The 14 Best American Made Boots You Should Be Buying (Made in USA!)

More and more American brands are outsourcing their production overseas, and look, that doesn’t necessarily mean their products are becoming lower quality. Good and bad products are made in every country, and the producers’ nationality has a lot less to do with it than their business practices. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to … Read more

What Are Crepe Soles?

You’ve likely seen, or owned, hard rubber-soled footwear — you know, something with Vibram or Dainite stamped on the bottom. But if you’ve ever shopped for Clarks Desert boots or Oliver Cabell’s Chelsea, you’ve come across crepe soles. The crepe sole is a bit controversial: some guys love it, others hate it. We’re going to … Read more

Chukka vs Chelsea Boots: Which Are Right for You?

I wear a lot of boots and I’m often asked about specific styles, like what’s a Chukka boot or what’s a Chelsea Boot. Which is better for the office? Is one more comfy? Brother, you’re in the right place. Here, we’re comparing and contrasting two completely different styles of boots so you can know which … Read more

Is Shell Cordovan Leather?

Shell Cordovan: one of the most long-lasting (and expensive) materials used to make shoes and boots. Known for its uncommon durability, water resistance, high shine, and incredible resistance to creasing; it’s so different to all other forms of leather that it’s understandable you wouldn’t even put Cordovan in that category. However, the fact is Shell … Read more

The 10 Best Boots for Wide Feet

It is surprising how many boot companies don’t offer wide options for their boots. It makes more sense when you realize that these businesses need to make new lasts — foot shaped blocks of wood used to create the fit — when they want to offer wider sizes. Creating new lasts is incredibly laborious and … Read more

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