Video: How I Resoled (My) Red Wing Boots, A Step-By-Step Guide

A funny consequence of owning an unreasonably high number of leather boots is that, shockingly, I’ve never had a pair resoled.  They don’t get enough wear. Until now!  An enormous benefit of a Goodyear welted boot is the ability to resole them, vastly extending their lifespan, and even though the soles of my Red Wing … Read more

The 5 Best Japanese Leather Jacket Brands

A good leather jacket can make any outfit — hell, any person  — look cool. Even paired with dirty jogging shoes and a coffee-stained tee, if you’ve got a cool leather jacket then your outfit will work. For those who like to wear the best possible version of something, chances are they admire apparel coming … Read more

How I Learned Bootmaking In 5 Days (In Guatemala)

After months of preparation, filming, and editing, it’s finally ready: How I Learned Bootmaking. In five days. In Guatemala. It all started when I visited the world famous Lefarc Tannery in León, Mexico, to learn how to make leather at a workshop. That’s where I met Mike Pelzer, the COO of Adelante Shoes, who had … Read more

How Thursday Boot Company Designs Boots

I’ve been hugely fortunate to visit factories around the world, from London’s last jeans factory to Guatemalan shoe factories, and as much as I love meeting the artisans and experts who pour their hearts and souls into their product, I realized there’s one part of the process I’m still pretty ignorant about: the design phase. … Read more

An Exclusive Look at Filson’s 2022 Outerwear

Recently, I headed to Filson‘s downtown Manhattan showroom — invite only, I’m afraid — to check out some special items they put for their 125th anniversary. They’ve got a lot of really interesting anniversary-themed, one-off, super limited release goods that we’re going to take a look at. If you don’t know about Filson, this stalwart … Read more

How Carmina Makes Their Luxury Chelsea Boots

On a recent trip to Europe, I was fortunate enough to swing by the Spanish island of Mallorca to visit Carmina Shoemaker, makers of what many consider to be the perfect luxury Chelsea boot.  The brand has tremendous stature in the industry of Goodyear welted shoes, and they deserve the hype. Their presence on Mallorca … Read more

Welcome to London’s Last Jeans Factory: Blackhorse Lane Atelier

I was recently in London and after spending some time at denimhead meet ups, there was one place I kept hearing whispers of: Blackhorse Atelier. The biggest and only jeans factory in London, it’s entirely unique in the city’s landscape and a labor of love helmed by Han Ates, who created the company out of … Read more

Chrome Tanning Myths: Why Chrome Tanning Can be Better Than Veg

I learned a lot about leather this year; I learned about leather’s quality control standards with a sneaker company; I made my own leather in Mexico; I saw how Thursday Boot Company’s suede is made, I even made my own boots from scratch, and in between I talked to just anyone who would listen about … Read more

The 5 Best Japanese Boot Brands

World renowned for their meticulous attention to detail, Japan makes some of the highest quality boots you’re ever likely to find. And it’s not just clothes — tanning, weaving, coffee, whiskey, watches, even Fender guitars are all known to be of exceptional quality when they come out of Japan, particularly when it comes to recreating, … Read more