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

Here’s What Kind of Boots Dean Winchester Wears (And 5 Alternatives)

There are 3 great boot options to slay the Dean Winchester-look and his Supernatural style. By the time you’ve finished this article, we’re pretty sure you will want to know them. Don your skinny jeans and leather jacket, and we will find out what boots Dean Winchester prefers to wear. And why. What kind of … Read more

How Starting a Boot Business Became a Humanitarian Endeavor (Brought to You By Adelante Shoes)

After bumping into me at a Mexican tannery, Adelante Shoes invited me to Guatemala so I could try my hand at making my own boots. While I was there, I interviewed founders Pete Sacco and Michael Pelzer to better understand how and why they started their brand and the social mission that underpins their operations.  … Read more

What Is Vegan Leather? | Cactus, Mushroom, Pineapple, and Plastic

Vegan leather is just a fancy term used to market plastic, right? Cheap shoes being sold to hippies? Let’s find out.   Veganism is no joke. It’s a lifestyle choice that extends beyond diet and into makeup, habits, and yes, clothing. Does vegan leather live up to the ideals and beliefs inherent in the name? Or … Read more