Urban Shepherd is a company that specializes in traditional Portuguese boots, and it’s a business that really leans heavily into storytelling, so much so that they have this funny tendency to make super artsy films about their bootmaking. (I’ve embedded one a little further down in this review.) A lot of companies use Portugal as
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What do salt, perfume, and shoe polish have in common? Too much salt ruins an otherwise good batch of cookies, overdoing it on the perfume or cologne is repugnant, and too much leather conditioner, designed to help protect and waterproof your favorite pair of boots can actually oversaturate the leather. However, a dash of salt,
Huberd’s is a small American company based in Bennett, Colorado, and they’ve been in the shoe grease business since 1921. The company produces a variety of products like Shoe Oil, which is for more delicate leather, and Leather Dressing, which is for rugged leather items like saddles and harnesses. Their flagship product is Huberd’s Shoe
Pure Blue Japan, or PBJ, or is a beloved Japanese denim company that was founded in 1997 and is based in the Japanese denim capital of Okayama, right between Hiroshima and Kyoto. Note that it is not the same company as Japan Blue, or Blue Blue Japan, this is Pure Blue Japan and perhaps more