The American Dream
Russian immigrant, Nick Blahcuzyn, escaped from Stalin’s army during WWII. He immigrated to the United States after the war and, having learned how to build boots from a famous Northwest book maker, he opened Nick’s Custom Boots in Spokane, Washington in 1964. Since that day, Nick’s Boots has been hand-building top quality boots using centuries-old techniques. This means that when you buy a pair of Nick’s Custom Boots, you can count on the fact that they won’t be mass produced. Your boots will be built one pair at a time, taking into account your particular needs and desires. Choose the style of sole, the color of leather, the height, the lace designs; make them uniquely yours. That’s what Nick’s Boots has been about since the very beginning, producing the American Dream in work boots.
A Northwest Legend
It was the Plain Toe Logger boot that made Nick’s famous among hard working Northwest woodsmen. And today, this tough, rugged boot continues to serve America’s wildland firefighters with the same flawless dependability. Built to National Fire Protection Agency standards, the Hot Shot boot is fully customizable and rebuildable, with choices in height, leather, toe-style and hardware, as well as size and width. Get the standard Vibram Lug sole or upgrade for a fully fire resistant boot. The Hot Shot is also available in Lace to Toe options for more adjustment around the toe box in order to allow for different thicknesses in socks. The nation’s firefighters depend on the quality and integrity of Nick’s workmanship to keep them safe in the field, just as loggers have for over forty years.
But the Hot Shot isn’t just for loggers and firefighters. Field & Stream Magazine named it as the best boot for upland hunting, and particularly recommend the 16-inch lace-to-toe option to protect ankles and calves. This boot has proven itself in the big timber, on the hunt, and on the fireline; there’s no tougher work than that.
Nick’s Custom Boots saw a need for a motorcycle boot that could stand up to the rigors of the road. The Renegade is an engineer-style biker boot without compare. Hand built to meet your needs, the Renegade has a sole that resists gasoline, oil and road grime for no-slip performance. With classic all-leather construction, the Renegade can be resoled for a lifetime of comfortable wear and, like all of Nick’s Custom Boots, you can have this one built to your specifications.
Breathing New Life Into Your Old Boots
Nick’s Custom Boots stands by their workmanship. When your favorite Nick’s boots have seen better days, don’t assume you have to buy a new pair. Consider sending them back to Nick’s to be resoled and rebuilt for added years of wear and happiness. Nick’s expert bootmakers can replace everything except the upper that has formed perfectly to your ankle, so you can get a brand new look without losing that perfectly broken-in feel that you love. If you think your boots are ready for an overhaul, take a look at the Nick’s Boots Resoles, Rebuilds and Repairs page. And check out Nick’s FAQ page for tips on how to properly lace and care for your boots once they’re home again.