Leather Honey Review: Does It Cover Up Scuffs?

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Leather Honey is the number one selling leather conditioner on Amazon right now. If you are searching for leather conditioner or even, yes, boot conditioner, Leather Honey comes at the top of the list. That may be surprising to some of my fellow fans of Goodyear welted boots, because the conditioners that most of us … Read more

My 5 Favorite Ways to Style Red Wings

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Red Wings Shoes started out as a work boot company that catered to miners and blue collar workers in the Midwest. But the brand slowly took the fashion world by storm with their now famous, more fashion-focused Heritage line. With their Heritage boots, Red Wing opened up its doors to new types of consumers. Now, … Read more

I Can Only Fit 10 Pairs of Boots in My Apartment; Here’s How I Chose Them

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Unless you are exceedingly wealthy or ridiculously lucky, a person living in Manhattan — indeed in most of New York City — must confront the reality that there is never enough space. I ran out of places to put more books sometime in the late 1990s, and ran out of space to store clothes and … Read more

Sof Sole Mink Oil Review – It’s Not Actually Mink Oil?

Is mink oil the fountain of youth for your boots? I decided to pick some up to see if they could work on some four-year-old Thursday boots. Now, these boots have never been conditioned and a lot of the damage, like deep gashes in the leather, is beyond repair. (They’re not mine; I borrowed them … Read more

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