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Old 09-13-2021, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default Any of you wear low-top boots (@8') to hunt with?

I've got big calves and short legs.

Most boots on the market these days fit snug around my calves with early fall socks. Very snug with cold weather socks. Difficult to put on and take off. The tops also have a tendency to rub the back of my knee area. Uncomfortable to say the least, especially on long walk-in's and during scouting. Even sitting can get uncomfortable.

Started looking at Muck and LaCrosse brands 8' boots. But I've never hunted with anything that short before. Felt kinda weird to try them on in the store. I don't know where it came from, but I was taught long ago to wear regular height rubber boots for hunting. Wondering if anyone uses these and can give me some pros / cons to wearing them for hunting.

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Old 09-13-2021, 06:50 AM   #2
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Don’t laugh....I bought a pair of Sperry boots on sale for about $60 at Academy. I never wanted to pay full price for them and was in shock when they were on sale. I can wear them to dinner and hunting. I do not wear them in warmer weather due to rattlesnakes. They are extremely comfortable to hunt in during cooler temperatures.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:50 AM   #3
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are you talking just pull-ons or lace-ups too?

Lace-ups I prefer the shorter ones (8 or 6") anyway, never cold enough here to need anything more. Wear the right socks and not even a need for insulated. Buts that's just me.
I agree on the pull-ons, certain ones will chaff my calves too. Just bought a new pair of Muck brand, they feel really comfortable. Looking forward to see how they do.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:52 AM   #4
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I’ve never hunted with anything taller than that and that includes over 20 huntes in Colorado and New Mexico. I can’t stand anything taller than 8
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:11 AM   #5
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I hunt in a low boot. The upper is leather the bottom looks like a bean. About $20 at Academy. Never had a problem. A regular rubber boot I have to split the front and back of the uppers about 4 inches down in order to get my calves in them.
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:12 AM   #6
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Donít laugh....I bought a pair of Sperry boots on sale for about $60 at Academy. I never wanted to pay full price for them and was in shock when they were on sale. I can wear them to dinner and hunting. I do not wear them in warmer weather due to rattlesnakes. They are extremely comfortable to hunt in during cooler temperatures.
Not laughing at all. Greatly appreciate the response. I'll look at Sperry as well. Have purchased comfortable fishing shoes from them in the past.

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are you talking just pull-ons or lace-ups too?

Lace-ups I prefer the shorter ones (8 or 6") anyway, never cold enough here to need anything more. Wear the right socks and not even a need for insulated. Buts that's just me.
I agree on the pull-ons, certain ones will chaff my calves too. Just bought a new pair of Muck brand, they feel really comfortable. Looking forward to see how they do.
Pull ons. I really don't care for lace-ups all that much anymore. Liked my Belleville boots when I was active duty, but never really cared for many of the lace-up hunting boots on the market. I hope you like your Muck boots.

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Iíve never hunted with anything taller than that and that includes over 20 huntes in Colorado and New Mexico. I canít stand anything taller than 8
Good to know. Thanks! Any particular brand / model you prefer? I'm hunting in VA. Right now, temps are mild, but I've had some decently cold, snowy winters here.

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Old 09-13-2021, 07:14 AM   #7
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L L Bean boots - 6"

Easy on/off

Great boots and tread does not pick up mud

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/3117...N3&csp=a&pos=2
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:17 AM   #8
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I hunt in a low boot. The upper is leather the bottom looks like a bean. About $20 at Academy. Never had a problem. A regular rubber boot I have to split the front and back of the uppers about 4 inches down in order to get my calves in them.
Man, I miss Academy. Never thought I'd miss it as much as I do now. Closest one to me is in Greenville NC (about 130 mile drive, one way). I know I can order online, but I really like trying stuff on before I buy. But for $20, I'll gamble and check those out as well.

Glad to see I'm not the only person with this issue!

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Old 09-13-2021, 07:29 AM   #9
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I hunt in a low boot. The upper is leather the bottom looks like a bean. About $20 at Academy. Never had a problem. A regular rubber boot I have to split the front and back of the uppers about 4 inches down in order to get my calves in them.
Is it these?

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/mag...sku=brown-11-d

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Old 09-13-2021, 07:31 AM   #10
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L L Bean boots - 6"

Easy on/off

Great boots and tread does not pick up mud

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/3117...N3&csp=a&pos=2
Good looking boots. That sole isn't slippery on a tree stand? I have to use a climber where I hunt.

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Old 09-13-2021, 07:52 AM   #11
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When you have MAN SIZE feet, you can't get anything much over a 10" boot. You can't get your feet in them. Could probably have some custom made with side zippers, but it's not worth it to me because I don't hunt much any more.
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:58 AM   #12
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When you have MAN SIZE feet, you can't get anything much over a 10" boot. You can't get your feet in them. Could probably have some custom made with side zippers, but it's not worth it to me because I don't hunt much any more.
11 here. Bending my foot at that angle to get into a pair of almost knee-high boots cramps my calves. Especially when my foot doesn't slide all the way in right away. If it gets caught at that angle half-way in, 100% guarantee of a muscle cramp.

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Old 09-13-2021, 08:17 AM   #13
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Yep, that is them. I usually buy 2 pair. I have probably worn this type of boot for 15 yrs now. I have only ripped the rubber on them twice that I can remember, usually the leather upper will separate from the lower at a sewed seam.
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:27 AM   #14
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11 here. Bending my foot at that angle to get into a pair of almost knee-high boots cramps my calves. Especially when my foot doesn't slide all the way in right away. If it gets caught at that angle half-way in, 100% guarantee of a muscle cramp.

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Try it with a size 15.
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:33 AM   #15
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Yep. Solomon Quests. Need that heavy ankle support in the rocks and climbing.
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Old 09-13-2021, 09:11 AM   #16
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You can always use low boots with gaiters. That combination works for me. I have some really light gaiters that help keep my feet warm and keep me dry from the knee down. When it warms up I can take them off fold them up & carry them in my pack.
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Old 09-13-2021, 09:17 AM   #17
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Back before lowtop lace up boots were popular, all my high top boots had to have a extra piece of leather sewn into the tops to go around my calf.
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Old 09-13-2021, 09:37 AM   #18
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My first trip to Alaska moose hunting the outfitters said hip boots were mandatory, first day I was miserable and never used them again, I used my “ camp boots “ low top rubber la cross
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Old 09-13-2021, 10:39 AM   #19
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Good looking boots. That sole isn't slippery on a tree stand? I have to use a climber where I hunt.

All the best,
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Good gripping abilities as it is a almost chain link style bottom sole

Very comfortable and water proof

Wear them both in TX (heat) and NM for elk on mountain slopes when wet
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:40 AM   #20
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I normally have sneakers on when it isnít real cold or wet.


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Old 09-13-2021, 01:37 PM   #21
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Do tennis shoes count?

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 09-13-2021, 01:51 PM   #22
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Get a pair of Solomonís and thank me later.


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Old 09-13-2021, 03:06 PM   #23
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I use the LL Bean Maine hunting boots since the late 70’s. I think they are 6” and have a wool insole.
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Old 09-13-2021, 03:36 PM   #24
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I've had these Adidas hikers since 2007.
5 separate trips up and down the mountain, plus 2 trips to Enchanted Rock and
they have been very comfortable and durable, although the soles separated from the foot this last trip.
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Old 09-13-2021, 03:40 PM   #25
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My brother has similar issues with HUGE calves. He ended up getting a pair of neoprene knee boots that have the zipper on the side. He just doesn't zip it up all the way. The boots apparently are good enough that they fit his foot/ankle are well enough that it doesn't slip off. I'll see if I can find what they are.
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:42 PM   #26
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Thanks you all for the replies, suggestions, pictures, etc... I decided to try a pair for this season. I'm not a fan of the lace-up boots, and although I appreciate the responses with those, I just couldn't bring myself to do it (again). I've not had good experiences with them. Decided to go with a pull on, that also has a zipper in the front. So should be easier to get into.

Just bought some Muck Boot Company Apex Mid-Zip Rubber Boots. Hope they are comfortable. If not, I can resort to the old boots until I find something else.

Thanks again.
All the best,
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:49 PM   #27
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Thanks you all for the replies, suggestions, pictures, etc... I decided to try a pair for this season. I'm not a fan of the lace-up boots, and although I appreciate the responses with those, I just couldn't bring myself to do it (again). I've not had good experiences with them. Decided to go with a pull on, that also has a zipper in the front. So should be easier to get into.

Just bought some Muck Boot Company Apex Mid-Zip Rubber Boots. Hope they are comfortable. If not, I can resort to the old boots until I find something else.

Thanks again.
All the best,
Glenn
Good luck with the Muck boots. Have never owned any. I am in the Solomon camp when not wearing snake boots. Heck, I opt for NB running shoes (with gaiters) and Chuck Taylor All-Stars when in Africa.
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