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Service Boot Crust Chromexcel

Service Boot Crust Chromexcel
During our last visit to Horween Leather in Chicago we noticed a pile of hides with a unique brown tone we had never seen before.  Nick, who was in the midst of giving us a tour of the facilities, explained that it was Chromexcel leather in its crust-state.  Crust refers to a particular stage in leather processing where the hides have been fully tanned and dried, but not yet dyed or finished.  We immediately asked if we could purchase the leather as is and almost a year later we are excited to offer a Service Boot utilizing this unique material.  This is Chromexcel leather in it's most natural state, which means it exhibits more character and inconsistencies than a traditional finished hide.  It also means that it will age and patina faster and more drastically than just about any other leather we offer.  Click through for more photos and purchase the Service Boot Crust Chromexcel here.

Horween Leather Company (Part 2)

Horween Leather Company (Part 2)

Chicago’s Horween Leather Company was founded in 1905 by Ukrainian immigrant Isadore Horween. At the time there were hundreds of commercial leather tanneries in the Unites States, but today Horween is one of about a dozen still in operation. The company is currently run by Skip Horween and his son Nick who represent the fourth and fifth generations of this storied family business. Horween has built and maintained its success around traditional techniques and uncompromising quality. Many of their signature products, such as Aniline Chromexcel and Genuine Shell Cordovan, have become industry benchmarks and are sought out internationally by luxury manufacturers. In addition to footwear and leather goods, Horween supplies exclusive leathers for the NBA, NFL and MLB.  Click through for the full post.

Viberg Leather Care Products

Viberg Leather Care Products

We are excited to announce the launch of our first in-house leather care products: Viberg Leather Conditioner and Viberg Leather Castile Soap.  When developing these products we knew that we wanted to work with someone local who understood our company’s values and expectations for quality.  We make our footwear the traditional way, using the best materials available and we needed our care products to reflect this process.  Mike St. Claire of Steele & Co. decided to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps when he discovered her soap making tools and recipes.   His brand now produces a full range of grooming products and is available in stores across the country.  We travelled to Mike’s workshop to get a behind the scenes look at his manufacturing process.  Click through for the full feature and shop our new Accessories collection here.

Sample Sale 2016

Sample Sale 2016

We are excited to announce our second annual Sample Sale in NYC.  Taking place June 3-5 at Ludlow Studios in New York's Lower East Side.  There will be over 400 pairs of boots and shoes available including one-off samples, cosmetic seconds and overstock inventory.  Prices will range from $100-600 (USD).  Space inside the venue is limited so please be courteous and expect long queues.  All sales final.  Credit card payments only.

Children's Shell Cordovan Service Boot

Children's Shell Cordovan Service Boot

Continuing our experimentation with vintage children’s lasts, we recently made this miniature version of our Service Boot in Colour 8 Shell Cordovan. This is the first time we have incorporated a Brogue Toe Cap and Goodyear Welt construction on such a small boot. The combination presented us with several challenges throughout the manufacturing process, but ultimately we were able to produce an accurate interpretation of one of our most sought after products. This pair was given to Nick Horween to celebrate the birth of his first son and as a thank you for Horween’s continued support and friendship.  Click through for the full feature.

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