After months of halted production, many of our favorite makers are back in action recently, and this week’s roundup is as full of the good stuff as I can remember in a while—which is obviously great to see.
It’s definitely loafer season, but there are plenty of great boots as well. So dig in, and don’t forget to check out all the previous Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week roundups—plenty of the recommendations are still available.
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The latest cap-toe in Seattle supershop Division Road’s Shelby series is yet another stunner, this time Goodyear storm welted in black waxed Maryam horsebutt, complete with the trademark Shelby pinking and a Ridgeway sole. Top-notch stuff.
Grant Stone once again throws a thin glaze over natural Horween shell cordovan for this limited pre-order release. I’ve seen these with some wear on them and they are delicious indeed. Pre-order ends in a few days!
Same shell, in Grant Stone’s Edward, which classes up its original Diesel boot with smaller eyelets and tighter facings. The storm welt matches really well here too. Same pre-order setup on this one.
Same shell! Same pre-order! More splits in the toe!
Honestly this may be the best looking Grant Stone boot of them all to me. And the price is fantastic. Also a pre-order, and will close very shortly.
I honestly don’t generally love bit loafers, but there’s something about this handsewn moccasin construction version that softens up the 80s-corporate-raider-guy vibe juuuust right. Will likely get much darker and more wonderful as they age. They also have them in a really nice suede.
One of the great Aldens of all time in unlined form in a beautifully rich navy suede. Instant winner.
Spectators are for the bold. And I love how Seattle stalwart B+M went for it with natural reverse welt too. But especially as the Milkshake suede dirties up a bit, I feel like these might be even more wearable than they seem.
Everything about this one is perfect: Hampton last, commando sole, blind eyelets, and the 360 prestitch reverse welt. Boston-area LaRossa—also a top shoe repair shop—doesn’t do a ton of Alden makeups, but when they do, they make it count.
Portland, Maine’s David Wood Clothiers is a wonderful throwback men’s shop—a friendly local gentlemen’s haberdashery that will actually spend time with you and learn (and develop!) your personal style. These loden suede tassels are their latest of a growing makeup program. Definitely keep an eye on David Wood.
I wrote more fully about these here, but…wow.
Same here—check the big story.
And once again, more complete info here. I’m almost definitely getting these, btw.
Cobbler Union continues to offer one of the better values in damn-snazzy dress shoes and boots out there—and these statement pieces should age into something really cool. Want to learn more about CU? Check out the Stitchdown Conversation with founder Daniel Porcelli here.
Carmina never fails to deliver, and the same is true with this subtly unique penny pattern with an exquisite split-toe. Tims last.
Another loafer winner from Carmina, this one offering a crazy price on a casual unlined penny. Rounder Xim last on these.
C.F. Stead’s waxed Rambler is the star of this Truman show—this color is deep and excellent. C-55 last, Vibram 430 sole (a personal Stitchdown workhorse favorite).
This rambler is a little louder! But if you’re ready for it, go for it. Brown tongue and rolled ankle, Dainite sole, 79 last.
The Hollis has been a Helm staple for a bit, but I dig these tan suedes, as long as you commit to beating the absolute hell out of them. They’re ready.