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

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

3 Reasons Every Boot Should Have a Shank

What exactly is a boot shank? Simply put, the shank is a load-bearing piece of steel (or another hard, flexible material) that is sandwiched between the insole and the outsole of your shoe. It usually sits between the ball and heel of your foot, under the arch. You can’t see it, but it’s there to … Read more