Goodyear Welt vs Blake Rapid – Which Is Best for Resoling and Water Resistance?

So, you’re serious about boots. You’re looking for the highest quality, the ones that will really last, and it’s got you asking the real questions like, “I want these boots to last ten years, will I be able to resole them?” We get it, and is resoleability (a word we’re choosing to believe exists) is … Read more

From Office Job to Boot Maker – Interview With Parkhurst’s Andrew Svisco

Handsome boots, made in the USA, for under three hundred bucks. That’s the incomprehensible deal that Parkhurst’s founder Andrew Svisco has on offer, and while some of the boots (like the ones made with pricy kudu leather) are a little over three hundred, the value and versatility of Parkhurst boots are jaw dropping.  Why is … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Leather Boot Soles

Ah, the old leather sole conundrum. “Wow, those are beautiful shoes/boots. Look at the profile! What class. Oh, leather soles, never mind”. That used to be my thinking every time I see a lovely pair of boots or shoes, only to discover that a leather sole is lurking underneath, ready to wear out — or … Read more

Why Hand Welted Boots are Better Than Goodyear Welted

The term “Goodyear welted” is often used as a mark of quality for men’s boots. In fact, people quite often will not even consider buying a pair of boots if they are not Goodyear welted. In some ways, this is prudent. For entry level boots (less than $200), you will often find boots that are … Read more

Are Red Wings Made in China? (5 Things You Don’t Know About Red Wing)

Red Wing is probably the best known heritage boot company on Earth. Wearing in a pair of their Iron Rangers is practically a rite of passage for anybody with a passing interest in Goodyear welted footwear and the company’s 875 moc toes have been seen on celebrities as diverse as Ryan Gosling and Drake. They … Read more

What Is Patina? A Guide to Leather, Denim, and Watches

If you were to ask the average person on the street what ‘patina’ is, you’d likely get some variation of “Isn’t that when copper turns green?” The shortest answer is, yes, that is indeed one example of patina. However, this mystical buzz word is not limited to discolored metal and has far more power than … Read more

Suede vs Roughout Leather – What’s the Difference?

You probably already know that leather is made from hide, and that not all leather is created equal. The same is true here. Both roughout and suede are leather — they’ve been sanded to create a velvety texture, rather than the typical leather smoothness, but there are critical differences between the two.  So what’s better: … Read more

Here’s How to Get Salt Stains Out of Your Boots

A good friend and mentor of mine once told me that “if you take good care of your tools, then your tools will take good care of you”. This article is about how to get salt stains out of boots, but that happened when I was working as a camp guide, and I know this … Read more

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