Howdy, pardners. We appear to be in a bit of a lull for new releases during these dog days of summer, but we’re back this week to share the goods on some new stuff trickling in. Read on to learn about some intriguing collabs between Alden and Todd Snyder, an MTOpportunity at Truman, and more.
Look back at our preview roundups here.
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There are boots, and then there is Clinch. The Tokyo workshop adapts classic boot patterns from throughout time into absolutely beautiful yet begging-to-be-beaten handcrafted wonders. These Yeagers represent so much of that aspect of what Clinch is about: the natural veg-tan leather from Wickett & Craig will darken substantially (and quite interestingly), and even the eyelets get painted brown so chipping will reveal the brass underneath over time. And the O’Sullivan’s reproduction outsole is one of the most flexible and forgiving corded soles we’ve ever felt. These won’t be around for long, and they won’t be back for a while.
We love our Indonesian boots over here at Stitchdown, but here’s a PNW engineer from an Indonesian maker of a different kind. Oldblue is an influential Jakartan denim brand, and these absolutely beautiful two-tone engineer boots borrow from Wesco’s Mister Lou pattern with the inclusion of a slightly narrow shaft and Dr. Sole half-soles, and most prominently, a bold-but-really-works combination of Seidel’s British Tan Domane and Horween’s Burgundy Horsehide Chromexcel. Serious business.
A new, one-a-kind Boondocker makeup, this pair is made with Horween Petrolio Chamois Roughout, and…uh, wait a minute. This actually sounds familiar. Uh oh, there’s a beef a-brewin’!
Alden’s Leisure Handsewn is truly one of the perfect penny loafer patterns in this world, but you don’t often see many with this much personality. Todd Snyder somehow talked Alden into the two-tone treatment for these unlined Van-last loafers in a combination of snuff and chocolate brown suede…
…as well as milkshake and tan suede.
Leffot has two excellent Edward Green makeups available for pre-order, both of which should serve well in any inclement weather that may occur by the time they’re delivered in late November. First up, we’ve the Ullswater wingtip, built on the 202 last with some snazzy almond country calf and Dainite soles.
Then there are these handsome Cardiff semi-brogue derbies, also made with the 202 last, with mahogany country calf and Ridgeway soles. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with either pair.
Another solid moc toe offering from Truman, this time around coming in Seidel’s new-ish Double Shot leather in the gorgeous Bay colorway, built on the 20 last with Vibram Christy soles.
Tea time! Truman is currently accepting orders for custom pairs made with black Horween Teacore steerhide. You can choose from any of their current patterns and lasts, and tweak things like the sole, toe, and collar. Available while supplies last.
Cobbler Union turns seven this year, and to celebrate, they’re offering a wide variety of their products at various discounts, including these William cap toe oxfords above. Stock up on some dressy shoes at reasonable prices.
Tons of boots and shoes, you just gotta do the digging. Sneakers too! If anyone even wears them anymore… Plus plenty of clothes, bags, all the good Huckberry stuff.