Saturday, September 1, 2012
Westley Richards Courteney Selous Boots
A traveling sack is provided along with polish, spare laces, and brush. Boots are labeled in UK sizes. Westley Richards suggest you order a half size smaller to approximate US sizing. While I did do this when ordering, sizing was still off slightly for me. I need to wear thick wool socks in order to fit mine. While this is fine for me and my purposes, many African hunters hunt without socks for a few reasons. One, its hotter than hell in the dark continent but also it provides better feel to the ground. You'll feel a twig at your feet before you snap it and spook the game you're stalking. So it you're buying these for Africa, you may want to take that into consideration.
These boots are not cheap, currently at $369. Five or so years ago, I paid less than $285 for mine so they have gone up considerably from then. I'm not sure if that is a result of a weak dollar or the cost of higher raw material or what. I once had a hunting acquaintances that thought I was nuts for buying a pair since, according to him, these boots in its home country of Zimbabwe, they go for extremely cheap. I do not recall what he claimed but it was something like $20 or thereabouts. Whether or not that is true I old him I don't care and I countered that the crappy Nike shoes he wears for everyday use, costs Nike somewhere around $5 to make and they retail for several hundreds and are made in China. He quickly shut up afterwards. Also since I had no recent plans on traveling to Zimbabwe and if I did I'd buy a another pair at the local price.
One day I hope to actual wear these boots for their intended purpose- that is hunting in Africa. Until then I just have to wear them during the dove season. Although that is becoming less and less because of all the knuckleheads out afield that have ruined dove hunting for me (and others). I do wear these while birddog training during the summer as well but that too seems to become less and less these days. At any rate these are nice boots. Pricey but nice boots nonetheless.