The Mission to Clean Up Chrome Tanned Leather

Note: This article is sponsored by Koio, a luxury sneaker company that makes their shoes in Italy from start to finish. Get $25 off anything with the code STRIDEWISE25 at checkout. Chrome tanning is associated with both high quality leathers like Chromexcel and lower quality leathers like the glossy Dr. Martens. But there’s a darker … Read more

How to Use Saddle Soap to Clean Your Boots

Saddle soap is the go-to product for cleaning leather. But people get a bit nervous about using saddle soap on their nice leather boots, especially if it’s a pair of boots that you really, really like. Why? Saddle soap has a reputation for being at best unnecessary and at worst damaging. But what if you … Read more

Hiking Boots vs Work Boots: What You Should Know

Trying to decide if you can go for a hike with those trusty work boots? It might seem crazy to buy another pair of boots for a singular activity — boots are boots, right? But you’d be surprised how different they are. Luckily some companies make boots are that suitable for both. So if you’re … Read more

What Are Crepe Soles?

You’ve likely seen, or owned, hard rubber-soled footwear — you know, something with Vibram or Dainite stamped on the bottom. But if you’ve ever shopped for Clarks Desert boots or Oliver Cabell’s Chelsea, you’ve come across crepe soles. The crepe sole is a bit controversial: some guys love it, others hate it. We’re going to … Read more

Chukka vs Chelsea Boots: Which Are Right for You?

I wear a lot of boots and I’m often asked about specific styles, like what’s a Chukka boot or what’s a Chelsea Boot. Which is better for the office? Is one more comfy? Brother, you’re in the right place. Here, we’re comparing and contrasting two completely different styles of boots so you can know which … Read more

Made in Xiamen – An Interview With Grant Stone

Grant Stone is making serious waves in the industry for producing what many consider Alden quality shoes for Red Wing prices. That might sound incomprehensible to the average person, but it essentially means all their shoes cost one or two hundred dollars less than you’d imagine. Their praises are consistently sung on the Goodyear welt … Read more

How to Care for Thursday’s Rugged & Resilient Leather

Thursday Boot Company’s Rugged & Resilient leather has been tremendously successful for the brand. Once a one-off leather for their American made Vanguard boots, this line of leathers can now be found on almost every one of the company’s shoes and it’s available in a wide variety of colors like Tobacco, Black Matte, Burnt Copper, … Read more

The 10 Best Winter Boots for Men That Actually Look Good

I’m a guy who loves a pair of stylish boots. But here in New York City the winters can get seriously snowy, slushy and icy, prompting even lovers of old fashioned boots to retire them until Spring for fear that they’ll slip, spring a leak, or leave your toes cold. But the best winter boot … Read more

Here’s Where You Can Buy Perfect LL Bean Replacement Laces

Back in the good ole days, you could get LL Bean replacement laces for your iconic 8’’ duck boots by invoking the magic of their lifetime guarantee. Alas, gone are the days of one of outdoor apparel’s most generous return policies: LL Bean’s stuff no longer comes with that warranty, and loyal customers are left … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Camel Leather Apparel

Depending on where you’re from, camel leather may seem like an unusual, exotic choice of material. But, there are a few reasons why you should consider this fine leather for your next purchase, be it a camelhide bag, boots, or belt. There are also a few potential reasons not to — like the occasional “funky” … Read more