While some things slow down around the holidays (unlike my cookie intake), many of our favorite shoemakers are still bringing the heat as 2019 comes to a close. Here are some of Stitchdown’s picks for what you should be eyeing this week. And don’t forget to check out all the previous Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week roundups—plenty of the recommendations are still available.
[Ed Note: while we never choose anything specifically because of them, some of these recommendations contain affiliate links—the price is the same for you, but Stitchdown gets a small commission if you make a purchase. It’s essential to keeping the site alive, so we really, really appreciate it.]
A new shade of Chromexcel hits a classic Grant Stone style—it might be my favorite yet.
And it arguably works even better on the very simple country derby. Love the subtle pop of the small eyelets.
Grant Stone is always a fantastic value play—this glazed natural shell boot is more than $100 cheaper than anything else you’ll find of similar quality. They just opened up a second chance to get these in a wide range of sizes, and it’s rare that Grant Stone does shell at all, so if you’re interested: pounce.
There’s plenty more on offer in Brooks Brothers’ big ongoing sale, but pay special attention to the Peal & Co line (made by Crockett & Jones) and anything in shell cordovan, including the low-vamps above (tons of sizes) and these very impressive brown shell wingtip loafers.
Viberglands? Timberbergs? Whatever portmanteau you want to apply, these wonderfully pure monsters are extremely winter-ready.
Never seen a Chelsea quite like this, especially one with a crazy-comfortable Vibram Gloxi-Cut sole.
Wildly character-filled waxed Gobi Mohawk leather from C.F. Stead + commando sole = one rugged, rugged, rugged boot.
Mallorca-based maker Meermin just rethought their Goodyear welted Chelsea with a sleeker, snugger ankle opening, and single-piece Du Puy and D’Annonoy leather uppers. Available in black boxcalf or softcalf, dark brown boxcalf, and polo suede.
TruBalance last, commando sole, wonderfully wearing reverse chamois leather, all casual class.
More monsters! These are specifically designed for motorcyclists, but if you think you can pull them off—pull them on. These are a moderate-arch version with the black wedge sole; there are also medium and high-arch versions with some pretty serious heels on them.
This is definitely less a “they have a new boot” situation than a “everything Rizky from Onderhoud makes is very impressive and here’s the recently published buying guide you need to make the right decision” situation. So check it out.