As you might imagine, it’s been a slow couple weeks for new releases. But thankfully, the pandemic hasn’t totally shut down many of our favorite brands and retailers, so we’re including some brand new stuff and also doing a bit of catchup…and you may or may not have received a government stimulus check!
It’s a week heavy on Alden and Viberg for sure, but there’s a smattering of very strong Wescos, Meermins, and two new ones for Stitchdown: Swedish brands Lundhags (an ancient hiking boot maker) and Crud, a glovemaker who teamed up with Lundhags to create a very cool hiker.
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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Well these things are absolutely bonkers, in the best way possible. Horween tumbled the blue shell in a wooden drum, resulting in a matte finish and all sorts of interesting un-even-ness throughout. Not a stretch to say this is a statement boot! 2020 last, blind eyelets, and in a move you don’t often see on a Viberg Service Boot, they’re Goodyear storm welted. Verrrrry interested to see how these age. Pre-order.
Same shell and black storm welt as above, just in the Viberg’s derby shoe. Another statement stunner.
Division Road leveraged an absolutist vision of deeply long-term wearable simplicity for its Tonal Traveler Series that comprises these Scouts and the two Viberg Service Boots below—and they came out wonderfully. For the Scout they went with Viberg’s nicely accommodating 2040 last (honestly can’t remember seeing it used on a Scout before) with an unstructured toe for a lower profile. The Saddle Tan Chromepak comes courtesy of Horween and a black 360-degree Goodyear storm welt joins the upper to a black Vibram 2060 sole.
Division Road heads back to Horween for their elegant but rugged charcoal chamois leather, which mates with the same black Vibram 2060. The 2030 last and a partially structured toe lend the boot a slightly more elegant profile, while gunmetal eyelets, a black bellows tongue, and a black midsole complete the excellently dark look. Stitchdown construction on these.
Another 2030-last stitchdown Service Boot, this time on a tan Vibram 2060 sole, Horween’s faded wheat reverse chamois, and brass eyelets. If you’re the type of noble Stitchdown reader who wears boots all summer, 1) good! And 2) this might be the ones for you.
Not a boot! Or shoe, for that matter. But it’s Viberg, and pretty darn cool. The limited-release Workwear Beanie Viberg and DR teamed up on is made from a 50/50 blend of Italian merino wool and acrylic, comes in black and burgundy, and features a 1960s-era label from the Viberg archive smack in the center of its double-layer rib-knit cuff.
Wesco and S&S have teamed up on plenty of engineers before, and this is one of their greats. The teacore horsehide Mister Lou boot has just been restocked: a vintage-styled, narrow-shafted, Horween Chromexcel horsehide stitchdown beauty. Solid-brass rollers, a tightened heel cup, 1930s stitching, all on the shapely Road Patrol 1339 last.
This boot shares all the same details as above—just in brown horsehide CXL—down to the half-sole and heel combo and that essential v-stitch on the back.
Brogue dug deep into the Alden archives for the Palm Beach Loafer, and….damn. Based on an old golf shoe pattern, it definitely sports some arresting details while remaining pure, classic Alden. The Aberdeen last and a 270-degree flat welt pair nicely with the single leather outsole. Mack at Brogue is an outright Alden visionary.
Now, when I think “Alden loafer,” this is more where my head goes. A classic penny loafer, Brogue has mixed things up by putting this on the Copley last to give them a higher instep and narrower heel. The milkshake suede looks just about perfect stitched atop that waterlock single leather sole. If you don’t mind going light with your loafers, it’s hard to go wrong with something like this.
It’s not every day you see someone wearing a pair of ivory suede tassel loafers, but I’d certainly respect them if I did. Built on the Aberdeen last and stitched to a single waterlock sole, these are the kind of shoes that cause a stir.
Another unreal statement shoe from Brogue. Plaza last, 270-degree flat welt, single waterlock sole, brass eyelets, beautiful cap toe and medallion. Don’t step on them!
An unrelated blue suede shoe: B&M’s Plaza-last Gilman also sits atop a Plaza last, and tones things down with five blind eyelets and a quarter brogue cap toe.
A real class act, these Plaza-last single monks come with a rich calfskin upper that’s 360-degree flat-welted to waterlock flex outsoles to keep out the elements. Classics.
It’s tougher than it should be to find a great, unassuming chukka, but Meermin’s hit that mark at a great price. The Ultraflex is Meermin’s fresh approach to Goodyear welt construction—it’s largely defined by a veg-tan leather insole topped by a calf-lined memory foam over-insole. Full-grain Italian Castoro calf suede comes in four colors, and the boots use Meermin’s brand’s new, less-dressy ROD last.
These are on Meermin’s MTO Groups right now, whose countdown clock may expire by the time you read this, but expect to see this chukka popping up quite a bit in the future.
Pre-orders are open now through June 15 for this collaboration boot between 88-year-old Swedish hiking boot maker Lundhags and Swedish leather goods maker Crud (we love their gloves). The classic but damn handsome hiker uses two varieties of eco-friendly Terracare leather from Germany’s Heinen tannery, and also feature a removable wool/cork footbed and matte black hardware. Unlike many boots we cover, these are actually designed for hiking (albeit shorter ones), though they’d perform just as well in the city on their Lundhags Wayfinder lugged outsole.