With how many patina-ready boots are dropping this week, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you once again that the inaugural Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome is on the horizon. Most of the pairs we’re highlighting today would be excellent contenders for the contest, including a smattering of Viberg Service Boots, a special rugged Consiton release from Crockett & Jones, a couple of handsome new Aldens from Ealdwine (ok maybe the spectators aren’t perfect for the Thunderdome…or maybe they are), and more.
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This week Viberg is hitting us with a one-two punch of Service Boots. First up, their monthly shell drop for May is a pair in unglazed color 8 shell cordovan from Horween. These things should patina like crazy and would be an excellent contender for the Patina Thunderdome. They’re built on the 2030 last and feature Dainite soles.
Don’t sleep on these guys either! Horween has also prepared a special edition of their Workshoe Butt leather for Viberg. Rather than processing this horsebutt through a Chromexcel tannage, this leather gets the Dublin treatment and is chock-full of waxes, giving the leather a smooth, saddle-like texture. These will also be patina monsters, without doubt. Also a 2030 build with Dainite soles.
This handsome 2030/Ridgeway Service Boot is also available on Viberg.com, but Miloh’s got some sizes that Viberg’s sold out of. Maybe yours!
Viberg x Standard & Strange Service Boot in Black Unicorn Roughout: $725 (Releasing 10am EST Friday 2/28)
Rounding out the Viberg releases this week, Standard & Strange found some mysterious “unicorn” leather (okay fine it’s moose) and paired it with Viberg’s 310 last to make one heckin’ chonker of a boot. These are made with Vibram 430 soles, and thoughtfully feature a woodsman heel, dark brown midsoles, and tonal stitching.
The ultimate Tricker’s icon in Northampton’s oldest brand’s iconic leather, done DR-style with a commando sole, all eyelets, and a pull tab.
The slightly chiller, perforated cap-toe cousin to the Stow, these Eatons get the same natural storm welt, inset commando sole, and 4497s last. And they are ready to rip.
Now available for preorder, these NST boots are a collaboration between Ealdwine and their buddy @vnguyen_md. Built on the dressy Hampton last with Color 8 shell, these boots feature a 270 flat welt, Indy-style quarter stitching, and Alden commando soles.
Also available from Ealdwine, these spectacular spectators are made with a combination of cognac lady calf and ivory suede. Built on the Barrie last with a 360 reverse welt and double Waterlock soles.
Meermin is ready for a hot, hot summer, and the best way to beat the heat is with an unlined loafer. There’s an avalanche of limited edition loafers on their site this week, including these pennies in cognac softcalf…
…these ones in some fun alpine grain…
…and the above slippers made with some snazzy bourbon museum calf. All of these different loafers are made on Meermin’s Rod last and feature their lightweight Flex construction. Find all of these limited-time loafers here.
Normally, C&J’s Coniston derby boot is a casual, slightly dressy option, but these ones mean business. These limited-edition Conistons are ready for some real puddle jumping, and are made with “water-resistant dark brown roughout suede,” which sure looks like a waxed flesh-ish situation to us, and a pair of rugged Vibram commando soles.