Review: Sutro’s Alder Is the Impatient Man’s Boot

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Sutro is a San Francisco based footwear company, and the city is very much in Sutro’s DNA. The boots are all named after places in the city and even the company itself is named after Adolph Sutro, the 24th mayor of San Francisco. They’re pretty well known for their low prices, Italian lasts, and the … Read more

Red Wing Vs. Danner – Which Is America’s Favorite Boot?

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Reader, you’re in for a treat. This is one of the most commonly asked questions in the world of boots: which is better, Red Wing or Danner? They’re the two most beloved and longstanding icons in the world of American heritage footwear, and it was only a matter of time until these two monsters crossed … Read more

Danner Boot Review: Is the Bull Run Boot America’s Favorite Moc Toe?

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Danner is an enormously popular boot company. Based in Oregon, they were founded by Charles Danner in 1932 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin — the same place that Chippewa boots was launched — but they moved to Oregon a few years later and eventually became best known for their hiking shoes. But as far as more … Read more

Kiwi Conditioning Oil Review – How to Use and Before & After

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Despite the very New Zealand name, Kiwi was actually launched in Australia in 1906 (by a man with a New Zealand wife) and it’s since become phenomenally popular. In the US and UK it has two thirds of the market share and in Malaysia, the word ‘kiwi’ has even become part of the Malay language, … Read more

Review: Beckett Simonon’s Versatile, Crazy Cheap Dowler Cap-Toe Boot

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Beckett Simonon is a pretty unusual footwear company in that everything is made to order. They don’t carry inventory. The idea is that this makes for a more ethical company: having inventory, they say, increases waste, energy, and fuel consumption, but it also means their shoes are really inexpensive because they don’t need extra warehouse … Read more

Leather Honey Review: Does It Cover Up Scuffs?

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Leather Honey is the number one selling leather conditioner on Amazon right now. If you are searching for leather conditioner or even, yes, boot conditioner, Leather Honey comes at the top of the list. That may be surprising to some of my fellow fans of Goodyear welted boots, because the conditioners that most of us … Read more

Review: The Taft Dragon 2.0 Boot Nails the Balance of Weird and Stylish

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There’s a new Dragon boot in town. American bootmaker Taft has kicked their Dragon 1.0 to the curb — see my original Dragon review here — and upgraded to the Dragon 2.0. Founded in 2013 by Kory and Mallory Stevens, Taft has become extraordinarily successful — they were worth $15 million in 2017 — by … Read more

Red Wing Vs Thursday – Who Makes the Best Boot?

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This is it: the ultimate showdown between two flagship cap toe boots from two very different companies. In one corner, we have Red Wing, founded in 1905 and arguably the most popular heritage boot company in the US, with the Iron Ranger. The challenger is newcomer Thursday Boot Company, founded in 2014, and their critically … Read more

Sof Sole Mink Oil Review – It’s Not Actually Mink Oil?

Is mink oil the fountain of youth for your boots? I decided to pick some up to see if they could work on some four-year-old Thursday boots. Now, these boots have never been conditioned and a lot of the damage, like deep gashes in the leather, is beyond repair. (They’re not mine; I borrowed them … Read more

Helm Zind Review – My Favorite Black Boot! (Discount Code)

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Helm is an Austin-based shoe company that has become a fixture of the city’s boot scene. Well known for their trademark white stripe in the midsole, their shoes pull off a rare feat of being distinctive but traditional, with silhouettes that work in a ton of different outfits and environments. I’ve reviewed their flagship Muller … Read more