Fan Mail

I get a lot of email from people giving me nifty tips, asking for friendly advice, and last but not least… sending me unsollicited compliments!

All compliments below have been published with the explicit consent of the people who sent them.

Thanks for all the kind, words, Boot Bomb fans. Knowing I made a difference helps me keep this up!

I just came across your page after doing a google search for ‘shoes for large people’. I really appreciate the time you put into coming up with a nice list of runners for us larger folks.

— Tom Beckermann

I found your site looking for a good shoe to start walking  with, I was surprised that you have information on shoes for  over weight women that peaked my interest and I want to  thank you for being considerate in your writing. You are  such a truly kind person (and a cutie) for researching this  information and sharing it with so many. I just want to say  THANKS.

— Melissa A. Corley

Hi! Your article on Boot Bomb is excellent!

— Marcia McMillin

Thank you for your advice. It is people like you that the public rely upon for assistance. Thank you for your generosity in putting up and maintaining the site.

— Raymond Peres

Hello again !

I definitely will check back with your blog!

I’ll check out custom insoles too of course- I like taking direction from people of knowledge 🙂

— Deanna O’Docherty

Hi Brian,

Thanks first of all for a great page. In the last few minutes I have learned a lot! The info available from you is much more than everything else I’ve read combined!

— Al Banta

Hi, Just ordered a pair of Columbia North Plains per your recommendation. We’ll se how they work out. Though, I’m a woman, Men’s wide (especially, toe box) is what I need for hiking.

… But what I really wanted to say, was that you have a really nice smile, which brightened my day! Don’t worry, I’m not hitting on you — I have a nice guy, already, and would be too old for you, if I didn’t. I just thought that when a smile and a boot recommendation are both appreciated, it’s sometimes nice to hear about it. 😉 LC

— Laura

Thanks for your sage advice!

— Don L. Watson

First let me compliment you on an excellent site and boot reviews!!

Thanks for your detailed and informative reply. Of course you can use my email on your fan mail page! Your advice about […] is good.

— Steve Solomon

Hi Brian

I am reading through your fantastic website – thank you for all the helpful information.

Thank you so much for your guidance. It can be quite overwhelming to a novice so having the grounded and well-researched advise you provide is extremely helpful with my decision making.

Many thanks for your swift and helpful reply! Have a great day.

— Maryanne Gillespie

Thank you so much for your article on shoes for overweight women. The information provided here has made my day 🙂

— Quinn Vaughan

Hi Brian, I hope you don’t mind me messaging you. I have read your hiking boot review and have found it extremely useful!

— Joanne Parnell

Hi Brian, Believe it or not, I found your Boob Bomb page by typing in ‘how do I find the best walking shoes with a very overpronated foot’ – and up popped your page. And yes, I am overweight, and thank you for saying it’s not the worst thing in the world – the rest of the world thinks so though! And yes, I am starting to try to walk after a year + of dealing with bone-on-bone in the knees and other foot problems making it hard to do ANYthing! So I appreciate your positivity and your information on overweight women’s walking.

— Jan Bryan

Hi Brian… You sound like a boot expert and I could use some good advice.

— Jeffrey Greene

[after purchasing Boot Bomb recommended boots]

Hi Brian, Just wanted you to know I received the Moabs and have been wearing them around the house. They seem to be just perfect. Thanks again for your help.

Also, I wore the Moabs for at least 6hrs (in the house) and they were fantastic – no pressure points and plenty of toe wiggle room. Thanks again.

— Nancy Hajt

You have a wonderful page on workboots for my foot problem.

— Terry Howard

One more suggestion on your website name, “Boot Bomb”. In this world today with horrible terrorist bombings and even a a shoe bomber, I think it’s badly in need of a change. Good website otherwise, easy to navigate and read.

— Jim

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this chance to share my story. In 1984, I got plantar fasciitis, went to a podiatrist, had custom orthotics made, got “dress” leather Reeboks (as I was a secretary in an executive office, and was required to wear a dress to work). The orthotics worked wonders. After awhile, I tried to wear regular shoes without the orthotics, and my feet started hurting again. I changed jobs, and casual Friday became “casual every day.” For about 20 years, I have worn SAS Free Time leather walking shoes with newer custom orthotics, and the fasciitis never bothers me. I just checked the SAS website, and they have several styles which seem like they would be good choices for people who have plantar fasciitis (with their own orthotics) and/or if they are overweight or obese: Free Time, Walk Easy, Me Too, Tour, Liberty, and Roamer. Another plus is that they carry the WW size. The difference between Free Time and Me Too is that Me Too has Velcro tab closures instead of laces (to which I recently switched). FYI, I was 402 lbs. in 2009, had gastric bypass surgery and got down to 212, so I know about being overweight and obese. AND I can even wear these shoes in a couple inches of snow, don’t even own boots. Maybe you could steer me to some that are reasonably priced and stable for an “old” woman of 64? P.S. I usually walk with a cane because of a problem disk in my back. Thank you.

    • Hi Geraldine,

      Thanks for taking the time to share your story with me and my readers!

      If you’re looking for a good pair of boots, I suggest you check out my women’s hiking boots page for 2016.

      It’s a top 20 from 20 different brands. All excellent boots. I don’t have all the prices memorized, so you’ll have to click through to Amazon to see for yourself.

      Good luck!

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