Stitchdown’s deep journalistic coverage of the quality men’s shoe world is far from free to produce, and takes a tremendous amount of time—which is why your support is essential to keeping it alive and thriving.

Which is why we launched Stitchdown Premium, the membership program that allows you to offer that deeply needed financial support to Stitchdown, which you can contribute for just $5 a month.

But we thought you deserved more. Which is why we teamed up with some fantastic brands to give you incentives of all kinds, every week. Like giveaways you’ll actually want. Substantial discounts (at least 25%). Exclusive access to collaborations with shoemakers doing it the right way, like Alden, Mark Albert Boots, and Wesco. A marketplace full of samples, seconds, last sizes and other boots and shoes at incredible prices. And other things too—Stitchdown Premium-only pre-sales, pre-pre-sales, waived MTO fees, and plenty more.

This page will host all upcoming collabs, discounts, giveaways, and other Stitchdown Premium benefits, and also what we’ve done in the past, to give you a sense of what’s coming down the road. So, bookmark it! (Do people still do that?)

And of course, sign up for Stitchdown Premium! Your support is invaluable, and it’s easy how quickly you can earn your donation back in no time. Thank you! Seriously, once again: thank you.

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Exclusive Collaborations

Stitchdown x Mark Albert Boots Roadmaster DerbySTITCHDOWN x MARK ALBERT BOOTS “ROADMASTER” DERBY SHOE: release date coming soon!

Mark and I worked for a VERY long time to figure this one out. The Roadmaster name comes dervies from the leather, Horween’s beloved Chromexcel in a shade you rarely see: Havana Brown.

I’ve long been obsessed with the old American cars in Cuba (specifically Havana), and the Buick Roadmaster is amongst the most ubiquitous. The Roadmaster name also says a lot about what this shoe is capable of—especially thanks to its Vibram 430 mini-lug sole, which can handle whatever the road (or sidewalk, or trail, or office floor) throws at you. The edges, like seemingly every car in Havana, are heavily antiqued and burnished. And the gold eyelets provide provide some real pop.

Put it all together and you’ve got one extremely wearable, versatile, Goodyear welted, made in the USA shoe that’s built like a boot.

STITCHDOWN x ALDEN “STITCHUP” SHELL CORDOVAN BOOT: Announcement coming soon!

STITCHDOWN x WESCO CUSTOM JOBMASTER: Announcement coming soon!

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Upcoming Giveaways

Grant Stone GIveaway—Ottawa Boots

GRANT STONE SHOES AND BOOTS

Grant Stone does classics—longwing and plain toe bluchers, beautifully simple penny loafers, and a recently expanded range of boots— the way classics are meant to be done. It doesn’t hurt that the brand’s founder Wyatt Gilmore is steeped in Alden-ness: his dad and grandad (for 60 years!!) both worked for the iconic shoemaker, and Grant Stone shares its classic design sensibilities as well as its commitment to making an exceptional, no corners-cut product.

A pair of anything they’ve got in stock—and they go up to 13EEE in a nice handful of models—will be up for grabs for three Stitchdown Premium members.Beckett Simonon Durant

BECKETT SIMONON SHOES

Beckett Simonon makes some of the best high-quality affordable shoes of any brand—which become even better, and even more affordable, when they’re free. We’ll be giving away three pairs to Stitchdown Premium members—your pick of anything on their site in your size (which for Beckett is 7 through 14).

Boardroom Socks

BOARDROOM SOCKS

Owned and run by a family that’s been in the textile game since 1837, Boardroom crafts some deeply excellent merino wool and pima cotton socks in traditional mid-calf heights. But their signature model is actually an over-the-calf sock, which hikes up like a soccer sock to ensure you don’t fall victim to Saggy Sock Syndrome when the timing is worst. Also, they’re far more comfortable than you might imagine—I have a few pairs and and I legitimately love how my legs felt sheathed all day.

Boardroom will be sending three-pair packages to a whole bunch of lucky Stitchdown Premium subscribers at different points along the way.

Armstrong's All Natural Shoe Care Kit

ARMSTRONG’S ALL NATURAL LEATHER CARE PRODUCTS

Owning great shoes and not taking care of them is a high crime. Enter Armstrong’s All Natural, a boutique operation that produces—proving there is truth in advertising—100% natural leather care products with zero petroleum-based or synthetic ingredients.

10 Stitchdown Premium members will be fully prepared to care thanks to giveaways of Armstrong’s tidy Tubular Shoe Care Kit, which provides everything you need: boot wax, leather conditioner, a horsehair brush and application dauber, and a couple high-shine flannels. I personally use Armstrong’s products and while I recommend this kit for heartier boot leathers, they have plenty of range beyond that.

Comfy Socks

COMFY SOCKS

Hong Kong’s Comfy Socks has only been around since 2017, but they’ve already made a huge impact with people who demand comfort and flair in a nice, tidy package. A few dozen lucky Stitchdown Premium members will learn that firsthand free via sock packages in the coming weeks.

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Discounts

Boardroom Socks

BOARDROOM SOCKS

Owned and run by a family that’s been in the textile game since 1837, Boardroom crafts some deeply excellent merino wool and pima cotton socks in traditional mid-calf heights. But their signature model is actually an over-the-calf sock, which hikes up like a soccer sock to ensure you don’t fall victim to Saggy Sock Syndrome when the timing is worst. Also, they’re far more comfortable than you might imagine—I have a few pairs and and I legitimately love how my legs felt sheathed all day.

Boardroom will be doing bigger discounts for Stitchdown Premium subscribers—25% off—than they ever have before—stay tuned.

ARMSTRONG’S ALL NATURAL LEATHER CARE PRODUCTS

Owning great shoes and not taking care of them is a high crime. Enter Armstrong’s All Natural, a boutique operation that produces—proving there is truth in advertising—100% natural leather care products with zero petroleum-based or synthetic ingredients. Armstrong’s will be offering 25% off all their products, including leather conditioner, boot wax, leather oil, saddle soap, brushes, Tubular Shoe Care Kits, and more—including non-shoe stuff like their beautiful dopp kits.

Comfy Socks

COMFY SOCKS

Hong Kong’s Comfy Socks has only been around since 2017, but they’ve already made a huge impact with people who demand comfort and flair in a nice, tidy package. And what better way to try them out than at a 30% discount? It’s coming up soon.

Other Fantastic Exclusive Stuff

PRE-PRE-SALE ACCESS TO NEW SHELL CORDOVAN BOOTS FROM JOHN LOFGREN AND STANDARD & STRANGE

These have been top-secret for a long time, so I can’t exactly go and blow that now. But let’s just say the good Mr. Lofgren and the gang at infallible Oakland men’s shop Standard & Strange went to Japan’s Shinki tannery and said, “show us the shell that you’re most excited about”—and have been spending months since working with it, to ensure Lofgren’s signature level of perfection. Stitchdown Premium will be the exclusive pre-pre-sale partner for Standard & Strange for these stunning, secret (for just a little while longer) boots. 

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Past Giveaways (To Give You a Sense of What Might Be Next)

Sperry Handcrafted in Maine Ranger Mocs

SPERRY GOLD CUP HANDCRAFTED IN MAINE SHOES

Sperry has been making boat shoes since 1935, when Paul Sperry quite literally invented them. When I talked with Sperry about this partnership, I insisted on offering their silly-comfortable, top-of-the-line Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine collection for the giveaway—and the good people at Sperry said they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Winners were able to pick from anything in stock on Sperry’s site, including boat shoes, drivers, penny loafers, and my personal favorite boat shoe design, the Ranger Moc (those are mine above, in waxed SB Foot Hard Time leather).