The 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

$660 Jeans? Why Tanuki’s Aizome Denim Is Worth the Pricetag

The hobby-slash-cult that is selvedge denim is a subculture composed of people who don’t bat an eyelid at 300 dollar jeans. Most of the big name brands are between 200-300 bucks, it’s not a cheap hobby. But seven hundred dollar jeans? OK, I’m rounding up — they’re $660, but that’s still very expensive. I’m a … Read more

The 14 Best American Made Boots You Should Be Buying (Made in USA!)

More and more American brands are outsourcing their production overseas, and look, that doesn’t necessarily mean their products are becoming lower quality. Good and bad products are made in every country, and the producers’ nationality has a lot less to do with it than their business practices. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to … Read more

What Are Crepe Soles?

You’ve likely seen, or owned, hard rubber-soled footwear — you know, something with Vibram or Dainite stamped on the bottom. But if you’ve ever shopped for Clarks Desert boots or Oliver Cabell’s Chelsea, you’ve come across crepe soles. The crepe sole is a bit controversial: some guys love it, others hate it. We’re going to … Read more

Chukka vs Chelsea Boots: Which Are Right for You?

I wear a lot of boots and I’m often asked about specific styles, like what’s a Chukka boot or what’s a Chelsea Boot. Which is better for the office? Is one more comfy? Brother, you’re in the right place. Here, we’re comparing and contrasting two completely different styles of boots so you can know which … Read more

Is Shell Cordovan Leather?

Shell Cordovan: one of the most long-lasting (and expensive) materials used to make shoes and boots. Known for its uncommon durability, water resistance, high shine, and incredible resistance to creasing; it’s so different to all other forms of leather that it’s understandable you wouldn’t even put Cordovan in that category. However, the fact is Shell … Read more

The 10 Best Boots for Wide Feet

It is surprising how many boot companies don’t offer wide options for their boots. It makes more sense when you realize that these businesses need to make new lasts — foot shaped blocks of wood used to create the fit — when they want to offer wider sizes. Creating new lasts is incredibly laborious and … Read more