John Calden Boots

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Mountain Hiking Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars These boots are great for on-trail or off-trail hiking. I hike in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado in and around Durango and Silverton. I have never found a satisfactory pair of store bought boots. The most common problems have been heel slippage and black/blue toes. A friend of mine suggested that I contact John Calden. He  works out of Estes Park, Colorado, which is a short drive from Denver. I made an appointment with John at his workshop. He took a very careful measurement of each… Full review

Mountain Hiking Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars Beautiful, comfortable, well made custom boots. My wife took delivery of her boots late in 2015 and I've waited until she had a chance to wear them for a few months before writing this review. My wife has bunions and has never been able to find mass produced boots or shoes that comfortably fit her feet.  She loves the boots John made for her and highly recommends his boots. Though not inexpensive, this is a great option for people with hard to fit feet or those who desire a premium pair of hiking… Full review

Mountain Hiking Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars There are very few craftsmen left in the world who can make a boot like John Calden. If you do a lot of backcountry hiking, your feet deserve a pair of these boots. I have kind of unusual feet. I wear a size 11, but my foot is very low volume. I have struggled with blisters for almost 30 years with store bought boots. I finally decided to find a craftsman out there to make me a pair of custom boots. I found John Calden after extensive research. I only wish I had found him earlier. He is one of a… Full review

Mountain Hiking Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect fit from day 1 for hard to fit feet. Never a sore spot. No toe jam on descending. Really really great boot. Worth the wait and the money as I don't think I will need another boot ever. Full review

Mountain Hiking Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had my Calden Boots for three seasons now, and about 500 miles later, I absolutely love, love these boots! They are the most comfortable and durable boots I've ever owned. It is obvious John took much time and consideration in making my boots, the fit couldn't be better. I have hiked up to 20 miles in one day, and yes my feet are tired but I couldn't have done this in store bought boots. These boots have allowed me to continue long hikes.   Another thing I noticed is I don't get pain in my… Full review

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John Calden has been hand making footwear since 1970. He makes custom boots for walking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.


John Calden Boots
P.O. Box 2523
Estes Park, CO 80517

phone: (970) 214-8473