Australian brand Feit presents their new “Double Stitchdown” boot, a luxury hand made version of a classic desert boot.
The Double Stitchdown is built from start to finish by a single master craftsman. The upper is stretched over the last, flanged out and sewn by hand to the sole. This hand sewn lock stitch is made up of a top and a bottom stitch which are then inter-stitched, so as a result, the stitching will not unravel, even if a stitch is removed. Shoes with stitchdown construction can use leathers of a higher oil and fat content which leads to a very supple feel.
It is then left on the last for up to ten days where light steam is let into the room, its moisture falling on the shoes. This process allows the humidity to tighten the shoe on the last, ensuring a superior shape and fit.
We have used the finest Italian vegetable leathers, using minimal, dyes, chemicals and pigments so the hide remains as close as possible to its natural state. You can pick up a pair of these beautifully crafted boots at Feit.
Italian label Diemme originally created the Tibet boot as part of their hunting range, but the style has quickly become popular among the fashion set. Imagined in a pebbled leather ‘Bucarest’ colorways, the rugged boot features a heavily padded collar and improved bridge support. Anchoring the Tibet boot is a Montagna Block Vibram sole; often favored by policemen and firefighters for superior traction. Diemme’s Tibet is now available via New York’s Kith for $585 USD.
The Short Hunting Boot is a reworking of probably the most recognized silhouette to come out of the Yuketen workshops, perfectly demonstrating Yuki Matsuda’s expert eye for detail and love of heritage American footwear. Crafted from the finest materials available, this timeless style is based on North American huntsman footwear, updated for 2013 with a Vibram sole and full grain leather uppers.
Part of the Classic Dress Beckman collection, the 9013 boot is modelled upon Red Wing’s classic styling. This iteration features a robust 6″ Roccia sole unit and plain Round Toe detail. The uppers are constructed from Chestnut Featherstone, a leather produced at Red Wing’s S.B. Foot Tannery in Featherstone, MN., which can be polished keeping their dress styling.
Red Wing Heritage is changing things up on their 875 and 877 boot models to return to the original silhouettes that first came to market 61 years ago. Rather than the typical Oro-iginal leather used on previous editions of the 6-inch and 8-inch moc-toe boots, Red Wing is moving to Oro Legacy: a “more natural richly colored leather that harkens back to the days when Red Wing’s salesmen recalled pulling boots out of the box ‘slick with oil.’” Another feature of the “Oro-legacy” leather is that it will develop a fine patina over the years, making them uniquely your own.
We have to say we’re pretty excited to have come across the New England Outerwear Co., and specifically these “Mountaineer” boots. As they themselves say, “Each stitch is sewn by a craftsmen or women with over 20 years experience making footwear. True moccasin constructions allows a shoe to wrap, shape, and mold to your foot. The more you wear them, the more they become customized to your foot; and in our opinion become more beautiful with age. The vamp kicker are hand sewn by awl and needle, this allows the shoe to be crafted onto the last, and the handsewer uses their skill to adjust and fit the shape, so that each shoe starts out a bit different, and ready to take the shape of your foot.”
You can pick up a pair of these highly limited boots here.
New York label Modern Vice has just released this look at their new “King Kudu” trucker boot. For those who aren’t familiar, the “King Kudu” boot is hand-made from Kudu leather (the kudu is a species of African Antelope), which looks stunning in the flat-black colorway pictured above. Finishing off the boot is a substantial Italian-made Vibram sole and a padded collar for comfort. Learn more about the “King Kudu” boot at Modern Vice.
The plain toe 145 oxford boot is one of Viberg’s most recognized styles and when built on their traditional work last it provides our favoured silhouette. Our latest version for Spring is constructed from four different roughout leathers on the Vibram 2021 sole. The brushed natural chromexcel toe and icy mocha chromexcel outstep make up the base while the english tan heel and chocolate brown instep provide the contrast for a subtle and unique multi-tone shoe. Made in Canada, you can pick up your pair here online.
Ronnie Fieg and Grenson have teamed up for a Capsule Collection of boots that are far and away our favorite of the year so far. The new ‘Spike V’ and ‘Fred V’ are rendered in premium waxed/burnished grey leather and sit on top of Italian-made Vibram soles. Design elements include a two-toned design marked with its ridged toe and smooth upper body on the Spike, while the Fred complements any outfit with its sleek brogue detailing and red leather heel spike synonymous with Grenson. The Ronnie Fieg for Grenson collection are made at the storied Grenson factory in the UK and can be purchased now at Kith NYC’s Online Shop.