Why Do All the Good Boots Have Dainite Soles?

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Some things — electronics, jewelry, cars, penthouse apartments, whatever — are expensive for obvious reasons. Rubber soles for shoes, the reasons aren’t always so clear. But there’s one name that constantly pops up when shopping for high end boots: Dainite. We’ve touched on these soles before with the 6 kinds of boot soles you should … Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Horsehide Leather Boots

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It might make some people squeamish, but the fact is that some people enjoy eating horsemeat. What does this have to do with boots, you may ask? Without this delicacy (or “delicacy,” depending on your feelings), we wouldn’t have as much horsehide for making footwear. Similar to most steer hides used for leather products, horsehides … Read more

What Is Pull Up Leather, Anyway?

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Pull up leather gives Harrison Ford his roguishness. It protects Tom Cruise while piloting fighter jets. It’s used in the highest quality boots, attached to Rolexes, and a mainstay of vintage clothes shops. It has an almost alchemical ability to shift in time. So what is it? Santalum‘s chrome tanned pull up leather from Indonesia … Read more