The Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome presented by Standard & Strange, Grant Stone, and Wesco—the premier judged quality footwear aging competition—begins Oct 1, 2021, and runs through May 1, 2022.

There are almost $15k in prizes up for grabs for dozens of winners thanks to our amazing sponsors, and all contestants will get to follow everyone else’s patina-ride in the Stitchdown Premium Discord. It’s going to be an absolute blast.

And below is where you sign up.

And if you want to go deeper on the rules and judging criteria, you can find them right here.

To enter The Thunderdome, all contestants must:

1) Become a member of the amazing Stitchdown Premium community (which requires a small membership fee, 10% of which will go to our amazing charity partner It’s From the Sole). And we very much encourage you join the rollocking, insanely informational Discord live-chat—you’ll get an email granting access when you become a community member.

2) Sign up using the form below by September 30th, 2021 with the same email address you used to subscribe to Stitchdown Premium—registering with your email is essential so we can get you Thunderdome contest and monthly photo submission window updates.

3) You must also submit a series of photos of your boots or shoes in first official photo submission window of Oct 1, 2021-Oct 5, 2021. You will receive an email communication with a link to the initial photo submission form.

UPDATE: Because so many potential contestants have encountered situations in which their Dome pair may not arrive before Oct 5, we’ve decided to allow a one-time, one-month grace period for late entries. 

The official start date will still be Oct 1, with the first submissions open through Oct 5. If you need to wait until the second Nov 1-5 submission window, that’s totally fine—but the boots MUST be new/unworn before that window. 

Throughout the seven-month competition, all contestants must then submit a monthly series of photos in the prescribed window to remain in the competition and eligible for prizes. Again, the submission form will be sent via email—so make sure to sign up below!

Important: you do NOT need to have your (ALSO IMPORTANT: new, tried on only inside) Thunderdome boots/shoes in hand to register, or even know 100% what you’ll be entering at this point.

And if you register with a pair and wish to change it before Oct 1 (or Nov 1 for that matter), that’s completely fine too—you can just submit your new pair in the first official photo submission window of Oct 1-Oct 5, or the secondary window of Nov 1-Nov 5.

But no matter what, it IS essential to register yourself as a contestant—and join the Stitchdown Premium community—before Oct 1.

And to not wear your entry boots or shoes outside before Oct 1-5 (or Nov 1-5 for late entry)!!!

There are plenty more resources and information below, but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email

Good luck to all! But most of all, let’s have some damn fun.

More Thunderdome Resources

Official Patina Thunderdome rules

The honestly overwhelming prize and sponsor list

What the esteemed Thunderdome judges will be looking for

Recommended patina-worthy boots to consider if you still need a pair

And again, if you have any questions at all, including if your tried-on-inside pair is eligible for the Dome, do not hesitate to email

All hail Patina Turner.

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