Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week: Serious Sneakers from Crown & Hiro, Addictive Chelseas & More
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by Zaid Hintzman
2w ago
Yes we kinda like boots over here—but that means we also get excited when makers with welted credentials push the boundaries of what you can do on a sneaker (and make it resolable). We’ve got two examples of just that from Hiro Yanagamachi and Crown Northampton, alongside a… well… dashing v-tip makeup from a certain Chicago shop, Grant Stone’s new women’s loafer, and more, in the latest Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week. You’ll find more shoes and boots from more weeks in our archives here. [Ed Note: while we never choose anything specifically because of them, some of these recommendations contain a ..read more
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It’s Here: Grant Stone’s New Women’s “Clara” Loafer
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by Zaid Hintzman
2w ago
Launching two years ago with the Nora plain toe boot, Grant Stone’s women’s line is something of an outlier: Goodyear welted boots on patterns and lasts designed from the ground up with build quality and components identical to their mens boots. Why that still makes them said outlier frankly leaves us a little baffled. There is certainly a dearth of recraftable, resolable women’s footwear in general. We also see brands making welted mens footwear, then charging the same prices for cemented women’s footwear…well it doesn’t quite add up (literally). But Grant Stone continues to be noteworthy, ex ..read more
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Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week: New Nicks Cypress, Lots o’ Loafers, Some Top-Notch Sales, and More
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by Zaid Hintzman
3w ago
As Ben recovers from galavanting through a best-hits-list of Japanese bootmakers in Tokyo (lots and lots of video coming!!), I’m here to reiterate that the pre-order deadline for our Russell Fishing Oxford makeups have been extended through Friday May 24th. Because it’s only fitting, we’ve also got twenty four new shoes and boots for you this week, plus some sales. Woo. You’ll find those Fishing Oxfords, a new collaboration between Rose Anvil and JK, some aggressively well sculpted Zerrows boots, Nicks’ excellent new Color 8 Cypress leather, and more, in the latest: Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week ..read more
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How the 195-Year-Old Tricker’s Factory Never Stops Innovating (Thanks to Some Pushing)
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by Ben Robinson
1M ago
Even admist the spectrum of very old shoemakers in the very old shoemaking epicenter of Northampton, England, you won’t find one a day older than Tricker’s. Founded in 1829 before moving to its new factory on a stretch of St Michael’s Road in 1904, Tricker’s is as classic as classic footwear manufacturers get. Just picking up one of their Bourton or Stow models makes something very clear: Tricker’s still makes ’em exactly like they used to. But while the underlying construction of a Tricker’s country brogue may (hopefully!) never change, that doesn’t mean that every so often, the factory is as ..read more
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Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week: Our Very Own Russell Collab, A Sprung-Toe Trio and Division Road, a Whole Lot of RDT at Standard & Strange, and more
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by Zaid Hintzman
1M ago
So, you probably like boots and shoes. You likely wouldn’t be on this incredibly nerdy website if you didn’t! Maybe trying them on for hours at a time, to finally find that perfect size and then just explode with joy. Let’s imagine you enjoy talking about boots and shoes with other good people who like boots and shoes, deep deep into the night, as Steve from Bedo’s puffs a cigar and cackles. If you or someone you know is struggling with any of these afflictions, you should probably come to our Boot Camp mega-event this October 12 & 13th, 2024, in Brooklyn. Even if you live nowhere nea ..read more
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Chisos Founder Will Roman on How Cowboy Boots Will Save Us All
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by Ben Robinson
1M ago
For the closeout episode of season 11 (wtf???) of the Stitchdown Shoecast, I sat down with Will Roman, founder of Chisos Boots, a young and growing brand out of Austin, Texas that I dare say offers one of the best values in a legitimately well made, well designed cowboy boot. We chat about how Chisos in some ways started with a lemonade stand, how Will ended up in León Mexico and fell in love with a small father-son workshop that makes Chisos to this day, where Chisos veers from cowboy bootmaking tradition and where it’s extremely firmly rooted in it, his take on cowboy boot gatekeeping, and ..read more
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Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week: Luxe Viberg Suede at Division Road, Rancourt’s new Khaki Collection, Historic Tassel Loafers at Brogue, and more
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by Zaid Hintzman
2M ago
Turns out Spring means suede! This time around we’ve got as many Viberg releases as we can remember, Rancourt’s new khaki collection, Alden loafers (and a history lesson) from Brogue, Oak Streets, and more, in the latest: Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week! Metaroundup? Check! Find all the Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the week here. [Ed Note: while we never choose anything specifically because of them, some of these recommendations contain affiliate links—the price is the same for you, but Stitchdown gets a small commission if you make a purchase. It’s essential to keeping the site alive, so we really, re ..read more
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Every Single Winner from the 2023-24 Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome
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by Ben Robinson
2M ago
All boots look better worn hard and loved deeply. Not exactly a controversial statement! But we decided to put it to really the test all over again, in the third-annual Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome presented by Grant Stone, Nicks Boots, and Standard & Strange. The 2023-24 edition of the Dome represents the first time we had 1000 pairs entered—1,116 to be exact. Thunderdome boots hit the ground on every continent other than Antartica, unless someone was just oddly quiet about their visit. One trillion (*approx) steps were taken. Houses were built. Bacon grease was spilled. Soles were repla ..read more
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Exploring What “Handmade” Truly Means With Leatherworker and Bootmaker Bob Henderson
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by Ben Robinson
2M ago
For the penultimate episode of the 11th season of the Stitchdown Shoecast, I’m quite excited indeed to be chatting with the just ridiculously talented man they call Bob Henderson. Bob is the operations manager at Popov Leather, the bustling leathergoods workshop over yonder in British Columbia, Canada—and over the last few years has been sucked up by the indomitable tractor beam known as bootmaking, operating as Bob Henderson Handmade Boots. In a nice and rangy chat, Bob and I get into how Popov came to be and has managed to become a major player in the ever-more-crowded wallets, belts, and o ..read more
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Fritz Sr. and Jr. of Seidel Tanning on the Art, Science, and Challenges of Making Leather
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by Ben Robinson
2M ago
This time Ben sits down with two, count ‘em TWO Fritz Seidels: Fritz Jr. and Fritz Sr., who every day are continuing on the tradition of the four-generation, 79-year-old Siedel Tanning Corp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to getting the lowdown on some longtime Seidel favorite leathers and overlooked gems, we get into Seidel’s history and fluid approach to tanning and meeting shifting market demands, what in the hell all that machinery in a tannery is doing all day long, why making heavyweight boot leathers is so damn tough—and of course, cows getting diaper rash. Give it a listen below ..read more
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