Moc Toe Boots vs Plain Toe Boots: Which Is Right for You?

If you’ve spent any time shopping for boots, you’ve come across the never-ending barrage of boot jargon: moc toe, plain toe, cap toe, steel toe — we’ve not even gotten past the toes and it’s already confusing. To help you with your boot buying journey, we’re going to break down two of the most popular … Read more

Are Red Wings Worth It? What You Should Know Before Pulling the Trigger

The short answer, of course, is “Yes.” Well, maybe. But mostly “Yes.” Red Wing is the most iconic boot brand in the heritage sphere. So how did they get there? Is the price worth it for the quality? Or are you simply paying for the name on the box. Read on and we will walk … Read more

Were Jeans Really Illegal in the Soviet Union? The Surprising History of Denim Smuggling Under the Iron Curtain

The unique history of the Soviet Union has been told before, but many people don’t realize the ways the Cold War impacted the fashion world — and how the fashion world impacted the Cold War. Usually when we look at images of life behind the Iron Curtain, we see a fashion sense that emphasizes uniformity. … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Factory Seconds Boots

Everyone loves a good deal. And what is better than getting that long-sought-after something at a great value… or at least, perceived great value. When it comes to Goodyear-welted boots, where price tags usually exceed the $350-mark, factory seconds allow many folks to get great footwear articles at anywhere from 30 to 70% off the … Read more

Buying Boots Online Is Hard — This App Wants to Make It Easier

I like wearing boots. I like researching boot brands and styles. I like learning about the craft. I love the online community around boots. But I don’t really like buying boots online. After you’ve spent an inordinate amount of time researching the leather, the construction, the sole, the style… you finally figure out which model … Read more

How Should Cowboy Boots Fit? Fitting Tips for Fashion and Comfort

Howdy! Planning to pull the trigger on that cowboy look? Are you currently searching for the next pair that will complete the outfit but are unsure how to fit cowboy boots? Whether it is your first time buying a pair of cowboy boots or you just want to know what’s wrong with the last five … Read more

5 Menswear YouTubers Reveal Their Favorite Boots and Shoes

I invited a ton of menswear YouTubers over for drinks and pizza so that I could take the opportunity to drunkenly ask them about their favorite footwear in a little series I’m calling “5 Drinks In.” (Fun fact: I did something similar with the crew at Grown & Sewn for my best Red Wing boots … Read more

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

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