The quality footwear industry may not be running at full steam at the moment (for, well, obvious reasons), which makes this week’s tight but impressive lineup of releases from some top bootmakers all the more exciting. And especially if you like rugged, interesting C.F. Stead leathers, you’re in luck!

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Meermin Military Jumper Boot in Brandy Shell Cordovan: $435

Meermin has also been charging hard recently, and their brandy Rocado shell cordovan perforated cap toe Jumper boot on the HOK last is probably the highlight. Studded rubber sole, Meermin’s new Goodyear storm welt, and all eyelets. Crazy value at $435.

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Grant Stone Diesel Boot in Storm Kudu: $370

Grant Stone has again rolled out its C.F. Stead storm kudu Diesel boot, complete with a classy leather outsole with a natural edge. This one’s a pre-order, so it’s available in all of Grant Stone’s sizes (6 to 13) and widths (D to EEE). Storm welted on the Leo last.

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Grant Stone Ottawa Boot in Storm Kudu: $370

Grant Stone’s also using that same wonderfully ghostly Stead kudu on their split-toe Ottawa, which gets rugged-ed up a touch with their micro stud rubber sole. Also limited pre-order.

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Grant Stone Ottawa Boot in Ivory Suede: $348

One more from Grant Stone: an ivory Stead suede Ottawa on a natural double bend leather sole. Keep ’em coming, Wyatt!

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Oak Street Bootmakers Field Boot on Gaucho Waxed Kudu: $462

It’s C.F. Stead week apparently: Oak Street just dropped their Field Boot—a cousin of their Trench boot but with a continuous heel counter—in Gaucho waxed kudu on an appealingly chunky Itshide commando sole—OSB’s first commando Field Boot. Eight eyelets all the way up.

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Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot in Teak Rambler: $462

More Stead! OSB’s trademark Trench Boot gets done up in a limited-edition, excellently funky waxed Rambler, flat-welted on a Dainite outsole.


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