Who Is He?

Hi, I’m Brian Bradshaw. I’m a super duper mega hiking enthusiast, with a love for everything that has to do with outdoors, hiking, gear, footwear and more.

I’ve lived all over the place, because I love travel and there’s no end to my love for just getting around. I currently live in Ventura, California. But you never know when that’s going to change.

My ancestors have owned a shoe store, where I, as a toddler, used to run around in. I have no memory of this. My grandfather was one of the last to run it. My grandfather, when he was still alive, showed me his shoe designs from decades ago. I was always impressed with how well he was able to draw shoes.

He knew what he was doing for sure. Being Dutch and having grown up in Holland, my grandfather has lived through WWII, and was obligated by the Germans to create footwear for the German army. He’d show the Germans how much leather he needed for this or that many pairs of boots. They believed him. Secretly, he’d cut the leather slightly differently, so he’d have enough leather left for making an extra pair of shoes. This extra pair would then be sold to well-off peasants in the neighborhood, to make an extra buck.

While the family shoe store was abandoned in my early years, I was always forced to wear the highest quality footwear when I was just a wee toddler. Throughout the years, I’ve learned an appreciation for the technology behind footwear. I’ve learned a lot from my grandfather, but also from doing my own research, and simply from the experience of wearing many different kinds of shoes (though not all at the same time!).

Footwear is in my family’s blood.

You can never learn enough about footwear. I’m still learning new things every day. Sometimes because one of you, my dear readers, will come forward and teach me a lesson on something footwear related, via my contact form. I have been known to include corrections and/or suggestions from my readers in my content. I’m grateful for every opportunity, so please keep contacting me.

Mission Statement

Over here at the Boot Bomb, I do my utmost best to write the most helpful reviews of all sorts of footwear. It started out with hiking only, but I soon expanded into reviewing other kinds of footwear, such as shoes for playing basketball, cross training, nursing shoes, shoes for standing up for long hours, working shoes, etc.

I go out of my way to make sure that the information I provide you with is correct. If you read something on my site that is incorrect, please let me know right away. When I discover erroneous information, I always correct it straight away!

The Boot Bomb has grown a lot. That’s why I am constantly quality controlling and updating my pages.


Since I have set up a contact page, I have received lots of email from people asking me questions and advice. I have also received a number of very nice compliments, leading me to become even more motivated to write more and more on this website.

I thank all of those who have taken the time to contact me personally. I won’t name names, but you all know who you are. Due to the fact that the Boot Bomb (and by extension: me) has fans, I currently feel very motivated to expand my website with many more useful reviews!

Do you want to ask me something? Do you want to give me a few handy tips? Got some nifty advice? Wanna set something straight? Got a question about anything you read on the Boot Bomb? Don’t like my haircut?

Feel free to contact me for anything that you have in mind.