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

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

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

Inside Vietnam’s Raw Denim Community

There’s a flourishing raw denim scene in Vietnam, a country where locals jokingly refer to the climate as having two seasons: one hot and one hotter. While the temperatures in urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City (once known as Saigon) are hot, so are the fashion sensibilities of Vietnam’s sizable and youthful population. The … Read more

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

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

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?

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