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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
best socks for cowboy boots

5 Best Socks for Cowboy Boots: Tried & Tested by Me

I tested dozens of sock brands and narrowed down to these five as the best for cowboy boots. These socks reduce heel slip, keep your feet dry, and stay up.

Model wearing Nicks Tactical Boots

Nicks Tactical Boot Review: I Tested Their Most Durable Boot

Is this really the worlds most rugged tactical boot? I had to try it to find out. Check out my hands-on Nicks Boots Tactical revew to see how it performs.

how to lace in boot zippers

How to Lace In Boot Zippers (& Which Zippers You Should Buy)

In this practical guide, I explain what boot zips are, which ones you should buy, and how to install them properly on your boots so you get it right first time.

best leather conditioners for boots

5 Best Leather Conditioners for Boots: Top 11 Tested and Reviewed

Wondering which leather conditioner is best? I picked up 11 types and tested each in a controlled environment, so you can decide which is right for your boots.

BootSpy model wearing Lems Boulder Boots on stairs

Lems Boulder Boot Review: Are Zero-Drop Boots For You?

Curious about getting zero drop boots but worried they’re a fad? Check out my Lems Boulder Boot review for a closer look and to find out if they’re for you.

kangaroo leather boots

Kangaroo Leather Boots: What You Need to Know Before Buying

Not a lot of boot brands use kangaroo leather. But here are a few reasons why kangaroo leather makes great boots, and some drawbacks, too.

Man straightening his pants and wearing Oakley Light Assault Boots 2

Oakley Light Assault Boot 2 Review: Not Your Tactical Boot

In this hands-on Oakley Light Assault Boot 2 review, I dive into the details of this combat boot so you can decide if it’s worth picking up.

boot anatomy

The Ultimate Guide to Boot Anatomy: Every Part Explained

Confused about navigating boot-related terms? Here you can learn every part of the boot anatomy to find exactly the shape and style you’re looking for.

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Lems Boulder Boot Sizing: How to Get the Right Fit in Lems

In this Lems Boulder Boot sizing guide, I’ll break down everything you need to know about how they fit and how to choose the correct size for your foot shape.

monkey boots

Monkey Boots: What Are They and Which Are the Best?

What’s the deal with monkey boots? Why are these stubby things getting so popular? Come dive into the history and where to find the best monkey boots right now.

unmarked boots review

Unmarked Boots Review: The Archie Monkey Boot Up Close

For this Unmarked boots review, I bought their most popular boot: the Archie. I’m diving into the details so you can decide if Unmarked is right for you.

viberg sizing

Viberg Sizing Guide: How to Pick Your Size in Viberg Boots

Viberg’s ain’t cheap—so let’s get your size right. Learn how to find the right Viberg fit for each last so you can decide which boot shape is right for you.