Seven months. 457 pairs. Made by exactly 100 brands. 271 different leathers. Contestants from 29 countries around the world (shout-out Cyprus!). 17 pairs of handmade boots. Literally every square ounce of boot-and-shoe-loving enthusiasm that could be wrung from this world of ours.

That’s where the inaugural Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome presented by Grant Stone, Standard & Strange, and Wesco began.

So where did it end up?

330 pairs intrepid crossing the finish line, an estimated 25 million steps taken in them, brilliant and personal and moving essays written by every contender, and a panel of esteemed judges faced with some of the toughest decisions of their lives.

But they did it! You all did it. We did it.

The Thunderdome directive was simple: make people pick a pair, commit to it, and wearing it hard, but lovingly and honestly. And man did everyone deliver on that. But the bigger goal was to create the world’s largest reference of how boots and shoes and incredibly specific leathers age over time. That ability to peer into the future—what will your next pair look like? What do you want out of it? Where do you want to go together?

Well, we definitely did that. We’ll be posting all manner of Dome-fueled content right here on this site—but you can also spend time with every single picture from the Thunderdome (over 20,000 of them!) in the excellent Patina Project app, where you can also sort by leather, maker, or model. It’s fantastic. I highly recommend you spend some serious time with it.

Huge thanks to every single one of our sponsors: Brooklyn Clothing, Carmine Jack, Division Road, Dr. Sole, Frank’s Boot Company, Guarded Goods, Iron Heart, Jim Green, Meermin, Nicks Handmade Boots, Oak Street Bootmakers, Østmo Bootmaker, Parkhurst, Rancourt & Co, Rose Anvil, Sagara, Signet, Tricker’s, Trinity Handmade, Viberg, and Withered Fig.

And the very same to our judges, some of the whip-smartest leather and boots people in the world: Wyatt Gilmore from Grant Stone, Neil Berrett from Standard & Strange, Tim Singler of Titletown Goods, and mister Guarded Goods himself, Jesse Ducommun. (Vic Tsao from Dr. Sole, we missed you so much! Next time!)

But now…the boots! And shoes!!

Here are your top 25 winners of the inaugural Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome. A massive congratulations to each of you. You’ve done something that shouldn’t be important at all, and yet is monumentally important. That’s special.


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1st Place: Your 2021-2022 Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Champion

Steven Lee

IG: @ibehangry

Viberg x Lost & Found Service Boot

Horween Natural Chromexcel

We probably considered a dozen pairs as first-place contenders (certainly all of the top 10), but in the end, one of the simplest boots ended up standing out as the platonic ideal of what this Thunderdome competition represents. These Viberg brogue cap toe Service Boots—a long running Lost & Found staple special makeup with an unstructured toe box—boots are beyond perfect, but most importantly, they’re ready to remain that way for years to come.

The natural CXL displays everything it can do when split thick, worn hard, and cared for the way it deserves. Every single crease and roll is in the right place. The depth of color is like the Marianas Trench. And just the way that the midsole edge stain has chipped away so darn honestly and beautifully. They’re just so good.

There’s often talk of the CXL lottery; you may just write these off as a $500 million winner and continue on with your day. But what the esteemed judges discussed—especially after seeing dozens of CXL pairs that were absolutely beautiful and completely lacking in “bad” break—is basically this: if it’s thick, and is wielded by a maker holding deep experience with the leather, Horween’s Chromexcel eternally holds the potential to become something stupendous. This isn’t news! But damn if it isn’t an excellent reminder.

Seven Months of Wear

stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL

Day 1

stichdown patina thunderdome—viberg x lost & found service boot horween natural CXL—NEW


2nd Place

Januar Dwi Juang

IG: @januardwijuang

Benzein Engineers

Overdyed Horween Brown Chromexcel Horsehide

Second place is an Indonesian competitor wearing Indonesian boots. And the complete lack of surprise around those two things display just how incredibly firm of a foothold the Bandung bootmaking scene has latched onto in recent years. Benzein’s engineer is one of the very best examples out there (and they’ve upgraded it since these were made!), but when paired with this leather and worn the way these have been…geeeeeez.

On that overdyed Horween horsehide: at one point during the Dome I posted some pics of these on Instagram, and there was some blowback that these boots had been overworn, or inappropriately abused, or hit with some gimmick. I didn’t agree at the time, and neither did any of our esteemed judges. We looked at the heels, and the pants-protected shafts, and all concurred that the way this leather was lightly overdyed was meant to create this kind of look, and we’re damn thankful for it. If it takes seven months or seven years, I’m pretty sure we all want boots that look exactly like these.

Seven Months of Wear

Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown HorsehideBenzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide

Day 1
Benzein Keeper Engineer Boot—Horween Overdyed Brown Horsehide—NEW


3rd Place

Nando Bloch

Red Wing Classic Moc Toe

SB Foot Maize Mustang

I suspected there would be some Red Wings in the Top 10; I couldn’t have been more overjoyed to watch this exact pair evolve throughout the seven months.

The all-too-rare Maize Mustang from SB Foot, the Red Wing-owned Minnesota tannery, went from mustard yellow to hot-dog-dropped-in-the-dirt and I couldn’t imagine it going any better. That patina isn’t surface, ready to come off when hit with a wet rag. It’s been BAKED into these suckers. Red Wing moc toes are without question one of the iconic boots; to many in our community, they are the boot, the only one that truly matters. These back that outlook up so very hard.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang

Day 1

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Red Wing Moc Toe SB Foot Maize Mustang - NEW


4th Place

Steven Vande Hei

IG: @_steven__v

Paraboot Avignon

Lisse Gold

Dress shoes in the top 4! Or, dress chonk at the very least. I loved it when Steven filed these Paraboots as his Dome shoes—cutting directly into the prevailing boot-winds of this competition. Outside of small contingent of loafers and a few excellent Aldens, there simply weren’t a ton in here. My suspicion is that after this result, Thunderdome Two will see plenty more in the mix.

I’ve seen these shoes in person, at the Stitchdown Chicago Shoenanza, and Steven didn’t even bat an eye when I asked if I could just run my hands over his shoes. The transformation on these is insane, up there with the most extreme of the Dome.

But it’s really more about the finished 7-month product: just a perfectly painted canvas, perhaps consistent at first glance but revealing everything that was inherent on the calf hide to begin with, while also bearing the marks of a life well lived (and worn basically every day for those seven months). We’re waiting for a confirm from Paraboot, but our best guess on the tannery/article on the Lisse (“smooth”) Gold upper leather is Gold Novanappa from Tanneries Haas. BRING IT BACK, Paraboot!!

 

Seven Months of Wear

Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold

Day 1Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold Paraboot Avignon Lisse Gold


5th Place

Travis Houlette

IG: @patinathunderdometurner

Viberg Service Boot

Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan

Ah yes, these ones. The boots from the guy who basically created an Instagram account just for the contest, with the best name imaginable. The boots that at one month old were already unrecognizable, toes sprung to the sky, perhaps already lost to Thunderdome over-aggression (and let’s not forget these are, uh, not exactly cheap Horween shell cordovan Vibergs…)

But then the ship steadied! Product was applied, care occurred, and they gradually became very ok with themselves—and something I’ve simply never seen before. Which in some ways is a major underpinning of this entire Thunderdome.

I think it’s important to say this: in lesser skilled, less thoughful hands/feet, these boots would likely not be placing where they are, if at all. The razor’s edge was tiptoed along for seven months, and I’m quite uncertain they could do it for another seven years. These are the work of a true master, pushing the race car right that edge of the life/death envelope. This is a pair to be inspired by, if not mimic directly. But MAN, what a marvel to behold.

 

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan

Day 1

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan—NEW Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg Service Boot Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan—NEW


6th Place

Brian Kenney

IG: @thepatinaarena

Viberg Wholecut Boot

Horween Rowdy Dachshund

Available for purchase here

Viberg wholecut boot + time + heavy wear + care = something very different than what you started out with. This is just an incontrovertible axiom now, thanks to these boots. Sure it’s true for most, but I don’t think a pattern evolved in this entire contest the way this one did. They’ve settled into themselves, rewarding the excess toil and expense to make a wholecut boot. And man was it all worth it.

Turns out it’s perfectly mated with Horween’s combo-tanned Rowdy Dachshund leather (the artist previously known as Mocha Oil Harness!), which starts out funky and somehow becomes more consistent in color and texture with wear…and then the life the boots live gets painted right on top of it. Do these things need a resole? Yes. Am I beyond thrilled that they made it seven months, clearly worn aggressively, and crossed the finish line with their own original clothes on, looking fly as all hell? I am, I really am.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund

Day 1Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome-Viberg Service Boot Horween Rowdy Dachshund


7th Place

Hillary Aruranf

Flame Panda Monkey Boot

Maryam Natural Horsebutt

Yes, Hillary co-built the Patina Project App where you can find EVERY photo of every boot and shoe from the Thunderdome, searchable by maker, leather, and style, which you should download now. Coming right out and saying that! But the fix is not in at all—she had no influence on anything, and we actually judged these totally blind.

So it comes down to: we just really loved these boots. Flame Panda’s chunkier monkey may get a little more buzz out there, but Peng’s stripped down, hyper-simplified monkey pattern is beyond perfect for showcasing interesting leathers and where they want to go. This upper leather from Italian horsebutt maestros Maryam has definitely darkened, but it’s really about just how well it accepts dings and scratches and dirt and says “thank you, this looks even better, more please”. I could say this about all of this, of course, but: I want these boots.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt

Day 1Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt—NEW Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Flame Panda Monkey Boot—Maryam Natural Horsebutt—NEW


8th Place

Aaron Huebner

IG: @aaronhuebner

Viberg x Division Road Boondocker

Horween Natural Waxed Flesh

I said it maybe 15 times on our esteemed judging call full of esteemed judges: the thing I love most about these boots is that I’ve simply never seen anything like them. This is Horween natural waxed flesh! This is not how it’s supposed to look!

But oh that’s what it is, transformed by over 2 million steps and 25 hours of brushing. This particular result may not have been intended, but the care experiment (ex-care-iment??? No. Sorry.) surely was. And boy oh boy was it a success. This is another pair I’ve had the honor of personally spending time with twice in person over the course of the Dome, and every time I was astounded. Aaron’s photos are very good! But even they can’t quite capture the color and texture and just rarity and uniqueness of these beauties. I love how the pattern panels all started out a little different and then…became one.

I’ve long admired how Jason from Division Road (hear him on the Shoecast!) eschews spec-monster makeups to design simple, straighforward boots he knows will become what they’re supposed to only when worn and cared for appropriately. This pairs delivers on that promise so very, very hard.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh

Day 1Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh—NEW Patina Thunderdome—Viberg x Division Road Boondocker—Horween Natural Waxed Flesh


9th Place

Brilliant Lin

IG: @brl.lin

Benzein Jodphur Boot

Shinki Hikaku Red Brown Horsebutt

“But wait!” the esteemed judges said, over and over, as we finalized selection of each of the preceding pairs. “Can we please get back to the sorting hat!”

Obviously, as HarryPotterPedia tells it, the Sorting Hat was a sentient magical hat at Hogwarts that determined which of the four school Houses each new student belonged most to. And man does it bear a resemblance. Although these look better.

The Shinki red brown horsebutt got a little darker, sure, and shifted in a color a bit. But there’s no point in beating around the bush: these boots captivated so many throughout the Thunderdome because of these ROLLLLLLLS, people. The right pieces of shell-in horsebutt roll (instead of crease) very similarly shell cordovan, yes. Fact. But I’m not sure any boot has ever rolled so sublimely as this. I’m not even going to waste time attempting to describe it. Spend your time just soaking them in instead.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt

Day1 Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt—NEW Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein Jodhpur Shinki Oiled Brown Horsebutt—NEW


10th Place

Bill Dahab

@dontshineyourshoes

Benzein TDD-01 Boot

Conceria Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan

Man this one was a tough call. There were at least five exceptional pairs in the Thunderdome that deployed Italian tannery Conceria Cloe’s surely now-to-be-famed, unfinished or “naked” crust shell cordovan—an article that could understandably initially be viewed as a stunt leather, just due to its inexorable hunger for aggressive change.

But once you get past the whiplash of what happens to the crust shell, its end product is what matters. And the end product basically is always differentIf you want this exact boot—a natural reaction to every single pair in here, and the rest of the winners—then you’re probably out of luck. But if you want to create your own world in a boot, then there are few more leathers that could be more exciting.

Props to @dontshineyourshoes for somehow resisting the urge to shine his shoes. And shout-out to Benzein…three boots in the top 10!! Bravo, Adi and crew.

Seven Months of Wear

Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan

Day 1Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan—NEW Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome—Benzein TDD-01 Cloe Crust Shell Cordovan—NEW


11th Place

Nathan Florsheim

IG: @nfbootmaker

NF Bootmaker Service Boot (Self-Made)

Horween Marine Field Roughout

Seven Months of WearNF Bootmaker Service Boot—Horween Marine Field Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

NF Bootmaker Service Boot—Horween Marine Field Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1NF Bootmaker Service Boot—Horween Marine Field Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


12th Place

Mason

IG: @m.f.bootco

MF Boot Co. Boondocker (Self-Made)

SB Foot Brown Spitfire

Seven Months of Wear

MF Boot Co Boondocker SB Foot Brown Spitfire—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome MF Boot Co Boondocker SB Foot Brown Spitfire—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

MF Boot Co Boondocker SB Foot Brown Spitfire—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


13th Place

Jason Cheng

IG: @jasonissm

Sagara Valiant

Conceria Cloe Superlux Horsebutt Overdyed Black

Seven Months of Wear

Sagara Valiant Conceria Cloe Superlux—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Sagara Valiant Conceria Cloe Superlux—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Sagara Valiant Conceria Cloe Superlux—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


14th Place

Cam Smith

IG: @bigcambo

Russell Moccasin Birdshooter

Tanneries Haas Tan French Veal

Seven Months of Wear

Russell Moccasin Birdshooter—Tanneries Haas Tan French Veal—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Russell Moccasin Birdshooter—Tanneries Haas Tan French Veal—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Russell Moccasin Birdshooter—Tanneries Haas Tan French Veal—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


15th Place

Roger Mattos

IG: @boots_and_patinas

Viberg Engineer Boot

Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan

Seven Months of Wear

Viberg Color 8 Shell Cordovan Engineer Boot—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Viberg Color 8 Shell Cordovan Engineer Boot—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Viberg Color 8 Shell Cordovan Engineer Boot—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


16th Place

Kevin Spolini

IG: @kspolini

Nicks Boots Americana

Wickett & Craig Medium Brown English Bridle

Seven Months of Wear

Nicks Americana Boot—Wickett & Craig Medium Brown English Bridle—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Nicks Americana Boot—Wickett & Craig Medium Brown English Bridle—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Nicks Americana Boot—Wickett & Craig Medium Brown English Bridle—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


17th Place

Tess Gobeil

IG: @tesstingbitchface

Self-Made Service Boot

Unknown Natural Veg Tan

Seven Months of Wear

Self Made Service Boot—Unknown Natural Veg Tan Leather—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Self Made Service Boot—Unknown Natural Veg Tan Leather—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Self Made Service Boot—Unknown Natural Veg Tan Leather—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


18th Place

Dustin May

IG: @miamisoledoc

Wesco Mister Lou Engineer

Horween Natural CXL

Seven Months of Wear

Wesco Mister Lou Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Wesco Mister Lou Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Wesco Mister Lou Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


19th Place

Greg Martin

Viberg Country Boot

Horween Bourbon Shell Cordovan

Seven Months of Wear

Viberg Country Boot Bourbon Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Viberg Country Boot Bourbon Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Viberg Country Boot Bourbon Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


20th Place

Victor Tang

IG: @bootjourneys_

Bad Hat Brothers Monkey Boots

Horween Natural Essex

Seven Months of Wear

Bad Hat Brothers Monkey Boot——Horween Natural Essex—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Bad Hat Brothers Monkey Boot——Horween Natural Essex—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Bad Hat Brothers Monkey Boot——Horween Natural Essex—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


21st Place

Julian Lyons

IG: @julian_r_lyons

Parkhurst Allen

C.F. Stead Classic Camel Kudu

Seven Months of Wear

Parkhurst Allen Boot—CF Stead Camel Classic Kudu—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Parkhurst Allen Boot—CF Stead Camel Classic Kudu—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Parkhurst Allen Boot—CF Stead Camel Classic Kudu—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


22nd Place

Duke Goulden

IG: @duketheestallion

Grant Stone Ottawa Boot

Natural Kangaroo

Seven Months of Wear

Grant Stone Ottawa Boot—Incas Natural Kangaroo Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Grant Stone Ottawa Boot—Incas Natural Kangaroo Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Grant Stone Ottawa Boot—Incas Natural Kangaroo Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


23rd Place

Joe Gentel

White’s Boots MP-M1

Horween Dark Brown Waxed Flesh

Seven Months of Wear

White's Boots MP-M1 Horween Dark Brown Waxed Flesh—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome White's Boots MP-M1 Horween Dark Brown Waxed Flesh—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

White's Boots MP-M1 Horween Dark Brown Waxed Flesh—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


24th Place

Eric Matthews

IG: @varnu

White’s Boots Smokejumper

Seidel Brown Roughout

Seven Months of Wear

Whites Boots Smokejumper Seidel Brown Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Whites Boots Smokejumper Seidel Brown Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Whites Boots Smokejumper Seidel Brown Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


25th Place

Steve George

IG: @stgsea

Frank’s Boots Wilshire

Wickett & Craig Chestnut English Bridle

Seven Months of Wear

Frank's Boots—Wickett Craig Chestnut English Bridle Frank's Boots—Wickett Craig Chestnut English Bridle

Day 1

Frank's Boots—Wickett Craig Chestnut English Bridle


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Exceptional Nicks Handmade Boots Pair

Manuel Briones

IG: @manny3bri

Nicks Overlander

Seidel Tan Natural Smooth

Seven Months

Nicks Boots Overlander Seidel Tan Smooth Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Nicks Boots Overlander Seidel Tan Smooth Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Nicks Boots Overlander Seidel Tan Smooth Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Division Road Pair

Joshua Noblin

IG: @joshuanoblin

Viberg x Division Road Service Boot

Maryam 1071 Port Vitello Calf

Seven Months

Viberg x Division Road Service Boot—1071 Port Vitello Calf—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Viberg x Division Road Service Boot—1071 Port Vitello Calf—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Parkhurst Pair

Geoff Schoenberg

IG: @gkschoenberg

Parkhurst Richmond Boot

CF Stead Wheatbuck Waxy Commander

Seven Months

Parkhurst Richmond—CF Stead Wheatbuck Waxy Commander—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Parkhurst Richmond—CF Stead Wheatbuck Waxy Commander—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Frank’s Boots Pair

Nobtaka Nix

IG: @Nob_nix_

Frank’s Boots Lace to Toe

Wickett & Craig Olive Harness

Seven Months

Frank's Boots Lace To Toe—Wickett Craig Olive Harness—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Frank's Boots Lace To Toe—Wickett Craig Olive Harness—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Frank's Boots Lace To Toe—Wickett Craig Olive Harness—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Grant Stone Pair

Nick Lawler

IG: @pogo_lab

Grant Stone Diesel Boot

Horween Dune Chromexcel

Seven Months

Grant Stone Diesel Boot—Horween Natural Dune CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Grant Stone Diesel Boot—Horween Natural Dune CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Sagara Pair

Carlo Mogavero

IG: @shoenabler

Sagara Boondocker

Reverse Conceria Cloe Superlux Horsebutt

Seven Months

Sagara Bootmaker Boondocker—Reverse Cloe Superlux Horsebutt—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1


Exceptional Rancourt Pair

Geoffrey Huang

IG: @geoscapsule

Rancourt Classic Ranger Moc

Horween Natural Shell Cordovan

Seven Months

Rancourt Ranger Moc—Horween Natural Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Rancourt Ranger Moc—Horween Natural Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Rancourt Ranger Moc—Horween Natural Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Viberg Pair

Rollin Say

IG: @rolsaywhat

Viberg Service Boot

Conceria Maryam Brown Horsebutt

Seven Months

Viberg Service Boot—Maryam Brown Horsebutt—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Viberg Service Boot—Maryam Brown Horsebutt—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Iron Heart Pair

Benjamin Bertens

IG: @bbrtnss

Iron Heart x Wesco Foot Patrol

Seidel Brown Domane Roughout

Seven Months

Iron Heart x Wesco Foot Patrol—Seidel Brown Domane Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Iron Heart x Wesco Foot Patrol—Seidel Brown Domane Roughout—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Tricker’s Pair

Matthew Hunt

IG: @nz_watch_explorer

Tricker’s Stow

CF Stead Caramel Classic Kudu

Seven Months

Trickers Stow Boot—CF Stead Caramel Kudu—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Trickers Stow Boot—CF Stead Caramel Kudu—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Oak Street Bootmakers Pair

Phil Kalas

IG: @ashlandleather

Oak Street Trench Boot

Horween Natural Chromexcel

Seven Months

Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot —Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot —Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot —Horween Natural CXL—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Jim Green Pair

Anesh Mangray

@aneshm89

Jim Green Vellie

Tan Full Grain

Seven Months

Jim Green Vellie NEW

Day 1

Jim Green Vellie NEW


Exceptional Meermin Pair

Ken Thompson

IG: @kenny_trill_kenny

Meermin Derby Boot

Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan

Seven Months

Meermin Derby Boot—Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Meermin Derby Boot—Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Signet Pair

Daniel Paulin

IG: @dgfp.fits

Wesco x Signet Hendrik Boot

Wickett & Craig Russet Traditional Harness

Seven Months

Wesco x Signet Hendrik—Wickett & Craig Russet Harness—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Wesco x Signet Hendrik—Wickett & Craig Russet Harness—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


 

Exceptional Standard & Strange Pair

Ross Diamond

Wesco x S&S Daybreaker

Horween Natural Essex

Seven Months

Wesco x Standard Strange Daybreaker—Natural Horween Essex Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Wesco x Standard Strange Daybreaker—Natural Horween Essex Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Wesco x Standard Strange Daybreaker—Natural Horween Essex Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Wesco Pair

@weathered.hide

Wesco Boss Engineer

Seidel British Tan Domane

Seven Months

Wesco Boss Engineer—Seidel British Tan Domane—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Wesco Boss Engineer—Seidel British Tan Domane—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Wesco Boss Engineer—Seidel British Tan Domane—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


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The Holy Hell These Things Are Wonderfully Shiny Award

CheeKeong Ngaw

IG: @thebootscientist

Flame Panda Chukka

Tochigi Natural Cowhhide

Seven Months

Flame Panda Chukka—Tochigi Natural Cowhide—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Flame Panda Chukka—Tochigi Natural Cowhide—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Double Doming Award

Presented to a Thunderdomer bold enough to enter TWO pairs, and have both looking absolutely fantastic

Brandon Wisch

IG: @bwisch82

Onderhoud SVC02

Maryam Toscanello and 1071 Horsebutt

AND

Sagara Cordmaster

Overdyed Badalassi Olive Minerva and Natural Veg-Tan

Seven Months

Onderhoud Handmade Boots—Maryam Toscanello—1071—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Sagara Bootmaker Cordmaster—Badalassi Carlo Olive Minerva Overdyed Black—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Sagara Bootmaker Cordmaster—Badalassi Carlo Olive Minerva Overdyed Black—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome Onderhoud Handmade Boots—Maryam Toscanello—1071—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Man You Trashed These Things But Damn Are They Beautiful Award

Rafael Escobar

IG: @Rafy99

Wesco Hendrik

Horween Natural Essex

Seven Months

Wesco Daybreaker Horween Natural Essex—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Wesco Daybreaker Horween Natural Essex—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Bulletproof Award: Least Patina While Still Wearing Them a Ton

Jordan Fox

IG:@niftee_thrifteee

Tricker’s Stow

Acorn Antique

Seven Months

Trickers Stow—Acorn—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Trickers Stow—Acorn—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Best Used Cuoio Gang Award

Presented to one of seven Thunderdomers who all wore one of the most intriguingly transformative leathers in the entire contest

Raffi Bouladian

IG:@sampson1980

Viberg Service Boot

Maryam Used Cuoio Vitello Calf

Seven Months

Viberg Service Boot—Maryam Used Cuoio Vitello Calf—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Viberg Service Boot—Maryam Used Cuoio Vitello Calf—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


Exceptional Boot Made by a Factory Bootmaker

Lucus Larsson

IG:@lukelarsson

Nicks Handmade Boots Overlander

Wickett & Craig Tan English Bridle

Seven Months

Nicks Boots Overlander Wickett & Craig Tan English Bridle—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Nicks Boots Overlander Wickett & Craig Tan English Bridle—Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


The You Really Domed White Roughout Boots and Attempted to Destroy Them But It Didn’t Work Award

Henry Rolnick

IG: @henaarol

Clinch Lace Up Boot

White Latigo Roughout

Seven Months

Clinch Boots White Latigo Roughout Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome

Day 1

Clinch Boots White Latigo Roughout Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome


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