOOTS! Some girls love clothes, some jewelry, I love my custom made Van Gorkom boots.
If you have a hard time finding the right fit...these boots are well worth the cost. They are quality and will last forever.
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