5 Ways to Keep Leather Boots From Creasing

I don’t care for leather creases on my boots. I know they’re a sign of well-worn pair of boots, but with a nice pair of calfskin dress boots, I just want a perfectly smooth, uniform boot. How do you stop leather boots from creasing?  I went to Virginia to ask Steve‌ ‌Doudaklian‌, the award-winning cobbler … Read more

5 Tips to Stop Getting Blisters From Boots

Blisters suck. They are the worst part of breaking in a new pair of boots. And you never really know if you’re going to have an easy break-in or if it will take weeks of excruciating pain that produce blisters and bloody socks. I was lucky enough to chat with expert cobbler Steve Doudaklian from … Read more

6 Ways to Darken Leather Boots | Mink, Coconut, Pine, and More

Most guys try to avoid darkening their leather boots. But maybe you bought a pair online and the lighting in those marketing pics made the color look lighter than you expected. The good news is, you can darken leather boots very easily. If you wanted, you could with just about any oil in your kitchen, … Read more

Is Lefarc the World’s Most Sustainable Leather Tannery?

Note: This article is kind of sponsored by Lefarc, a tannery that supplies leather to brands like Thursday Boot Company, Timberland, and Saddleback. They didn’t pay us money, but they did pay for plane tickets and accommodation so we could attend one of their workshops and they asked us to make a video about their … Read more

How to Shrink Leather Boots – Dos & Don’ts

Wondering how to shrink leather boots? Before you read if you’re planning to shrink your leather boots because they are too big, you might want to think again. There just isn’t anyway to make a pair of boots smaller. You can shrink the leather in some areas of the boot, like the uppers in cowboy … Read more

The 11 Best Red Wing Boots (You Can’t Buy)

While the name “Red Wing Heritage” evokes thoughts of longstanding tradition, the brand actually has a lot of limited edition and discontinued boots in their history. Seasonal offerings, one-off specials, and boots that simply didn’t fare well in the market are common and Red Wing collectors all over the world prize themselves on their abilities … Read more

My Favorite Summer Shoes: Sabah’s Surprising Leather Slippers

When I need something a little more dressed up than sandals, flip-flops, or even sneakers, my go-to summer shoe is these Turkish leather slippers from Sabah. The brand was founded by American Mickey Ashmore, who spent much of his 20s working in finance in Istanbul and found himself commuting to and from work in traditional … Read more

Denim vs Chambray – Which Fits Your Needs?

You might be familiar with denim and chambray as a pair because for just about 150 years, denim pants and chambray work shirts have been a popular outfit choice for many working men. Denim and chambray have a number of important similarities, especially that they both come from cotton. They are both typically made by … Read more

The Right and Wrong Ways to Stretch Calves of Leather Boots

Have you purchased a pair of tall boots that are uncomfortably tight in calf? The last thing you want to do is buy a new pair of $300 boots! The good news is that you can fix a slightly tight pair of boots by stretching them. The bad news is that this takes time, a … Read more

The 10 Best Japanese-Exclusive Red Wings (According to Red Wing Employees)

Red Wing embodies American heritage boots perhaps better than any other company, which is why it has such a dedicated following in… Japan. Part of the Amekaji subculture, there are dedicated niches in Japanese fashion that revere the rugged, well made, patina-ready workwear apparel popular among the American working class during the early- to mid-20th … Read more