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only store. BIG BLACK BOOTS has been here on the web selling boots
since long before the internet became trendy.
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|Latest Boot News
19 April, 2014
9 April 19:00 PST / 10 April 02:00 GMT: Our ISP has completed their security audit
and notified us that they have never used the versions of SSL which contained the
9 April - 01:00 PST / 08:00 GMT: You may have heard of the serious security vulnerability
which compromised secure web communications on some web sites.
The existence of this vulnerability was announced on Monday.
We have completed
testing using tools designed to check for the Heartbleed vulnerability and also did
overall security audits of
the SSL software used to make our secure web connections.
We're happy to report that www.boot.com, this website, does not have this vulnerability. Our
ISP is conducting an audit to see if any of the vulnerable SSL versions were used
in the past. We have also run the SSL vulnerability audits on our credit card
processor's website and our bank's website and are happy to report that they also do not have
the Heartbleed vulnerability.
Many news reports of this serious problem neglect to say that this programing error
exists only on the affected web servers themselves, not on personal computers.
This is not something which has or will infect your own home computer. It is not a virus.
It is a software error which exists only
on some web server computers which store web pages.
However, anyone who discovered
this error before it was reported Monday could have used it to read
some data in some parts of the computer memory on
some web servers. What is NOT known is whether any such exploitations actually happened before the
existence of this serious problem was announced and a software fix was released later the
same day. And some sites have not yet installed the software patch to fix this error.
26 March 2014: We have moved our web site and email accounts to a new provider to get more
reliable service. From your standpoint everything's the same... website address,
email addresses, etc. It just works more reliably and without lost or bounced emails!
We've also made every page of the website secure, like Google has,
to provide a more secure browsing experience to everyone who visits.
Previously our order forms were secure but information pages weren't.
Now, when you connect to our website, the entire session is encrypted.
Click on the padlock symbol above on the left of our web address to see
our security credentials. You can also click on the GeoTrust icon.
However, if you still use Microsoft's old Internet Explorer 8 browser or
an earlier version, it will erroneously report that our site is not secure.
You can tell it to connect anyway but it will not make a secure connection.
The solution is to use a REAL browser. Fortunately that means ANY other
up to date browser!
These all work correctly and are FREE!
- 25 March: Wesco's production time for custom orders
is currently about 12 weeks.
Rush orders, for which Wesco charges an additional $125, now take about 6 weeks.
The extreme drought conditions throughout North America,
particularly in the western US, foretell a rough season ahead.
Good that we have nearly
every size of the Wesco Firestormer and Cosmas Hercules V2 wildland fire boots in stock
and ready to ship today.
Both types of boots are certified to the current NFPA Wildland Fire specifications.
Click on their photos to the right to learn more about each boot.
If you need a custom size Wesco Firestormer or a version with
options such as steel toes or extra height, we recommend you order before the seasonal rush in
the spring and summer. Wesco takes about 13 weeks to build a pair to your specifications
and the base price is only $12 more than the stock boots. During the summer, Wesco's
production time can stretch to 4-5 months when orders for Fire and Lineman boots come in.
for the current North American wildland fire map showing Canada, USA and Mexico.
for the latest North American drought map.
The Cosmas Hercules V2 wildland fire boots have been very popular over the
last few fire seasons with firefighters who work in mountainous and hilly terrain.
These are new, high tech, NFPA Certified wildland fire boots based on contemporary hiking /
backpacking / mountaineering boots. They've proven popular with wildland fire
fighters on the west coast of the US and Canada. But we've also shipped these all over the
world including Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Wildland fire fighters often work in hilly and
mountainous terrain and appreciate the features these new boots provide.
The Cosmas Hercules boots have received great reviews by wildland fire fighters who've
been wearing them since the 2008 fire season.
These boots live a double life. The same great bootmaking skills which produced
these fine boots make them perfect for the hiking, backpacking and mountaineering
tasks they were originally designed to do before they were equipped for fire fighting.
You don't need to be a wildland fire fighter to appreciate these great boots.
Our Cosmas Hercules boot page
shows availability and is updated frequently.
10 January: Dehner's production time for custom boots is currently about 10-12 weeks.
Orders for stock boots not on the shelf are averaging 8-10 weeks. Production times will
increase in the spring and summer as motor patrol units take to the highways and order
Grinders US distributor has shut its doors and we can no longer get Grinders.
So we're slowly running out of sizes. We're looking for another 14-hole and 20-hole
ranger boot to takes its place. If you have suggestions, please email us.
On the bright side, we bought their remaining stock of 14-hole and 20-hole
black Grinders boots. We have lots of stock in sizes 8 through 12 and also have
some stock in the previous shiny leather as well as the current oil-tanned / greasy
leather. We will shortly update our Grinders pages to show what sizes are still available in the
oil-tanned and shiny leather versions of these boots.
- Our Wesco "Special" 16" Boss engineer boots are now available at Off Ramp
Leathers in Palm Springs, California. Off Ramp Leathers is conveniently located at 650 E. Sunny Dunes
a few blocks south of E. Arenas and less than a block east of S. Palm Canyon Drive
next to the Tool Shed.
There's ample parking for cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Off Ramp Leathers has a world wide
reputation for producing the highest quality custom leathers.
Our Wesco boots are a perfect complement to their excellent leathers.
Mid sizes are kept in stock at their store... no waiting.
Check our visitor's map at the bottom of this page. People all over the world like our boots.
Click here to see
where we have already shipped our boots.
Wesco has a line of Electrical Hazard lineman boots. These "EH" lineman
boots provide protection against electrical hazard and feature the spacious new composite safety
toes. These are excellent boots and are available with the traditional logger heel
or a lower heel. These boots are kept in stock in both the Brown and
Black Oil tanned leather. They can also be custom made to order.
Click here to see these new boots.
We've re-done our page on Wesco sole options to include the new
Vibram soles now available. We've also added more information about each sole.
Major updates have been made to our Wesco Boss and Wesco Motor Patrol Boot pages.
We've added new sole options, new heel options, new leather choices and new leather lining option.
There are now more sizes when these boots are ordered with the low heel options.
There are four last options so you can adjust the look
of the toes and the height of the heels.
We have a multi-language boot and
leather dictionary to help
those whose primary language is not English.
The goal is to provide translations for boot terminology which might not be included
in language dictionaries. We have translations into: French, German, Spanish,
Chinese, Italian and Japanese.
(français, Deutsch, Español, Chinese / 中文, Italien, Japanese / 日本語)
We can now have the stock/ready-to-wear Dehner Motor Patrol boots made entirely
from Dehner's excellent Black "Voyager" cowhide leather. This is a special order
which takes about 10-12 weeks and costs $70 more than the standard stock boots.
They are made to the same dimensions and pattern as the standard stock boots.
We're also happy to report that we can now supply the Dehner ready to wear Motor
Patrol boots with Vibram lug soles. The Vibram sole option costs $52.
Dehner Motor Patrol Boots with the optional Vibram sole are not kept in stock.
So this is a special order
boot which takes up to 10-12 weeks to make up. Cost is the same as a standard, stock
Motor Patrol boot plus $52 for the Vibram soles.
We also updated our Dehner stock Motor Patrol boot page with expanded information on
sizing. The size chart now shows, for each combination
of foot size and width, the
height of that boot, the max calf size and the max heel measurement which will fit into that size boot.
The information is shown in inches and also in centimeters.
Any of the Wesco boots can be made with the leather reversed... rough side out.
There is no cost for this option.
Wesco has added many new options for their custom boots. If you know of an option
you'd like which isn't shown on our order form, please put a note in the remarks on your order.
Contrary to rumor, the anti-gravity option will not be available
finds then tames the Higgs boson.
Wesco has introduced a new leather option for people who want to polish their boots.
Click here for details.
Wesco is once again offering the light tan "Burlap Explorer" and now have a shiny Burgundy
leather as well. Click here for more
information about leather choices.
UK customers... you're still stuck with ParcelFarce but we can always ship your
boots professionally using FedEx. Do let Messrs. Cameron & Clegg know what you
think of privatisation (good luck with that!).
Imagine if the entire Royal Mail was run by ParcelFarce! - OMG! It now is.
So sorry Brits... don't let the government get near the internet or they'll try
to sell that off too.
We've updated several articles in our Boot FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
Lot's of useful information about the care and feeding of boots. There's even one titillating
article which shows
how to discipline your boots. Now that's a novel concept.
Good news for Australians. Imported items costing less than AU$1,000 are
admitted duty and tax free. No GST! Full details at the Australian Customs Service
Wesco has an exclusive distributor in Japan who handles all orders shipped to Japan.
So we can no longer
ship Wesco boots to Japan. However we still sell all other products to our valued customers in Japan.
Japan is the only place subject to this restriction... we continue to sell Wesco boots to all
Ever wonder why the soles don't fall off your boots once the sole stitching starts
to wear through? You can find the answer to this burning question on
our Boot FAQ page.
The page is filled with erudite and thought provoking replies to the many questions
we get about our boots and makes for a compelling read. Don't miss the link to
the John Galsworthy essay on Quality at the end of the FAQ
Click here to see why soles don't fall off.
The weak dollar has meant that our customers around the world have been
able to buy our great boots at bargain prices.
Now that casino banking has spread depression through the whole world, the US dollar
has somehow stabilized against the Euro, the Pound Sterling and other currencies.
But our boots are still a bargain if you live outside of the United States.
Our $407 Wesco Boss Engineer boots would have cost €492 at the 26 October 2000 exchange rate.
That same pair of boots would cost about €300 or £248 now!
- Questions about boots or how to care for them? Check our boot FAQ (frequently
asked questions) page for answers. Click here: BOOT FAQ
- If you'd like a bit more room in the toe area of your Wesco boots there are a
couple of options:
- Consider ordering the steel or composite safety toes.
Steel toes often get a bad rap for cramping your toes because they take up space in the
toe of the boots. Not with Wesco boots! Wesco uses special roomier steel toes imported from Europe.
In the mid range sizes and widths, these actually have roomier toes than boots without steel toes.
The composite toes are slightly roomier than the steel toes and look more bulky... though they
are lighter than the steel toes.
- The older Wesco boots used to be made with a last which had a roomier toe.
Wesco switched to a "dressier" last with a sleeker toe profile when they had problems
getting new supplies of that traditional last.
Wesco has now been able to have more of their traditional lasts
made for them in most of their size range.
We use this traditional last for all of our custom boots orders unless you prefer
the new, sleeker last. We also use this traditional "bump toe" last on the
16" inch Wesco Boss boots with two top straps which we keep in stock.
Read more about the traditional last in our boot FAQ here
Dehner Custom Made Motor Patrol Boots
See our page devoted to the Dehner Custom Made to measure motor patrol boots.
Click here to see them.
These boots are custom made to your measurements and specifications and are available
in a selection of leather types and colors and with a variety of options which are
not available on the stock motor patrol boots.
Dehner's stock or "ready to wear" Motor Patrol boots are now available with a plain
dress instep. This used to be available only on custom made to measure boots. Click
here for more information and pictures.
- Dehner has a good supply of the ready to wear Motor Patrol boots in stock.
If you'd like a custom made to measure pair of Dehner Motor Patrol boots,
click here. For Equestrian, RCMP "Mountie" boots or A&M Senior boots,
please drop us an email at
and we can discuss details with you.
We Accept Multiple Currencies:
BIG BLACK BOOTS is a Verified PayPal Global merchant.
Our prices are stated in U.S. $ - we accept many other currencies from
customers who use PayPal for payments. The complete list of
currencies is shown here.
Of course, you can also use a credit card based in any currency and can always use US dollars
for your PayPal payment.
If you select payment using PayPal we'll email you a
PayPal invoice in the currency you choose after reviewing and confirming your order.
When you click on the invoice it takes you to the PayPal
web site and fills out all information needed to make your payment.
It may be more advantageous for you to pay in dollars than your own currency.
Details are discussed on our ordering information page.
Click here to see how you can pay for your order.
for information about shipping.
Boot / Jacket Information and Prices:
Many of our boots are made to order, but we carry stock in many popular styles.
Boots which are in stock can be shipped soon after we get your order.
Here are the boots which are normally in stock:
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Let us know where in the world you are (so we know your time zone) and also let us know
if there is a preferred local time to call you.
If you need to send us a fax, please email us and we'll arrange to receive your fax.
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It is our order processing office.
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