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

How to Pick the Best Shoes for Your Foot Type (Pronate, Supinate, Neutral)

Finding the right pair of boots can be difficult when you consider it important to match your boot to your foot type, since feet and shoes come in many shapes and sizes. The consequences of poorly fit boots are unpleasant and costly. Your feet hurt. They swell. They chafe. And, in extreme cases, you can … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Leather Boot Soles

Ah, the old leather sole conundrum. “Wow, those are beautiful shoes/boots. Look at the profile! What class. Oh, leather soles, never mind”. That used to be my thinking every time I see a lovely pair of boots or shoes, only to discover that a leather sole is lurking underneath, ready to wear out — or … Read more

Are Red Wings Made in China? (5 Things You Don’t Know About Red Wing)

Red Wing is probably the best known heritage boot company on Earth. Wearing in a pair of their Iron Rangers is practically a rite of passage for anybody with a passing interest in Goodyear welted footwear and the company’s 875 moc toes have been seen on celebrities as diverse as Ryan Gosling and Drake. They … Read more

13 Alternative to the Filson Journeyman Backpack

The Filson Journeyman is still my favorite everyday carry backpack. As a guy who will casually write 2,000 words about a pair of jeans, I didn’t make this conclusion lightly. While researching exactly which bag to buy, and how to justify spending (spoiler) $395 on a backpack, I happened to make a ludicrous spreadsheet of … Read more

Calf Leather vs Cow Leather – What’s Best for Your Boots?

Especially popular with high-end English tanners like CF Stead and shoemakers like Crocket and Jones, calf leather is a mainstay in dress shoes. But what a lot of people don’t know is that despite its classy reputation, it can be tanned to produce a rugged, outdoorsy leather as well, like the one you’ll find on … Read more