Calf Leather vs Cow Leather – What’s Best for Your Boots?

Especially popular with high-end English tanners like CF Stead and shoemakers like Crocket and Jones, calf leather is a mainstay in dress shoes. But what a lot of people don’t know is that despite its classy reputation, it can be tanned to produce a rugged, outdoorsy leather as well, like the one you’ll find on … Read more

Inside Vietnam’s Raw Denim Community

There’s a flourishing raw denim scene in Vietnam, a country where locals jokingly refer to the climate as having two seasons: one hot and one hotter. While the temperatures in urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City (once known as Saigon) are hot, so are the fashion sensibilities of Vietnam’s sizable and youthful population. The … Read more

What’s a DTC Business and Why Are They Meant to Be Better?

You’ve probably seen them, the ads before your YouTube video promising to “cut out the middleman” and “offer premium products at an affordable price,” all while a witty narrator explains their company’s mission and values. Then you check your favorite news website or social media and the same company appears in banner ads and in … Read more

In Defense of the Canadian Tuxedo: The Right Way to Wear Denim on Denim

You’ve got the bottom half of your outfit set. Your best raws: perfect fades, perfect fit.  Your beloved boots: freshly brushed, only the real ones know.  You’re happy.  So happy that you forget. A voice inside says “Hey …It’s Saturday! Go ahead make it a day. Wear all of your favorite stuff.” So you grab … Read more

My 6 Favorite Jeans to Wear in Summer Heat

Even though my home state of New York went “on pause” this summer, the season itself spared us no seconds to play catch-up. Within days, the temperatures rose to a brisk 70 degrees, and if my 24 years in NYC has taught me anything, it is that it will only get hotter from here on … Read more

What Is EVA Foam and Why Is It Being Put In Boots?

Have you noticed that a lot of newer boot companies are moving away from your traditional cork-and-leather construction and are using more novel materials?  Thursday Boot Co has DuraEVA strips in the midsole. Wolf & Shepherd use HDEVA in their heels. Oliver Cabell makes use of Vibram’s Morflex outsole, not to mention materials like Texon … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Shark Leather Boots

Shark skin leather has a long association as a “fancy leather good.”(1) After an MTO boot company’s shark leather boot caught my eye, I decided to find out more about this exceptionally unusual animal skin that mat just be king of the ultra-masculine-leather category. Cuit Ortiz, founder of John Doe Shoes helped me answer a … Read more

Leather vs Suede vs Nubuck – Which Boots Should You Get?

Leather, suede, and nubuck: the three pillars of the quality boot world. Chances are, if you’re considering quality boots, they’re made of one of these three materials. But which is right for you? There’s a lot to consider when comparing leather vs suede vs nubuck: how hard you want to wear it, how much you’d … Read more

How to Pick the Best Leather for Your Watch Strap

It’s a curious thing, the impact that a strap or bracelet has on the aesthetics of a watch. A blingy yellow gold bracelet when worn on a Rolex Day-Date may conjure images of Tony Soprano and his crew idling in front of a Newark pork store. However, that very same watch paired with, say, a … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Mink Oil on Boots | Benefits, Alternatives, and More

So what is mink oil? Mink oil is a leather conditioner that is traditionally made from a mink’s abdomen fat. While it is mainly used by shoe enthusiasts and leather workers today, this oily balm has its roots in Native American material culture. Long ago, indigenous populations such as the Chippewa used mink oil as … Read more