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The Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome: THE Boot & Shoe Aging Contest

The Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome TWO presented by Grant Stone, Nicks Boots, and Standard & Strange, is a six-month, judged footwear patina contest that will begin October 1 2022 and run through April 1 2023.

 

REGISTER FOR THE THUNDERDOME NOW ON THE PATINA PROJECT APP

 

The objective, and how winners will be judged, 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 (note: from here on out, “boots” can mean both boots and shoes), and then go live your damn life in them.

Let the boots tell their story, and yours. And let everyone see it.

The Thunderdome competition will route through the Dome-customized Patina Project app for monthly submissions and  Stitchdown Premium Discord (all Thunderdome contestants must be a member of the Stitchdown Premium community for the duration of the contest—learn more here) for conversation and general revelry. 

They’ll also be shot out into the boot-loving world on the @stitchdown and @stitchdownpatinathunderdome IG handles.

Keep reading for contest rules, and the honestly kinda insane prize list provided by our amazing sponsors.

If you have any questions at all, we’re always available at thunderdome@stitchdown.com. And we’d love to hear from you.

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CONTEST RULES

The 2022-23 Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—which begins on Oct 1, 2022 and runs through April 1, 2023—will have two entry categories: “Work” and “Open”, each with their own distinct judges and prize lineup.

All rules below apply to both the Work Dome and Open Dome.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE WORK DOME AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO CATEGORIES HERE

  • You can enter the Thunderdome with ANY type of footwear. High quality welted leather boots or shoes: those are a given. But sneakers, sandals—all very fine. Wear what you love!
  • All footwear must be unworn previous to the beginning of the contest. Yes, tried on inside is totally fine. 
  • Please do not over-edit your submission photos (or best, do not edit them at all). Judges will be looking for boots whose condition and color and as close to how they look in real life as possible. Over-aggressive editing can endanger that.
  • The contest will begin on Oct 1 2022, and continue through April 1, 2023. 
  • There will once again be a late-entry window open from Nov 1-5, 2022. Thunderdome entries will be closed following Nov 5. All late-entry pairs must be new and unworn when photos are submitted between Nov 1 and Nov 5. 
  • All contestants must become members of the Stitchdown Premium community by October 5th, 2022. Consider it a small entry fee (early subscriber rate through July 1: $5/month or $50 for a year) for the opportunity to win a piece of a growing prize pool that will again be gigantic. Our hope is that you’ll find the community so damned wonderful that you’ll want to stay long beyond then! Learn more about Stitchdown Premium and join here—we’ll see you in the Discord.
  • All contestants MUST submit a small series of photos by the deadline each month throughout the competition, from the 1st to 5th of each month, to remain in contention for prizes (more info on specific submission details to come as contest draws closer)
  • Patina is the name of the game. Footwear will be judged on how effectively it develops into a visibly well-loved, wholly unique, beautifully worn pair. This is your pair—live in them as much as you can.
  • Extremely important: the goal is not to intentionally destroy a pair of wonderful boots or shoes beyond recognition—those simply will not win—but rather to create and share with the world a memento of seven months of your/the footwear’s life, and to proudly end the contest with a pair that has years and years of very happy life left in it. 

HERE ARE THE COMPLETE OFFICIAL RULES

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PRIZES

We’re beyond honored by what our incredible sponsors have contributed: this prize list will continue to grow as we approach the Oct 1, 2022 start date—be sure to check back in.

BEST IN DOME GRAND PRIZE

OPEN DOME PRIZES

Open Dome prizes will work as such: whichever contestant is determined by the judging panel to be the first-place winner will select their choice of any of the above prizes. The second-place winner will be able to select any of the prizes other than what the first-place winner selected. And so on…

Somewhat obviously, certain sizing restrictions will apply (if you’re a size 19 and your preferred prize is from a sponsor who doesn’t make size 19, it’s somewhat hard for them to get you a size 19). But you can rest assured that all winners will leave quite happy.

WORK DOME PRIZES

  • 1st Place: Nicks shell cordovan Builder Pro boots
  • 2nd Place: Nicks Made-to-Order Pair (no shell cordovan available here or below)
  • 3rd Place: Nicks MTO pair
  • 4th Place: Nicks stock pair
  • 5th Place: Nicks stock pair
  • 6th Place: Nicks stock pair
  • 7th Place: Nicks stock pair
  • 8th Place: Nicks tool belt
  • 9th Place: Nicks tool belt
  • 10th Place: Nicks tool belt
  • 11th Place: Nicks belt
  • 12th Place: Nicks belt
  • 13th Place: Nicks belt
  • 14th Place: Nicks ultimate boot care kit
  • 15th Place: Nicks ultimate boot care kit
  • People’s Choice Award for the Work Dome: Nicks MTO pair

EXCEPTIONAL SPONSORS’ BOOTS PRIZES

These prizes will be collaboratively awarded by judges across BOTH the Work and Open Thunderdome categories to contestants 1) who complete the Thunderdome wearing boots made by or purchased from a sponsor listed below, and 2) whose boots did NOT place in the top 15 for either the Work or Open Domes.

  • Exceptional Grant Stone Pair Winner: 1 custom pair of Grant Stone shoes or boots
  • Exceptional Nicks Boots Pair Winner: 1 Nicks Boots MTO pair of shoes or boots
  • Exceptional Brooklyn Clothing Pair—Canadian Contestants Only: 1 pair of boots or shoes from Brooklyn Clothing
  • Exceptional Brooklyn Clothing Pair—NON-Canadian Contestants Only: 1 pair of boots or shoes from Brooklyn Clothing
  • Exceptional Tricker’s Pair Winner: 1 pair of Tricker’s Stow boots
  • Exceptional Lost & Found Pair Winner: 1 pair of boots or shoes from Lost & Found
  • Exceptional Wesco Pair Winner: 1 pair of 100th anniversary Wesco boots
  • Exceptional Sagara Pair Winner: 1 pair of ready-to-wear boots or shoes from Sagara Bootmaker, or a $500 MTO voucher
  • Exceptional White’s Boots Pair Winner: 1 pair of MTO White’s Boots
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MAN DO WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS

The Patina Thunderdome simply would not be possible without our amazing sponsors and their incredibly generous prize donations. We urge you endlessly to support them both within the Thunderdome, and in your everyday footwear-loving life.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Grant Stone Logo

One of the best GYW footwear values you’ll find anywhere

GrantStoneShoes.com

Nicks Boots Logo

Beautiful boots that just happen to be indestructible since 1964.

NicksBoots.com

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One of the coolest men’s shops in the world, hands-down.  

 StandardandStrange.com

SPONSORS

Brooklyn Clothing Co. Logo

Selling handcrafted boots from Viberg, Wesco, and White’s.

BrooklynClothing.com

Incredible custom belts made with exclusive J&FJ Baker leather.

CarmineJackLeather.com

The Wesco, White’s, Crockett, and Tricker’s makeup maestros.

DivisionRoadInc.com

Viberg, Alden, and Paraboot makeups par excellence.

ShopLostFound.com

NF Bootmaker Logo

One boot at a time, entirely built by hand. 

Learn more about NF Bootmaker

A rare collaboration between the Norwegian virtuoso and one of China’s finest bootmakers.

Read Up on Iron x Østmo

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The original Indonesian handmade bootmaker, and one of the best.

SagaraBootmaker.com

Tricker's Logo

The creator of the country boot, and England’s oldest shoemaker.

Trickers.com

Wesco Boots Logo

104 years old and standing the gaff better than ever. 

WescoBoots.com

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Viberg collaborator extraordinaire, plus top-flight menswear.

WitheredFig.com

OUR JUDGES

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Our judges are wonderful, fair, caring, and incredibly interesting footwear- and leather-obsessed individuals. Do not try to hoodwink them; they are unhoodwinkable. 

The very nature of this particular industry and passion means that all judges will have ties to one or more brands or shops, but measures will be in place to ensure they remain uncompromised.

OPEN DOME JUDGES

  • Neil Berrett: Founder, Standard & Strange
  • Wyatt Gilmore: Founder, Grant Stone
  • Jesse Ducommun: Founder, Guarded Goods

WORK DOME JUDGES

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