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Unlike many other brands that prioritize flashy styles and rely on cheap plastics from overseas, we embrace simple, timeless designs and craft our shoes from natural, durable materials. Our focus is on functionality, durability, and optimal foot health, catering to hardworking individuals who demand more from their footwear. We stand apart in our commitment to quality, sustainability, and the transformative power of proper biomechanics.
We recommend using our "Find My Size" tool on each individual product page to determine your best fit. Our sizing can vary slightly between different models, so this tool provides personalized guidance based on your foot measurements.
All our footwear is designed with an EEE width, which provides ample room for your feet to spread naturally and comfortably. This wider width accommodates a variety of foot shapes and promotes a more natural and unrestricted fit.
We aim to restock our footwear on a monthly basis. This regular restocking schedule helps ensure that our customers have consistent access to their favorite styles and sizes. However, I recommend checking our website or subscribing to our newsletter for the most up-to-date information on restock dates.
Our footwear products are skillfully crafted in Guadalajara, Mexico, with US-sourced leather.
The lifespan of our shoes can vary based on factors such as usage, care, and individual wear patterns. On average, our shoes can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years or even longer, depending on how frequently they're worn and the activities they're used for. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning, treating, and resoling, can also extend their longevity.
While we don't currently offer specific work boots designed for hazardous environments like construction sites, our footwear is crafted with durability and quality in mind. Our boots are made to provide comfort and protection for everyday wear, but they do not have features like steel toes or puncture-resistant soles required for certain work conditions.
Our Ursus model is often preferred for lifting due to its lace-up design and stable platform. The Ursus provides an excellent ground feel and allows your feet to move naturally while still offering the necessary stability for lifting.
Our shoes are designed for a wide range of individuals, from those seeking a more natural and comfortable footwear experience to those who prioritize foot health, mobility, and performance. Whether you're into lifting, outdoor activities, or simply looking for everyday comfort, our shoes cater to those who want to embrace a more barefoot-like feel and improve their overall foot function.
Bearfoot shoes can be a great choice for individuals with flat feet. The minimalist design of our shoes encourages natural foot movement and muscle engagement. By not providing excessive arch support, our shoes allow your feet to work and adapt more naturally, which can contribute to strengthening the muscles that support your arches over time.
Reserved items offer you the advantage of securing the item you want even when it's out of stock due to high demand. By reserving an item, you ensure that you'll receive it in the next batch we receive from the factory. This way, you won't miss out on your desired product despite its popularity.
The expected fulfillment date for reserved items is generally within 4 to 13 weeks. However, it's important to note that sometimes unforeseen challenges can arise during the manufacturing and supply process, which might lead to adjustments in the fulfillment timeline.
The Bruins are water-resistant, but they aren't fully waterproof. However, we offer a boot wax on our store that can be applied to make them completely waterproof. This wax creates a protective layer that keeps your feet dry even in the wettest conditions.
The main difference lies in their upper materials. The Ursus Suede features a (1mm) Genuine Suede Leather upper, providing a classic and durable look. On the other hand, the Ursus Canvas boasts a (1mm) High-Grade Canvas upper, offering a lighter and more breathable option. Both models share the same EEE width, stack height, drop, and construction.
While the Bruins are not specifically insulated, they are made with durable 2.2mm leather that can offer some protection against cold and snowy conditions. However, for extended exposure to wet or snowy environments, we recommend treating the leather with our boot wax, available in our store, to create a waterproof seal. Additionally, wearing warm wool socks can help provide insulation in colder weather. Keep in mind that while the Bruins can handle some winter conditions, they may not be suitable for extremely harsh or prolonged exposure to snow and cold.
Yes, we're continuously exploring new color options to expand our range and offer more choices to our customers. The best way to stay up to date on any new color options being released is by signing up for our newsletter. This way, you'll be among the first to know about any exciting updates, including new colors and styles that we introduce in the future.
All of our footwear, including the Bruins, is resoleable, and we recommend having the resoling process done by a professional cobbler. This ensures that the job is performed with expertise, maintaining the quality and integrity of your footwear so they can continue to be used for years to come.
It's important to note that changes in production location and other factors can lead to variations in sizing over time. We recommend using our "Find My Size" tool on the product page to determine your accurate size based on the updated production standards.
Yes, we offer discounts for military personnel and first responders through GovX on our website. This is our way of showing appreciation for their dedicated service. If you belong to either of these groups, you can take advantage of the special discount when making a purchase.
Currently, our Bruin boots do not come with a steel toe or composite option. However, we're always evaluating customer needs and feedback to improve our offerings.
While the Oso shoes are primarily designed as casual footwear, they can certainly be used for light workouts and activities. However, if you're looking for footwear that's specifically optimized for working out, our Ursus shoes might be a better choice.
Our shoes are designed to offer a comfortable and natural fit. We recommend that there's enough space for your toes to wiggle and spread within the toe box and that the width feels snug but not tight. Allow your arches to rest naturally and make sure the heel is comfortably secure without excessive movement. While our sizing recommendations are a starting point, use our "Find My Size" tool on the product page for guidance. Ultimately, the shoes should be comfortable and promote natural movement, without causing significant pain or discomfort.
Our shoes are not specifically designed with slip-resistant features. However, the unique design of our outsoles, coupled with the natural grip of the rubber, provides good traction in various environments. While they may not have the same level of slip resistance as dedicated work or safety shoes, many customers find our shoes offer satisfactory traction for everyday use.
While we can't provide specific evidence of several years of wear yet, the combination of high-quality materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and the ability to resole the boots means they are designed for the long haul. With proper care and maintenance, the Bruin boots should provide you with reliable performance and comfort over a very long period of time.
Our shoes are designed with a very small amount of cushioning that strikes a balance between providing comfort and maintaining a natural feel. This cushioning offers a subtle layer of protection while still allowing you to connect with the ground and move naturally.
We currently offer footwear with an EEE width, which caters to the natural wide shape of feet. However, it's important to note that wearing shoes with a wider fit can actually help feet adapt and become more comfortable over time. The extra room allows the toes to spread naturally, potentially addressing the issue of atrophy caused by years of wearing restrictive footwear.
No, all of our footwear is crafted in Guadalajara, Mexico, but we do use high-quality leather sourced from the United States.
The height of the upper shaft of the Bruin boots from the floor is approximately 7.5 inches, but this measurement can vary slightly depending on the size of the boots.