Why Hand Welted Boots are Better Than Goodyear Welted

The term “Goodyear welted” is often used as a mark of quality for men’s boots. In fact, people quite often will not even consider buying a pair of boots if they are not Goodyear welted. In some ways, this is prudent. For entry level boots (less than $200), you will often find boots that are … Read more

Review: Sutro’s Alder Is the Impatient Man’s Boot

Sutro is a San Francisco based footwear company, and the city is very much in Sutro’s DNA. The boots are all named after places in the city and even the company itself is named after Adolph Sutro, the 24th mayor of San Francisco. They’re pretty well known for their low prices, Italian lasts, and the … Read more

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Pair of Boots

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?

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?

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?

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