Calf Leather vs Cow Leather – What’s Best for Your Boots?

Especially popular with high-end English tanners like CF Stead and shoemakers like Crocket and Jones, calf leather is a mainstay in dress shoes. But what a lot of people don’t know is that despite its classy reputation, it can be tanned to produce a rugged, outdoorsy leather as well, like the one you’ll find on … Read more

Allen Edmonds Sullivan Street Review – Dressy With a Twist

Currently headquartered in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Allen Edmonds have been making boots in the United States since 1922 and when compared to other popular brands like Red Wing and Chippewa, they err more on the dressy side. The versatile but you-could-probably-wear-them-with-slacks Higgins Mill boot is an iconic entry in the world of Goodyear welted footwear, … Read more

Meermin Chestnut Country Calf Review – Why Pebble Grain Leather?

Meermin, also called Meermin Mallorca, is a Spanish shoe company that’s often mentioned in the same breath as Carmina Shoes. While they are different companies, both brands were founded in Mallorca and have deep ties to the esteemed Albaladejo family, a longstanding institution in Spanish footwear. That’s about where the similarities end, though. Carmina’s shoes … Read more

Jack Erwin Chester Boot Review – Why So Cheap?

Founded by Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson founded Jack Erwin — whoever that is — in 2013, saying they wanted to “build a brand not chasing trends, but rather focused on perfecting a consistent reliable offering.” And perhaps more notably, to build a brand “with prices we could relate to.” In other words, Jack Erwin … Read more

Review: To Boot New York’s Astoria Boot Is Great In the Office, Not Outside It

Note that these boots aren’t available anymore. To Boot New York is a  footwear company that’s been in the business for about thirty years and while they’re based in New York City, all their production takes place in Italy. Adam Derrick runs the show and his name is on a lot of the products, claiming … Read more

Frye Jones Lace Up Review – Look Great, Fits Weird

The Frye Company was founded all the way back in 1863 by John Frye, who opened the first store in Marlborough, Massachusetts and eventually launched its first boot in 1888. (Fun fact: In the 1890s, Marlborough made more shoes than any other city in America.) By their own account, Frye is the oldest continuously operated … Read more