When trying on boots, it's always a good idea to wear the same sort of socks - and the same number of pairs - as you would in the field.
"For keeping feet comfortable, socks are every bit as important as boots," Privett said. "There are all kinds of technologies available in socks today. Almost all the brands nowadays are moisture-wicking, meaning that they pull sweat away from your feet and distribute the moisture throughout the shoe.
"That, in turn, helps prevent blisters, which occur when the sweat stays on the foot and creates friction with the sock fabric."
Hunters or hikers who plan to venture out in temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit should look for boots that are waterproof.
"In cold weather, you can't keep your feet warm unless they're dry, and there's almost always going to be some runoff onto trails or puddles to walk through," Privett said. "So boots with a waterproof and breathable lining definitely are needed."
People sometimes buy new boots when, with a couple of simple tweaks, they could give their old boots new life.
"Boots almost always stretch as they're worn, and if they stretch enough, they lose some of their comfort and support," Privett said. "A lot of times, something like a new insole or heel cup, or even a different lacing method, can help your old boots to fit as well as when you bought them."
One mistake boot buyers often make is to buy the most expensive boots they can afford and hope the higher quality results in comfort. Privett said it's a mistake to think that way.
"More expensive is not always better. It's much more important to find the boot that best suits your needs and fits your foot properly," he said.