The 5 Best Leather Tanneries on Earth

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Everyone knows that a great boot starts with great leather. But where does that leather come from? It starts with the expertise of the tannery, where raw hides are transformed into the highest quality leather through the alchemy of the tanning process. There are countless of tanneries out there — really, we’ve reviewed everything from … Read more

Op-Ed: You Use Too Much Leather Conditioner

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What do salt, perfume, and shoe polish have in common? Too much salt ruins an otherwise good batch of cookies, overdoing it on the perfume or cologne is repugnant, and too much leather conditioner, designed to help protect and waterproof your favorite pair of boots can actually oversaturate the leather. However, a dash of salt, … Read more

Review: When You Should and Shouldn’t Use Huberd’s Shoe Grease

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Huberd’s is a small American company based in Bennett, Colorado, and they’ve been in the shoe grease business since 1921. The company produces a variety of products like Shoe Oil, which is for more delicate leather, and Leather Dressing, which is for rugged leather items like saddles and harnesses. Their flagship product is Huberd’s Shoe … Read more

Why I Fell Head Over Heels in Love With Men’s Boots

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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. When it comes to my boot collecting habit, I can’t help but get philosophical about it. … Read more

Why “Made In China” Boots and Denim Shouldn’t Bother You

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If there’s one thing that scares fashion bloggers more than spilling craft beer on their jeans, that thing would be finding a “MADE IN CHINA” label on a shirt that they have been eyeing all week. For many, something being MADE IN CHINA is an automatic dealbreaker. “Made in China,” they feel, implies cheapness, the … Read more

Op-Ed: 5 Types of Jeans and When You Should Wear Them

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Blue jeans are an essential part of any guy’s closet, and have likely been a feature in your own for as long as you can remember. But how well do you actually know your jeans? Odds are, probably not as well as you think, at least not when it comes to their specific style. So, … Read more

Review: Cobbler’s Choice Leather Conditioner on Viberg Boots

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Cobbler’s Choice is a very new shoe care company based in New York City, and they’re very proud of the fact that all of their products are made with all natural ingredients. There’s no silicone, no alcohol, no solvents, no petroleum, none of the stuff that some consumers take issue with in their leather care … Read more

6 Reasons You Can (And Should) Wear Leather Boots All Year Long

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Are you a boot aficionado who gets bummed when it feels seasonally inappropriate to break out your leather beauties? Well then, this article is for you, because I’m going to talk about why it’s totally okay — nay, necessary — to wear your boots all year long. And yes, I’m talking with shorts during summer, … Read more

Op-Ed: 3 Reasons the Williston Chelsea Is the Most Versatile Red Wing Boot

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When people think Red Wing Boots, they often associate the brand with its Americana aesthetic, sturdy, built to last construction, and its faithful relationship with the working class. Rarely will anyone think of these boots as their go to footwear for the office. After all, nobody wants to be a walking contradiction wearing bulky workboots … Read more

Why Is Cordovan Leather So Damn Expensive?

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Even if you’re not a leather aficionado, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of shell cordovan. And if you have, there’s also a good chance you’ve wondered, “Why is this type of leather so darn expensive?” Named in part for the city of Cordoba, Spain where it was first produced in the seventh century … Read more