How to Choose a Last for Your Viberg Service Boot

So you’ve decided to pull the trigger on a pair of Vibergs. If it’s your first foray into what Viberg has to offer, chances are good you’re eyeing up some Service Boots. You might even be looking at a specific makeup from a stockist that ticks all the aesthetic boxes for you. While your trigger … Read more

New York’s Last Boot Factory: Inside Modern Vice

Nestled on west 38th street in the heart of Manhattan’s Garment District is the last cool boot factory in the city. Modern Vice, founded by guy-who-definitely-looks-like-he-owns-a-glam-rock-boot-store Jordan Adoni, makes unforgettable boots. Their signature is the Bolt Boot, emblazoned with a dramatic lightning bolt down the shaft, but whatever you get from them won’t be overlooked … Read more

Made in Xiamen – An Interview With Grant Stone

Grant Stone is making serious waves in the industry for producing what many consider Alden quality shoes for Red Wing prices. That might sound incomprehensible to the average person, but it essentially means all their shoes cost one or two hundred dollars less than you’d imagine. Their praises are consistently sung on the Goodyear welt … Read more

Are Vibergs Worth It? The Ultimate Guide to the $700 Service Boot

  The name “Viberg” has become synonymous with expensive footwear, and the most commonly asked question is, are Vibergs worth it?  There are several factors to consider against price when determining the value-for-money: heritage/history, quality of materials, construction and finishing methods, quality control, etc. While the average Viberg buyer is likely adding to a pre-existing … Read more

The 9 Best Leathers for Boots

When you step into the world of high quality boots, you’ll likely find that brands have several leather options for each model they have. Whether you go ready-to-wear or custom made, a boot with a different leather upper, even if everything else about the construction is identical, can have a significantly different vibe and function.So … Read more

Goodyear Welt vs Stitchdown Construction – The Pros and Cons

Goodyear welt and stitchdown construction are probably the two most commonly utilized methods of high end shoe and boot construction. They’re certainly the two that are the most prominent in the heritage clothing hobby, and they’re terms that are thrown around by boot enthusiasts constantly.  But a lot of people are unsure exactly what these … Read more

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