Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide

Patina Thunderdome 2022-2023 Early Registration

1 pair of new boots or shoes.

6 months.

1 goal: wear a new pair of boots or shoes the way they were MEANT to be worn.

(Oh and you might win a trip to Tokyo)

The 2nd Annual Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome is a six-month, judged footwear patina and aging contest that will begin October 1, 2022 and run through April 1, 2023.

The objective, and how winners will be judged for a bevy of prizes (definitely a lot of boots!), is simple and pure: to wear a new pair of boots or shoes as they were MEANT to be worn—consistently, lovingly. Worn to do things that great footwear can do, but too often doesn’t. But never, ever beaten unnecessarily. Worn…honestly.

Here’s the whole idea: start with a new pair of boots or shoes, and then go live your damn life in them. Let the boots tell their story, and yours. And let everyone see it. 

Speaking of that, you can get a taste of what the inaugural Thunderdome was like via the @stitchdownpatinathunderdome Instagram account, or by seeing every single boot in the 2022-2023 Dome in searchable fashion (leather, maker, model) on the Patina Project App.


The Fabulous Prizes

We’ll be adding the entire prize list to this page as more amazing, benevolent sponsors come on board. But for now, let’s focus on the Grand Prize: a TRIP TO TOKYO (flight + three nights hotel) AND A PAIR OF CLINCH BOOTS, courtesy of Standard & Strange and Brass Tokyo. So that’s good. 

Stay tuned for more sponsor and prize announcements coming soon!


Some Things To Know!

-The Thunderdome competition’s official home will be the Stitchdown Premium Discord server. By the start of the 2022-2023 Thunderdome, all participants must become a member of the honestly amazing community we’re building in said Discordand in good ol’ fashioned real life. 

-Sponsors and prizes are still being finalized (hey, we just finished the last Dome!), but 1) for the first Dome I’ll modestly say they were quite good, and 2) you’ll be getting plenty of updates by pre-registering and getting on the Thunderdome newsletter list. 

-Pre-registering for the Thunderdome does not require you to enter the contest, or to join the Stitchdown Premium Discord community—but it’s definitely the best way to stay updated on what’s happening, and help you make that decision. 


I simply cannot wait to see what all of you unleash in October—and get plenty of updates on what you’re thinking about wearing before that.  


Ben Robinson

Founder and Editor in Chief, Stitchdown

Pre-Register for the Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Two (Starts Oct 1 2022)
This is all we need for now—stay tuned for plenty more details!