The Best Selvedge Jeans That Aren’t Raw

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The terms “raw” and “selvedge” are used a lot nowadays to describe high end denim jeans. Although often group together, the two words describe a totally independent world in jean manufacturing. Just because your pair of jeans is made from selvedge denim doesn’t mean it is raw. For example: Raw but not selvedge : Levi’s … Read more

Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner Review: Doesn’t Darken Leather?

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Bickmore has been in the leather care game since 1882, when they started out by making products to soothe sores on horses that were caused by their harnesses. In the early twentieth century they started branching out into shaving cream and toothpaste and eventually their journey through the oozy creams of the world led them … Read more

Op-Ed: Why Alden Is By Far My Favorite Boot Company

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Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Stridewise, LLC. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. In order to understand my obsession, I mean love affair, with Alden shoes, it’s necessary to … Read more

3 Reasons Every Boot Should Have a Shank

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What exactly is a boot shank? Simply put, the shank is a load-bearing piece of steel (or another hard, flexible material) that is sandwiched between the insole and the outsole of your shoe. It usually sits between the ball and heel of your foot, under the arch. You can’t see it, but it’s there to … Read more

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Pair of Boots

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When a man decides to buy a pair of boots that can look good with any outfit, survive a downpour, and age beautifully, they’re often in for a rude awakening: high quality boots cost hundreds of dollars and there are so many aspects of a boot to take into account before pulling the trigger. I … Read more

The 4 Biggest Misconceptions About Raw Denim

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Over the last decade or so, heritage workwear, and subsequently raw denim saw a boom in popularity. People found an appeal in clothing that looks like it could possibly last them decades. But with the amount of enthusiasts entering the kingdom of denimheads each year, there are bound to be misconceptions that get spread around. … Read more

The 6 Kinds of Boot Soles You Should Know About

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If you’re dropping real money on your boots, you want to be sure that you’ve got the best from the sole up; we’ve got this quick and handy guide so you’re ready when the rubber (or leather, or cork) hits the road. The Frye Jones Lace-Up 1. Leather Soles Leather, usually considered the dressiest of … Read more

Saphir Renovateur Review – Is It the World’s Best Boot Conditioner?

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Saphir’s Renovateur is the crème de la shoe crème. It is the fanciest, schmanciest, priciest leather conditioning product you’re likely to find and it has developed a serious cult following among boot aficionados. Of course, we’re talking about the Medaille d’Or Saphir Renovateur not the regular Renovateur you get in a blue lid. (It also comes … Read more

Does It Matter If Your Leather Conditioner Has Petroleum?

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If you’ve already invested in a pair of quality leather boots, you probably know how important leather conditioner is. A good conditioner will do a lot for you: smooth out small scratches and imperfections, soften and add suppleness, protect from salt and dirt, degrease and clean the surface, and revitalize the luster of the leather … Read more