Ever since he learned the craft of shoemaking from his father, founder of Oak Street Bootmakers - George Vlagos, has been preserving the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.
Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather, which is a soft, supple and durable leather. Further, to ensure a lifetime of wear, the outsoles of each pair is replaceable, a unique feature normally reserved for formal footwear.
The Navy Hunt boot is assembled by a hand-stitched moccasin construction and sits atop a vibram sole and form-fitting inner, which provides comfort. It is finished off with waxed stitching and rawhide laces.
Suggested fits for the boots go as follows, true to size if worn with normal or thick socks but for thin or no socks, size-down one half size.
Handcrafted in the USA.
Available at Oak Street Bootmakers.
Timberland and Philadelphia based-retailer VILLA collaborate to create an exciting rendition of Timberland’s classic 6″ original yellow boot. The collaboration serves not only as an opportunity to create a great looking boot but it also serves as an opportunity to give back to VILLA’s surrounding communities.
“As a staple of style, status and function in urban culture for the past 40 years, Timberland’s original yellow boot was a natural fit,” said Patrick Walsh, VP of marketing for VILLA. ”Timberland has long been committed to service and giving back to communities around the globe, and this is a great example of how we’ve joined forces to make an impact right here at home.”
The boots signify VILLA’s dedication to its charitable initiative, Join the Movement. As part of the initiative, 10% of the all sales will benefit the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club’s VILLA Teen Center. Join The Movement revitalizes the urban communities by developing, supporting and delivering opportunities that provide educational support, environmental improvement and economic empowerment for teens.
Founded in 1885, The Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club was the first Boys club member to serve African Americans. VILLA partnered with the club to establish a VILLA Teen Center within the Club. The funding from the boot sales will be used to support programming targeted at the teens who attend the VILLA Teen Center.
The JTM (Ruby Red) Boot will be available for purchase on December 7th at all VILLA retail locations across the country and online at ruvilla.
Red Wing Heritage‘s Fall Winter 2013 collection has a number of great pieces available for the already present cold weather.
In addition to the new winter-proof Ice Cutter are nine more styles including the 2946 and 2947, 6″ Round Toe Moc Lug styles in a new, textured Roughneck leather. Classic designs like the Chukka and 6″ Moc are also available in new leathers this season. Every boot in the collection is assembled using durable leather uppers and stitched down to perfection with a Goodyear welt construction
We particularly love the 8128 Brogue Ranger, which is a functionally stylish 6″ boot built with tough Velva Retan leather and a durable Nitrile Cork sole. The perforation pattern on the toe adds style to an already handsome boot.
Further, the 8890 Moc in Charcoal is a classic 6″ Red Wing boot constructed from Rough & Tough leather, it is finished off with a white traction tread sole, and triple stitched quality.
The 3137 Chukka in Coppper is built on top of Red Wing’s signature white crepe sole, while premium Rough & Tough leather makes up the upper. The Chukka is a comfortably lightweight casual boot that is suitable for work and leisure.
The collection is available at Brooks Brothers, Gentry, Nordstrom and Askov Finlayson.
Photo credit Red Wing Heritage.
We got our “feet wet” at Hudson’s Bay with Clarks X GORE-TEX Midford Alp boot, a small pool of water was setup to test the waterproof GORE-TEX upper. Needless to say, as we sloshed in the water not a drop was felt.
The upper of the Midford Alp is made from brown burnished, full-grain leather and it is complemented with orange British Millerain waxed cotton accents on the tongue and around the heel, a pull on heel tab eases you in and out of the boot.
As soon as we put it on, we immediately felt comfortable in them. The boot is built with GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear technology, which features a GORE-TEX membrane underneath the upper that provides lasting waterproof breathability.
The boots are uninsulated, which means they are more suitable for moderate temperatures but with a pair of wool socks, it can provide some enhanced comfort and warmth during the colder months. Further, the gusseted tongue ensures that any foreign debris stays out.
The boots run true to size but if plan on wearing thick socks, we suggest you go a size up.
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We recently visited the LL Bean factory and I stumbled upon some monochrome colours of the iconic Bean boot, I instantly fell in love. The only down side about falling in love is that you have to know what you’re getting yourself into… The monochrome colored boots were only available in Japan and I would be hard pressed getting in touch with my love. Luckily a special edition of the Bean boot in a Loden colour (olive green) will be available in the US. We recently got our hands on a pair and they look awesome.
Made in USA
Remember to size down by a full size when buying Bean boots.
These are a very exclusive pair of boots! This color green is only available at one location in the US and not available via phone or internet articles. This is an exclusive color boot for the Natick, Massachusetts holiday pop-up kiosk at the Natick Mall. More info here.
This boot will be available at the kiosk in early December. Once they sell out, they will not have any more available in that color. It is a limited-edition color.
The Abington boot by Timberland is a testament to the skill and dedication that goes into fabricating their footwear.
Perfect for this coming Winter, this durably warm boot features a myriad of technology. The upper is constructed from 100% PET canvas made from recycled plastic bottles and fitted with 100% premium leather collars and linings.
The Vibram outsole provides superior traction and manoeuvrability, while the anti-fatigue technology built into the midsole to provide all-day standing comfort.
Available online at Timberland.
LL Bean’s versatile dress boot reinterpreted in quality bison suede. Tanned in Maine by the Tasman Leather Group. Built to last with classic cap toe, Goodyear welting, waxed laces and an easy eyelet-and-hook lacing system. Rubber sole, leather heel with rubber tap. Made for suiting up or dressing down. $189
Red Wing Heritage just released their new Ice Cutter boot, which is specifically built to withstand the approaching Winter.
Constructed using natural wool for insulated warmth and beautiful Otter Tail leather, the Ice Cutter is inherently water and ice resistant. Designed on top of a lug sole, the Ice Cutter offers enhanced traction and slip-resistance.
The boot was designed to provide northern workers with an insulated boot built on an reliable sole capable of gripping ice and snow. The Ice Cutter is now available for urban trekkers in search of a boot that can hold them down while walking the icy streets.
Available at select North American retailers and at Askov Finlayson.
Photo credit Paul and Williams.
Known for their luxurious but affordable take on contemporary styles, Reiss is a UK-based fashion brand that produces men’s and women’s clothing.
Capable of being dressed up and dressed down, the brogue is a shoe that will never go out of style and Reiss’ handsome Rossmore brogue is no exception to that.
The shoe is made from a chocolate brown hand polished italian leather and is finished with a stitched blake construction.
Available online at Reiss.
Converse and Missoni worked together in this collaborative effort to put a new spin on the Jack Purcell sneaker. The sneaker itself takes cues from the upcoming Missoni collection, which was showcased in the Missoni Men’s F/W 2013 runway show in Milan.
Utilizing the signature Missoni zig-zag print, the shoe showcases several tones of white and grey intertwined together in a beautifully executed print that is rich in both texture and detail.