The theme of this Shoes ‘n’ Boots Of The Week is: foul weather. The autumnal rainfall is approaching. So: boots. We’ve got lots of options to consider this week from the likes of Viberg, Parkhurst, Alden, and more.
This is our last roundup before Ben lifts his starting pistol and signals the beginning of the first Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome. Hope you’ve got your pair picked out!
Catch up on our previous roundups and mull some other Thunderdome options here.
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Standard & Strange dishes up the Wesco favorite Mister Lou engineer in classic brown CXL, along with the standard Motor Patrol last, narrowed shaft, brass hardware, and Dr. Sole half-soles. Only a few sizes left.
In their latest Service Boot drop, Viberg enlists the services of Maryam’s Toscanello horse rump with a TPR (thermoplastic resin) coating to provide it with an extra level of shine. Built on the 2030 last with Ridgeway soles.
Viberg continues to introduce new products to their AW21 lineup. This week we saw a slew of new Wholecut Derby Boots, including this pair in a leather that I’ve grown fond of, Terre Calf Suede from suede kings C.F. Stead. Built on the 2030 last, these boots were built with weather resistance in mind; the wholecut pattern is complemented by a storm welt and Dainite soles.
Viberg also recently introduced some new Halketts. This pair is made with brown horsebutt from Comipel (with shell layer intact!) on the 2030 last with Dainite soles. Probably the best Halketts we’ve seen. Catch up on the rest of Viberg’s AW21 releases here.
Damn, that leather/sole combo is fantastic! Alden’s black cork outsole needs more love, and it looks great here with the tobacco chamois leather. These are built on the 379X last with a 270 flat welt.
A trio of new boots from Parkhurst this week! First up, another rendition of the Allen, but this time done on a comfy Christy wedge. Built on Parkhurst’s 602 last with British tan CXL.
Next, a more-traditional Allen in the confusingly-named Camel Kudu leather from C.F. Stead. (Is it camel? Is it kudu? Is it somehow neither??) (It’s just kudu; camel’s the color.) Also 602-lasted, complete with Ridgeway soles. Handsomely rugged!
Finally, Parkhurst’s cap-toed Richmond boot comes to us in waterproof Waxy Commander leather from C.F. Stead. Also 602-lasted, also Ridgeway-soled.
This pair will have your friends saying “Timothee Chala-may I take a closer look at these?” Alden’s Atom shortwing blucher gets the milkshake suede treatment here, built on the Barrie last with double Waterloc soles.
Ealdwine’s “Sir Walter” makes a reprise, this time in this deadstock calfskin from Norwegian tannery Borge. These are made on the Plaza last with a 270 flat welt and double oak soles. There’s only a few sizes left of this limited-edition pair…don’t wait.
Leffot has collaborated with Barcelona’s Norman Vilalta—a maker we don’t talk about nearly often enough on Stitchdown, so here we are correcting that—to bring us the Haring Boot in a hand-patinated, eye-popping caramel grain calf. Combined with some Vibram Gumlite commando soles, you’ve got a derby boot that’s classy but chonky.
Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing Alden PTBs. Harrys Shoes thinks so too. They’re bringing two pairs of Barrie-lasted bluchers to us in foul-weather-ready chamois with commando soles. You’ve got your choice of the tobacco…
…or the earth colorway. Not the world’s greatest photos on these! Sorry! But check out Alden maestro Brett Klein’s Instagram feed to see them in their true glory.