We roll into February with a look at some bombastic loafers from Unmarked; very handsome tankers from Alden Madison; fire-ready boots from White’s; and more!
Shoes ‘n’ boots from previous weeks are all here.
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Russell Moccasin 125th Anniversary Nochaway Cavalier Boot + Belt Set: $875 (Pre-Order)
We’re going to be keeping an incredibly close eye on what’s happening in Berlin, Wisconsin under quiet icon Russell Moccasin’s new ownership—so far, the first big product move is a fitting one. Russell’s Cavalier is one of its most classic models, kind of a pull-on moccasin-gineer boot, and it looks pretty for real in a Red Maple Oil tan leather upper. A harness leather belt from Kingfisher Leather is part of the package, and only 125 pairs will be made.
White’s Boots C350 Rambler in Tobacco Stampede: $575
White’s Boots continues their expansion into more standard stitchdown offerings with the Rambler. Built on the 55 last, this six-inch plain-toed boot comes on Vibram’s 2021 wedge sole, and is made with a clean 360 machine-stitched stichdown construction. White’s is also adding some new leathers to the Rambler line, including Seidel’s chrome-tanned Tobacco Stampede pictured above, as well as their Black and British Tan Double Shot.
White’s Boots Crew Boot: $400
White’s is also adding another boot to their range of relatively affordable Goodyear-welted options. The Crew Boot is made on the 1972 last to a ten-inch height in either Brown Distress or Black leathers, and features a padded collar, 360 flat welt construction, and Vibram 135 unit lug soles. These suckers are also made with fire-resistant Technora thread, and are certified by the National Fire Protection Association for those of you who brave the flames of wildfires.
Santalum x Pigeon Tree Collab 5.5: $475 (Pre-Order)
As we reported this week, the latest boot from Pigeon Tree and Santalum’s long-running collaboration series takes SB Foot Black Klondike—a leather known for being featured on some rare Red Wing makeups—and flips it to the roughout side. The addition of some Pigeon Tree-branded rivets and raw cord soles from Dr. Sole lend these boots a boondocker-y vibe. Pre-order for Collab 5.5 runs through Feb. 6th.
Y’2 Leather Work Boots in Brown Bullhide: ~$752
Now available at East West Apparel, Y’2 Leather marries the straightforward pattern of their Work Boot with some craggy bullhide. The brass hardware really pops on this leather. It’s tough stuff, but pliable, and fully lined for extra comfort. These Work Boots also feature a 270 storm welt along with a Vibram 705 half-sole and Quabaug heel.
JK Boots 300 in Mahogany: $379
The 300 line from Spokane-based JK Boots offers a boot that is lighter in weight compared to their main workboot line and made without nails or screws. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you don’t need their normal 8-9oz leathers and are happy with the Vibram wedge. This latest 300 boot is made in pebbled Mahogany leather, a 5.5oz oil-tanned article. They’re built to a six-inch height with a 360 stitchdown construction, plus fire-resistant Technora thread throughout.
Alden Madison “Upstate Tanker 2.0” in Madison Brown Calfskin: $715
This Madison Brown Calfskin appears to have quite the luster to it, making these Alden tankers all the more beautiful. Built on the Barrie last, they feature an “Indy Stitch” quarter panel accent, 360 pre-stitch reverse welt, commando soles—and Alden’s handsewn split-toe pattern that’s in far too short supply these days. Just a few sizes left in stock here.
Unmarked Jack Penny Loafers in Eco White: $310
Unmarked continues to roll with this alum-tanned Eco White leather (made through a more environmentally-friendly process known as tawing). This time they’re bringing it to their eccentric Jack Penny Loafers, which pair a classic penny loafer pattern with some seriously CHONKY natural crepe soles.
Meermin Custom Boot Event Running Now Through Sunday Feb. 5th
Meermin is bringing back their Custom Boot Event for the first time in a year. Get your own unique Meermin boots without any custom upcharge fee! More details on this limited-time offer here.