The 9 Best Leathers for Boots

When you step into the world of high quality boots, you’ll likely find that brands have several leather options for each model they have. Whether you go ready-to-wear or custom made, a boot with a different leather upper, even if everything else about the construction is identical, can have a significantly different vibe and function.So … 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

The 10 Best Leather Tanneries on Earth

Everyone knows that a great boot starts with great leather. But where does that leather come from? It starts with the expertise of the tannery, where raw hides are transformed into the highest quality leather through the alchemy of the tanning process. There are countless of tanneries out there — really, we’ve reviewed everything from … Read more

Top Grain’s Better Than Full Grain, and More Leather Myth Busting

Click around the internet and most articles on leather types split them into three categories: full grain, top grain, and genuine leather. Full grain is made from the top layer of the animal’s hide, top grain has the top layer sanded away, and genuine leather is reviled the most, since it has no grain and … Read more