Courteney Selous Leather gaiters- Impala leather
Not a spokes person for them, and certainly not trying to take anything form Africa Sporting Creations, but they prefer to push the canvas gaiters. I prefer the leather in dry conditions, like Shakey I like the fact that they cover the laces better. I also use a pair of neoprene gaiters (designed for fly fishing) in wet conditions. Some feel they would be to hot in Africa, but although Louisiana isn't the bushveld it gets pretty balmy here and they aren't uncomfortable. Then again it is wet so maybe that's why...?
here is contact info for US dealer-
Westley Richards USA
3810 Valley Commons Drive
Bozeman, MT. 59718
T 00 1 406 586 1946
F 00 1 406 586 3326
or follow link-
Westley Richards | Contact us
Tony Lama- Buffalo/Bison chukka boot
In case any one views this thread looking for ideas thought I would throw in an unlikely brand. Most in the US will be familiar with Tony Lama Boots, but not with the Buffalo/Bison hide chukka. It is a modern take on the well known "earth shoe" that was popular back in the '70s. I have a pair and wear them regularly. The shoe is very comfortable and has a sole that is very quiet. One draw back is that the soft sole & foot bed of the shoe has no protective shank so it offers no real protection from punctures. In short it offers about as much protection as a tennis shoe, so it won't stop a nail. I point this out due to reading about- on this site, and in many books written on hunting in Africa- warnings that stepping on thorns is a problem. Where I live we have a native tree called a Honey Locust that produces thorns that range between 3- 6 inches in length. The trees shed them and they get broadcasted all over the woods when a dead tree falls. I have found them imbedded in the bottoms of my rubber boots, which required pliers to extract them. To thwart those thorns when wearing my TL-chukkas I made protective insoles by tracing my feet on a scrap of 7- 8 oz skirting leather. I chose the leather because it is thick, but flexible and an added plus is it gives some additional cushion. Occasionally the thorns will stick through the sole, but they don't penetrate beyond the leather insole/foot bed I made.
Picture of a Honey Locust tree & close up of thorns--
I mention these simply because at $69.95, they are considerably less than a pair of Courteney's or Russell's.
pics of my boots/shoes--
This a link to a better description of the boot/shoe.
Tony Lama Men's Tan Oiled Buffalo Leather Chukka Boots