5 Things to Look for When Buying a Pair of Boots

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When a man decides to buy a pair of boots that can look good with any outfit, survive a downpour, and age beautifully, they’re often in for a rude awakening: high quality boots cost hundreds of dollars and there are so many aspects of a boot to take into account before pulling the trigger. I … Read more

Grant Stone Diesel Boot Review – Does “Made in China” Matter?

Grant Stone Diesel table view

In an industry where a lot of companies are over a hundred years old, Grant Stone is quite a newcomer. It was co-founded in 2016 by Wyatt Gilmore, a guy whose family has a rich tradition in Goodyear welted shoes. His grandfather Floyd worked at Alden for sixty years but Wyatt spent over ten years racing motocross around … Read more

Taft Dragon Boot Review – Does It Live Up to the Hype?

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This boot has been discontinued — check out my review of its successor, the Taft Dragon 2.0! Taft is a direct-to-consumer footwear company that was founded in 2013 by Kory and Mallory Stevens. In less than three years, the two of them bootstrapped their company to considerable success — a 2017 Forbes profile put the … Read more

Goodyear Welt Vs. Blake Stitch Vs. Cement — Which is Best?

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Even though it doesn’t refer to leather quality, or style, or country of origin, or the material of the sole, it’s fair to say that the words “Goodyear welt” have become synonymous with high quality footwear. In fact, the number one online forum for discussing high-end men’s boots on Reddit decided to take the term … Read more