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William Barton Founder & Chief Editor
William founded BootSpy in 2020 with a simple mission: test and review popular men’s boots and give a real, honest opinion. Since then, we've welcomed over 5 million readers on our boot reviews and boot care guides. Reach out to him for your own personalized boot recommendation at william@bootspy.com. Or join 50,000+ subscribers on the BootSpy YouTube channel, or send him a message on the BootSpy Instagram.

Boots, Leather, Heritage Fashion, Denim, Workwear


Bachelor of Arts – BA, English Language and Literature, General

Alumni Of:

San Franscisco State University

All of William's 187 Articles for Bootspy
Hambleton Janus CF Stead Suede

I Tried Hambleton Boots, and They’re What Allen Edmonds Should Be

Hambleton is a new brand with a few tricks up its proverbial sleeve.

Bing Crosby in Canadian Tuxedo Featured Image

Why It’s Called a Canadian Tuxedo: The True Story

When you love denim, it’s hard NOT to wear a Canadian Tuxedo. But where does that term come from? Do they all only wear denim up there? Here’s the story.

Tellason Coverall Jacket Fade

Modern Classic: The Tellason Coverall Jacket

What makes the Tellason Coverall such a modern classic? I dive into the details of this jacket, plus dozens of pictures of how it fades and how to style it.

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Exploring the Craftsmanship Behind JK Boots

I’ve always been fascinated by the craftsmanship and detailed processes involved in creating the perfect pair of boots. Here’s how JK does it.

3 Boot Collection The Basics

The Three Boot Collection: Getting the Basics Down

In our first installment of “3 Boot Collection,” I’m diving into a broad, basic collection of boots that’ll get you through anything.

Model from BootSpy wearing White’s Perry Moc Toe boots on the stairs

White’s Perry Moc Toe Review: The PNW Moc

In this White’s Perry Moc Toe review, I test this boot out in some harsh conditions and compare it to several other moc toes in the same price range.

Grant Stone Field Boot in tan leather being tied by model on stairs

Grant Stone Field Boot Review: A Boot Nerd Goes Outside

In my review of the Grant Stone Field Boot, I dive into my experience, plus what I think some other great alternatives are depending on what you need.

Nicks Moc Toe boots on the stairs profile view

Nicks Moc Toe Review: The Toughest Moc?

In this review, you’ll learn all about which options you should and shouldn’t pick on your Nicks Moc Toe, plus you’ll see what my experience was like with this well-respected brand.

what is chromexcel leather - a piece of horween chromexcel leather

What Is Horween Chromexcel Leather? Here’s Why It’s Special

What makes Horween Chromexcel leather so special? To better understand why it’s so unique, let’s explore the manufacturing process and learn its history too. 

Stylish male model wearing Ariat Bench Made Boots

Ariat Bench Made Boots Review: The James in Bison Leather

In this Ariat Bench Made boots review, I’m going to share my experience with the Ariat James in Bison leather. By the end, you’ll know whether your next pair of classic cowboy boots will be Ariats or something else.

Lace Up vs Pull On Boots - Ariat Endeavor & Ariat Intrepid boots

Lace Up vs Pull On Boots: Which is Better for Work Boots?

In this lace up vs pull on boots guide, I’ll cover as many scenarios as possible so you leave knowing the exact type of work boots that’s going to help you get the job done. 

Parkhurst Boots worn by the BootSpy model

Parkhurst Boots Review: Hands-on with the Parkhurst Allen

In my Parkhurst boots review, I picked up a pair of the plain-toe Allen boots to find out if this brand is any good. And here’s what I think. 

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