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

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

Review & Discount Code: Parkhurst’s Sleek But Roomy Delaware Boot

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Parkhurst is an brand new boot company that was established 2018, so while they don’t have a ton of history they do have some interesting aspects. Based in Buffalo, New York, the company makes everything in the United States with materials from the United States — except for the rubber outsoles, but even those are imported through a … Read more

Timberland Premium Waterproof Boot Review – Is the Hype Real?

This is it: the original yellow boot that made the Timberland Company so famous. The company was founded in Boston in 1928 when it was called the Abington Boot Company, then bought by Nathan Schwartz in 1952 and renamed Timberland in 1973, the same year this boot was launched. Intended for wear by New England’s … Read more

LL Bean Hawthorne Boot Review: Does the Price Forgive the Flaws?

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LL Bean is one of the few companies I’ve reviewed that isn’t an actual, dedicated boot company. They’re a privately held retail store that was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean when he was 40 years old and they’re super famous for their American made outdoor gear. When it comes to boots, they’re perhaps … Read more

Doc Martens Review: Why The 1460s Are Overrated

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Here’s a weird fact I hadn’t heard before I started researching these boots: the first Dr. Martens boot was designed by Dr. Klaus Märtens who was a doctor in the German Army in 1945. As in the Nazi Army. He injured his ankle while skiing and found that the Nazis’ standard-issue army boots were uncomfortable on his … Read more

Review: Helm’s Crazy Versatile Muller Boot (Plus a Discount Code!)

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For those coming from YouTube, the discount code is just beneath the video↓ Joshua Bingaman had a storied history in footwear before launching Helm. His career had included managing (then selling) a chain of footwear stores and by the time he started this Austin-based outfit, he had racked up twenty years in the footwear industry. … Read more

Red Wing Moc Toe Review, 3 Years Old – Do The Boots Hold Up?

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Red Wing is one of the most popular and influential American boot brands of all time. Heck, it may well be one of the most influential of all time. Around these parts, I rarely stop talking about them; I review them, I compare them, I interview the CEO of their Japanese office, and I own … Read more

R.M. Williams Review – The National Boot of Australia

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If you’ve watched my reviews you may have noticed that despite having lived in New York City for many years — which has kind of mangled my accent — I speak with the dulcet tones of a man born in Australia. And every single time I upload a new review my Australian friends and family … Read more

Viberg Service Boot Review – Is It Seriously Worth This Much Money?

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Viberg is a Canadian company that was founded in 1931 by Edwin Viberg, and it remains family owned to this day. Like many older boot companies, they started out primarily making footwear for grimy labor and swashbuckling, primarily serving firefighters, lumberjacks, and farmers. In the 21st century they’ve expanded into some more fashion focused designs … Read more