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.
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.
In honor of tonight’s BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide and the team’s quest for an undefeated season, adidas will equip Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish with the new adidas adiZero 5-Star 2.0. Even lighter than its predecessor and weighing in at just 6.7 ounces, the adiZero 5-Star 2.0 is the lightest and fastest cleat in football. Utilizing the latest evolutions of adidas’ SPRINTSKIN and SPRINTWEB technologies, the cleat couples a single-layer synthetic with an internal TPU frame, molded PU sockliner and innovate TRAXION studs for superior support, comfort and grip. Appearing in a Collegiate Navy/White colorway with gold accents and reflective SPOTLIGHT technology, the Fighting Irish edition of the adidas adiZero 5-Star 2.0 is now available online – complete with commemorative packaging – for $200 USD. Only time will tell if it’s enough to help the Irish defeat the powerhouse SEC Alabama Crimson Tide.
To finish off a fantastic 2012 for both outfits, Canadian retailer Haven and designer of his day Mark McNairy have teamed up on a Holiday 2012 offering. Made up of three silhouettes: the ‘Derby Cap Toe Boot’, the ‘Country Brogue Boot’, and the ‘Army Grain Derby Shoe’, the collection is tight but refined and perfect for finishing off the year. The Derby Cap Toe Boot is an update take on last year’s offering, featuring a black suede upper contrasted with a navy leather toecap and heel stripe. The Country Brogue Boot features a brogue-patterned heel cap and matching heel strip. The Army Grain Derby Shoe gets a distinctly streetwear look, using a pebbled army leather upper contrasted with a white Vibram Cristy sole and yellow storm welt. All three items are now available at Haven’s Online Shop.
Yesterday, Converse announced the launch of its First String Standards Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ‘Made in Maine’ boot for the Holiday 2012 season. A limited-edition boot that plays off the heritage of Converse and American manufacturing, the boot is being made in partnership with the Highland Shoe Company in New England.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine Collection launches November 30th, 2012 at Converse boutiques in New York City and Boston, and select First String retailers globally. Sadly, only 80 pairs will be available and the boots will retail for $350 USD, which means they’ll probably be snapped up before all but the luckiest individuals have time to even glimpse them in person.
Starting in 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda has paid homage to American crafts and traditions by choosing the most durable and authentic materials for his footwear. For Fall 2012, the Maine Guide Boots are made anew with models featuring camouflage wool, pony hair, cerise leather and full Horween leather. Each fit comes with heel pulls, heavyweight leather laces and Vibram soles for comfort and durability. The Yuketen Maine Guide Boots can be purchased at Kith NYC and online for between $550-$605 USD.
A couple of well-known British brands come together in this promising collaboration collection. Gloverall, masters of the Duffle-Coat and Dr Martens, makers of comfortable, durable shoes with the patented ‘Bouncing Soul’. Using ‘C-cloth’, an exclusive Gloverall fabric, the classic 1460 8 hole boot and 1461 3 eye shoe is created in two colours, black and brown, all featuring checked woolen lining, contrasting calf leather binding and a toggle to finish it all off.
The limited-edition Garbstore x Grenson collection for Fall/Winter 2012 features a monkstrap shoe reworked in Navy and Mushroom calf leather suede and English crepe soles. The High Leg Boot, meanwhile, provides a little more protection from seasonal elements with an 8-eyelet silhouette , its uppers constructed from luxury calf leather suede and a calf heel panel. Elsewhere, a hand-cut welted sole provides durability and a dose of traditional style. As always, both footwear options are benchmade by hand in Northampton, England.
From Eototo’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection comes this stylish Shearling-Lined Mouton Boot. The upper is crafted from a softened beige leather and features a contrasting leather heel panel. A crepe sole anchors the boot and features a slight heel to keep from bogging down in light snow. Available in both black and beige colorways, you can pick a pair up at LN-CC for about $1184 USD.