Ellicottville Boot and Shoe Open for Business in EVL

By Jennie Acklin

Shoppers who have been inside Adventure Bound in Ellicottville can find most any type of product for a variety of outdoor experiences. Owners John and Christy Rounds opened Adventure Bound at 16 Washington Street in Ellicottville in October 2015, after an extensive renovation of the building. Fishing, including guided expeditions with an Orvis guide, hiking, camping and SUPs (stand up paddleboards) are just some of the offerings.

And just this week, they’ve added a new “boutique” inside their outdoor store, called Ellicottville Boot and Shoe. John  Rounds was happy to show the Ellicottville Times the work that went into the new venture, which included converting the lower level dirt-floor crawl space into “the cleanest basement I’ve ever seen!” The renovation nearly doubled the downstairs square footage, and was necessary to accommodate the extensive inventory required for a proper boot and shoe store, said Rounds.

According to Rounds, “The emphasis will be on year-round specialty footwear for outdoor-oriented customers. It is such an underserved market on the local level.”  The idea of a boot and shoe store began in the spring of 2016, with their first line of Chaco brand summer sandals.

Chaco offers a full line of ladies and mens casual footwear and outdoor technical boots and shoes for fall and winter weather as well.

New companies recently added include Salewa, a 75-year old Italian footwear company, and OBOZ footwear from Bozeman, MT. Sorel casuals and boots are locally exclusive to Ellicottville Boot and Shoe – a product line that most everyone is familiar with.

“We offer something for every outdoor enthusiast in need of technical footwear for 40 degrees below zero to summer sandals,” said Rounds.

He explained that, “Our staff has been trained on how to fit technical footwear from each of the companies’  manufacturer reps by asking a series of questions about the intended outdoor use.  Did you know that altitude effects how your footwear fits? The type of support, and the type of foot, heel and toe protection desired, as well as type of terrain, altitude, and weather conditions should be taken into consideration when being property fitted for technical outdoor footwear.”

Ellicottville Boot and Shoe is looking to add North Face winter boots, and Merrell footwear – the No. 1 brand of outdoor technical footwear in the country,  by spring 2017.

For more information, stop by Adventure Bound/Ellicottville Boot and Shoe, and talk to John or any of his staff about their technical footwear, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ellicottvillebootandshoe.