How Japan Made Red Wing Their Own

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When Red Wing decided to take their brand global in the 1970s, they had a problem. The boot behemoth had built its name as the go-to workboot for middle America as footwear that’s pretty stylish but above all functional and durable, whether you toil in Minnesota iron mines or offshore oil rigs. Most businesses prosper … Read more

Why Are There So Many Great Indonesian Boots? An Interview With Santalum

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A lot of people like their formal clothing handmade in Italy or France, but many guys who have swung by Bangkok or Hoi An to pick up a tailor-made suit have trouble telling the difference. The same goes for boots, but finding the right shoemaker can be a little tougher for men with discerning tastes. … Read more

Goodyear Welt Vs. Blake Stitch Vs. Cement — Which is Best?

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Even though it doesn’t refer to leather quality, or style, or country of origin, or the material of the sole, it’s fair to say that the words “Goodyear welt” have become synonymous with high quality footwear. In fact, the number one online forum for discussing high-end men’s boots on Reddit decided to take the term … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to How Boots Should Fit

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“Which way do they stretch? Are they even going to stretch? I know I’m a size 11.” The pressure is on when you try on a new pair of shoes in the store and things can get even more confusing with boots, since you have you can’t test the toe box, you have to consider … Read more