Review: Truman Boot Company’s Rugged Black Chromexcel Boot

This was my very first pair of Truman boots acquired in June of 2015. I wanted a standard rugged pair of black Chromexcel cap toe boots and these fit the bill perfectly with that beautiful 270-degree double stitchdown construction and lug commando sole. This was one of the original Truman models built when they were … Read more

The 14 Best American Made Boots You Should Be Buying (Made in USA!)

More and more American brands are outsourcing their production overseas, and look, that doesn’t necessarily mean their products are becoming lower quality. Good and bad products are made in every country, and the producers’ nationality has a lot less to do with it than their business practices. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to … Read more

My Fat Herbie: An Exploration of Ashland Leather

I was fortunate enough, in my own adventure, to find Ashland Leather. Recently I was also fortunate enough to literally find Ashland Leather, the business itself, as it is located on an obscured offshoot of Elston Avenue in Chicago about a half mile north of the Horween Leather tannery. I was fortunate, too, to be … Read more

What Is Pull Up Leather, Anyway?

Pull up leather gives Harrison Ford his roguishness. It protects Tom Cruise while piloting fighter jets. It’s used in the highest quality boots, attached to Rolexes, and a mainstay of vintage clothes shops. It has an almost alchemical ability to shift in time. So what is it? Santalum‘s chrome tanned pull up leather from Indonesia … Read more

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

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

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

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

Oak Street Trench Boot Review – Does the Cost Match the Quality?

Oak Street is a much talked about footwear company that was founded in 2009 by George Vlagos in Chicago. This company has the Windy City in its DNA: all of its boots are made with leather from Horween, one of America’s most beloved tanneries, and the company’s even named after a short street in the … Read more

Viberg Service Boot Review – Is It Seriously Worth $700?

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

How the Heck Do I Take Care of Chromexcel Leather?

If you’re an American who likes boots there’s a very good chance you own some Chromexcel. These days, it seems like every other boot on the market is made from this leather. It’s on everything from $200 boots like Thursday to mid-range boots like the Wolverine 1000 Mile and the Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill to … Read more

Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Review – Super Versatile, Iffy QC

Allen Edmonds have been making boots in the United States since 1922 and are currently headquartered in Port Washington, Wisconsin. While the brand started out making the formal and business footwear on which they built their brand — shoes like the 5th avenue, McAllister, and Macneil — they started churning out more rugged men’s boots … Read more