A dazzling duo of color 8 shell boots, a smattering of slippers from Viberg, and the chonkiest chonkers you’ve ever seen…there’s a lot to talk about in this edition of Shoes ‘n Boots of the Week!
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Made with input from our boy @jso1._, these Indys are made on the Trubalance last with some stylish Slattery Black Softy Calf leather. They come with brass hardware, a 360 reverse welt, and commando soles, but my favorite feature is the berry gold moc stitching.
A striking v-tip makeup (with a splash of Indy mixed in), these boots are made on the Hampton last (rarely seen for this style) with black Horween shell cordovan. The quarters feature the accent stitching typically found on Alden’s Indy model, plus brass hardware, a 360 flat welt, and commando soles.
For the pre-summer (otherwise known as “spring”), Viberg has added a few more slippers to their roster. Standouts include this pair in some spicy wasabi waxed veldt…
…and this pair in C.F. Stead’s eco veg pewter suede roughout. (Try saying that five times fast.)
Making their debut at Division Road this week, these Derby Shoes are ready-made for a springtime jaunt around town. They’re made on the 2020 last with handsome chestnut Essex leather from Horween, a 360 storm welt, and Dainite soles.
This makeup is a stellar example of how a plain toe boot can look anything but plain. Built on the 379x last with color 8 shell cordovan, these boots are made with a 270 storm welt, single leather soles, pull tabs, and allllll the eyelets, baby. These pairs are going quick; there’s only a handful of sizes left as of publishing.
Brogue has also recently restocked another Color 8 shell model, the “Venice.” Made on the Plaza last with some special fleur-de-lis medallion brogueing, these boots exude versatility, inviting you to dress them up or down. Or hell, maybe somewhere in the middle.
Pittsburgh’s Oxford & Derby (formerly Nettleton Shop, for true heads) just dropped this sleek Plaza-last DeRosa on commando sole with some very excellent brogueing—love the little diamond right by the lower eyelets. Classy + capable.
Truman has been on a big moc-toe kick recently, and they’re keeping that going with these new derbies. Built on Truman’s 20 last, the boot-shoes feature a 270 storm welt, brass hardware, and commando soles.
Typically, when Truman releases a boot in the Java colorway, the leather is a waxed flesh. This time around, they’ve worked with Horween to bring Java to the Predator tannage. This waxy, resilient leather will age beautifully if beaten well, and those rugged Vibram 100 soles ought to help you in said beating process.
OSB’s tenth anniversary was last year, but now they’ve re-released their classic Trench Boot in a black oil tan leather from Seidel and a classic leather sole. Normally priced above $400, OSB is offering these boots at a 30% discount. Just a few sizes left.
The Skybreakers: for when you’ve got a shift at the quarry till 5pm but have to play bass in your KISS cover band at 6. Yes, Standard & Strange did indeed release these yesterday, April 1st, but they’re very real and you can really buy them with real money. You might become allergic to doorways by wearing them, but such a sacrifice must be made for the sake of F A S H I O N.
And don’t forget the three Stitchdown x Alden collabs still open for pre-order…
But only a $200 deposit now! Commando sole, brass eyes and hooks, the whole deal.
With the new veg-tan leather from Horween. These will move quick once they’re in, so reserve your size now…
Casual Indy comfort, finally in shoe form. Trubalance, Sahara tan wedge, let’s go.