The 11 Best Red Wing Boots (You Can’t Buy)

While the name “Red Wing Heritage” evokes thoughts of longstanding tradition, the brand actually has a lot of limited edition and discontinued boots in their history. Seasonal offerings, one-off specials, and boots that simply didn’t fare well in the market are common and Red Wing collectors all over the world prize themselves on their abilities … Read more

Saddle Soap vs Mink Oil: What Should You Put On Your Boots?

You’ve got an impressive pair of beloved boots that have seen one too many winters, way too much oil and grease, and tons of miles of wear and tear. How do you get them looking halfway decent again? There are lots of methods and techniques for cleaning and conditioning your boots, saddle soap and mink … Read more

The 5 Best Lightweight Shorts for Men 2021 | Linen, Hemp, Stretch

If you’re wearing shorts, make it count: make them high quality, and if you wait until the last possible second to stop wearing jeans and start wearing shorts you probably want the lightest weight shorts you can get. Many of the shorts I’ve collected below are linen, or hemp, or really lightweight cotton — but … Read more

The Right and Wrong Ways to Stretch Calves of Leather Boots

Have you purchased a pair of tall boots that are uncomfortably tight in calf? The last thing you want to do is buy a new pair of $300 boots! The good news is that you can fix a slightly tight pair of boots by stretching them. The bad news is that this takes time, a … Read more

The 12 Best Insoles For Work Boots

If you wear workbooks regularly and experience foot discomfort, it might be time to invest in some new work boot insoles. Maybe the stock insoles just don’t provide that out-of-box comfort you expect from your work boots. Or maybe your work boots’ cushioning has compressed and you’ll no longer get the level of comfort you … Read more

5 Home Remedies to Clean Your Chuck Taylor Sneakers

A hundred million Chuck Taylor All Stars are sold every year (seriously) and I’ve owned at least one pair ever since I was fifteen years old. (My first pair was burgundy.) Being made of white rubber, they get dirty pretty quickly. I know people tend to be less obsessive about the pearly whiteness of beater … Read more

Unboxing Red Wing’s Newest Boots for Summer 2021

I just got two brand new boots from Red Wing and wanted to do a quick write-up of my first impressions. Note that these aren’t just a new pair of boots, these are brand new models of Red Wing boots. If you’re like me, which you probably are because you’re reading about boots on the … Read more

Koio’s 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