While the store shelves may have changed over from Halloween candy to Christmas decorations before it was even midnight on October 31st, it’s still perennially Shoes ‘n’ Boots season here at Stitchdown.
This week’s roundup features an avalanche of Aldens, a nifty pair of Rancourt mocs, some new moc-ness from Nicks Boots, and more.
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Pit-tanned, hand-oiled natural-core jet black horsebutt from Japan’s Shinki Hikaku tannery. Partially structured 2055 last. Commando sole. Bellows tongue! Very darned handsome and capable all-around boot right here.
The first of a trio of quite limited indeed Lofgren-gineers requires a unique double-deerskin setup because the leather is SO DAMN SOFT. A truly broken in pair of engineers somehow manages to become basically a pair of really tall slippers; these would be the slippers that those slippers would wear. Tons of natural variation to be expected here.
The color+veg-tan combo on these is just ready to eat patina. Vibram 705 sole, as with all of these three Lofgrens.
One of the Italian veg-tanner’s most rightly famed leathers, this stuff is also ready to feast, and while not as supple as the Ezo deerskin, it should provide a darned comfy ride fairly quickly.
Viberg’s latest reveal this week is a two-fer of the Pachena Bay padded collar hiking boots, both built on the 9220 last with Goodyear commando soles, and a layer of Thinsulate to keep your toes from falling off in the chilly weather. You’ve got two striking options here, either this Autumn Spice Shrunken Kudu from C.F. Stead…
…or Horween’s Rowdy Dachshund. Both great choices.
After some teasing, Nicks has finally unveiled their moc toe pattern, and it’s looking quite nice. In true Nicks fashion, they’re heralding its release by offering it in a variety of custom MTO makeups. Finally I can get that 10 inch moc toe, dogger-heeled, honey Vibram’d, Tan Natural work boot I’ve been craving.
Brogue has a damned monopoly on the Alden releases we’re featuring this week. There’s a ton to get through, but let’s start here with a classic jumper boot made on the Barrie last with color 8 shell, a 360 flat welt and commando soles.
Exuding a military dress formality, these black calf jumper boots are built on the Trubalance last with a 270 flat welt and double Waterloc soles.
More military vibes here with this plain toe boot on the 379X with black shell cordovan, a 270 storm welt and double butyl leather soles.
These plain toe Barrie-lasted boots are made with black scotch grain leather, a 360 flat welt and black cavity wedge soles. The brass hardware makes these a sight to see!
Arabica Lux strikes again! This time the leather has found its way to Alden’s U-tip chukka, built on the 379X last with a 270 flat welt and commando soles.
Finally from Brogue this week, these cap toe boots are made with some handsome dark brown Highland Grain calf on the still-niche-but-gaining-a-foothold Grant last, with a 360 flat welt and commando soles.
These mismatched shell cordovan mocs are quite the statement piece, and an excellent showcase of Rancourt’s handsewn prowess. (Note: they’re currently on backorder through mid-November.)
Another strong addition to Grant Stone’s growing Chelsea portfolio, these Dune CXL boots are built on the UK last with a 360 flat welt and proprietary studded rubber soles.
Grant Stone also bolstered the ranks of its Brass Boot this week, placing their black CXL model atop a pair of wedge soles. That natural midsole really pops!
Happy ten years, Unmarked! To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Unmarked has dolled up their Señor boot in this bold black bison leather, with a 360 storm welt, Vibram commando soles, and some popping blue rawhide laces. This boot’s probably not for everyone, but Unmarked is definitely a brand worth most people considering more generally. A decade! Congrats!
This beautiful veg-tanned horsebutt (from Guidi? Maybe?) is available for one of Truman’s latest MTOs. Get a pair of service boots with your own preference of last, toe, hardware, etc.
One of our favorite denim and outwear brands Freenote Cloth got their hands on some now-seldom-seen Viberg engineer boots. These are from ages ago, and you can barely find them nowadays. There’s a random assortment of sizes remaining in black and natural CXL, go snap ‘em up!