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STITCHDOWN x MARK ALBERT BOOTS “ROADMASTER” DERBY SHOE
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 PARKHURST “NIGHTHAWK” KUDU ALLEN BOOT
This one was incredibly popular, surely partially because of Parkhurt’s fantastically clean Allen pattern and also a $50 discount for SDP members. It sold out in a flash, but Andrew from Parkhurst and I are looking to do another run soon—stay tuned!
STITCHDOWN x ALDEN “STITCHUP” SHELL CORDOVAN BOOT: Photos coming soon!
White’s Boots are monsters in the best way possible. Made in Spokane since 1915, most are are hand-lasted and hand-welted, employ crazily thick leather heel counters and shanks, and feature, on many of their boots, White’s famed Arch-Ease arch—it’s substantial, and honesty feels a BIT different at first, but once you get used to it, it’s wildly supportive and honestly really fun (in a very shoe-nerdy way).
While White’s Smokejumpers and their spawn the 350s are born from their trademark wildland firefighting boots, their Semi-Dress boots are one of the icons of boots, period, and their Town line, including their Main Street boots, is definitely a bit more refined.
Each lucky winner will have their pick of anything that’s currently in-stock on the White’s website.
Mallorcan shoemaker Meermin crafts some of the best-value shoes in the entire world in a range of styles swinging from the above oxfords to loafers, monks, and some fantastic boots. Read the Stitchdown Conversation with Meermin’s Pepe Albaladejo to learn more.
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.
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.
Past Giveaways (To Give You a Sense of What Might Be Next)
Grant Stone makes very top-quality boots and shoes—and three lucky winners have already filled their closets with pairs. Stay tuned for more Grant Stone giveaways!
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.
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.
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.
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.