Apparently I spoke too soon last week, because the brands definitely proved me wrong. This time we’ve got a whole bunch of new boots, including a very cool service boot from Japan’s Motor, two brand new Nicks models, and a huge discount on a bunch of Rancourt moccasins, all in time for this weeks: Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week!
Check out the Metaroundup (a roundup of roundups) here.
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Motor’s boots are absolutely sculptural, and the sleeked-up last on this “New Vintage” version of their Service Boots turned that up to 11, with a sculpted insole intended to position the center of gravity above the arch. The uppers are vegetable tanned horsehide, with darker, burnished toes and heels. The edge dye on the woodsman heel, 270˚ flat welt, and leather sole is a matte black that matches the burnishing. While they’re still hard to get in the States, we’re really hoping to see more of them.
For every month of their 60th anniversary, Nicks is releasing a special makeup designed by one of their bootmakers. This week, it’s Micah Hughes MH64, which is designed to bridge the gap between sneaker and boot. The combination of Seidel roughout, single row stitchdown, and Vibram Christy wedge sell the mashup visually, but Nicks’ hefty construction means these can still take more of a beating than most full height boots. The last detail: the top eyelet is brass, while the bottom five are black.
Guarded Goods just launched their first ever collab with Nicks, and they nailed it. It’s a 6″ HNW model in Italian brown cypress with a new (to Nicks) five eyelet, three speedhook hardware configuration, with a Vibram V-Bar outsole. The Guarded Goods modifications? The laces are a lighter chestnut steerhide GGs and the black roughout tongue is alllll (Guarded Goods founder and Esteemed Thunderdome Judge) Jesse. Great work bud!
Viberg isn’t turning into a sneaker company anytime soon, but this patina-prepared iteration is one of the best we’ve seen.
Another Stead-driven grain/suede combo has a TON of pop—although expect that milkshake suede to gradually get darker with wear for sure.
Meermin generally delivers quality at prices somewhere between very solid and shocking, and these shell Chelseas are in the latter category. The default width on these is an E, so our narrow-footed friends should give sizing some extra thought. They’re built with a 360˚ split welt and commando sole using Meermin “Ultraflex System”, designed for increased flexibility.
Stomach too weak for gore? There’s also a cap-toed service boot in the same tobacco waxy shell, this time with a unit sole and four speedhooks.
Rancourt is slashing prices to wholesale levels for preorders on a wide variety of models. Including these camp soled Pinch Penny Mocs in Chromexcel which are a full hundred and eight dollars off…
…or the full bore beefroll version with a bouncy Lactae Hevea outsole…
…or the new Dunnage Boot model, a split-toed welted boot in black cavalier with a unit lug outsole and fun shell cordovan patch on the tongue…
…and then of course, perhaps Rancourt’s most essential shoe, the classic four-eyelet Ranger Moc in Horween CXL on a camp sole. Camp go wrong with this one!! (The shoes, not the “joke”).
Brouge has been cranking out top notch Alden makeups, and this week we get two. The Ebisu NST is a Tremont-lasted split toe blucher with just the right amount of heft and some seriously shiny black calf. They’re blacked out from the five eyelets to the double oiled leather soles, and held together with a 270˚ flat welt.
Despite being called Army boots, their new 5ZP is built on the Trubalance last (not the 379x military last), but we wont hold that against it. It’s a clean, perforated cap toe boot in Burgundy calf.
Russell’s double vamp, rear-zip Zephyr model is billed as taking you from the job site to client meetings, and this new Pecos Chamois version with a gumlite outsole certainly looks the part.