Rookie Mistakes: 5 Raw Denim Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re diehard denim collector or just a fade fanboy, we all came into the world of raw denim as rookies, and rookies make mistakes. We’ve probably ruined at least a pair or two on the way, but this is how we learn.&nbsp When I was a brand new denim hobbyist, … Read more

A Guide to Buying Vintage Pendleton Flannel Shirts

Colder weather calls for warmer attire, and wool flannel shirts and denim jeans a perfect match for this time of year. Although you may be eyeing a high-quality flannel from Iron Heart or Studio D’Artisan, these can run you upwards of $350. Frankly though, I prefer vintage, American-made Pendleton Flannels.  “But, why do people buy … Read more

How to Care for Thursday’s Rugged & Resilient Leather

Thursday Boot Company’s Rugged & Resilient leather has been tremendously successful for the brand. Once a one-off leather for their American made Vanguard boots, this line of leathers can now be found on almost every one of the company’s shoes and it’s available in a wide variety of colors like Tobacco, Black Matte, Burnt Copper, … Read more

Alden Shoes of New York – A History

Alden Shoes of New York, one of the premier Alden retailers in the world, has been serving faithful customers for over 30 years from its prestigious location in mid-town Manhattan on Madison Avenue. I was fortunate to have a lengthy conversation with one of its founders and co-owners, Mr. Ralph Bonato, about the origins of … Read more

What We Know About Red Wing’s Cyber Attack

Published December 30, 2020. For a perfect lesson on how not to handle a catastrophe, look at Red Wing. On Halloween, Red Wing suffered a cyberattack. Yes, Halloween. For two whole months that encompassed Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the entire holiday period, nobody has been able to buy any shoes online from Red Wing … Read more

The 8 Best Indonesian Boot Brands You Should Know About

North America, Europe, and Japan offer some of the best boots money can buy, but the most revered brands from these countries can easily cost over $500 for a pair of boots and often, particularly in the case of Japanese boots, over $1,000.  But if you haven’t heard yet, Indonesian boots are making a splash … Read more

Can Leather Ever Be Ethical?

Is leather the by-product of a slaughter, or the cause of it? Examining the impact of the heritage boot industry on cowhide demand. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or carnivore, you may have at one point asked yourself, “is wearing a cow’s skin ethical?” For the average meat-eater, it’s probably an easy “yes,” and we … Read more

Practicality vs Style vs Comfort – A Guide for Picking a Shoe

Shoes are more important than most men realize unfortunately, and there’s more to choosing the right shoe for each occasion than just the brand or type. In fact, if you want to be one of the few impeccably dressed men around, you need to be able to categorize shoes based on their practicality, comfort and … Read more

Why Truman Boots’ Best Leather Is CF Stead’s Rambler

I’ve been following Truman Boot Company from day one, when they were just getting started in Pennsylvania. Over the course of time, they became known not just for their rugged look but for their unusual leathers, maybe even leathers the boot community wasn’t ready for yet: Ramblers, kudus, moose, Mohawk, beaver fur, and the list … Read more

The 8 Best Stylish White Boots for Men

For many, finding a pair of boots that work with their style is an easy task. A majority of guys just want a black or brown boot that can carry them though a rainy day. But for those of us who are tired of the classics, finding that perfect boot can be a bit of … Read more