What Is EVA Foam and Why Is It Being Put In Boots?

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Have you noticed that a lot of newer boot companies are moving away from your traditional cork-and-leather construction and are using more novel materials?  Thursday Boot Co has DuraEVA strips in the midsole. Wolf & Shepherd use HDEVA in their heels. Oliver Cabell makes use of Vibram’s Morflex outsole, not to mention materials like Texon … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Shark Leather Boots

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Shark skin leather has a long association as a “fancy leather good.”(1) After an MTO boot company’s shark leather boot caught my eye, I decided to find out more about this exceptionally unusual animal skin that mat just be king of the ultra-masculine-leather category. Cuit Ortiz, founder of John Doe Shoes helped me answer a … Read more

Why Is Zimbabwe Cotton So Popular?

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Zimbabwe cotton is often touted as one of the best cotton types in the world. Often by people selling it, sure, so they’re not unbiased, but you’ll also hear this from fashion aficionados from Japanese denimheads to wearers of fine Italian dress shirts. But is there anything special about Zimbabwe cotton? Or this hype and … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Moose Leather Boots

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If you haven’t come across a pair of moose leather boots, you’re not alone. It’s an uncommon leather. That being said, moose leather has a long history as material used for boots. Moose leather boots started with Mukluks — a soft boot constructed for cold weather made from seal, moose, or walrus skin and worn … Read more

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