Mar 30, 20185010 views

Footwear brands folks should know about

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There's nothing I enjoy more than stumbling upon brands with little exposure and amazing product. They are the type of encounters that as a lover of clothing and accessories (or any category for that matter) make you fall in love that much more with your hobby; understand how deep the rabbit hole goes and loving every step of the journey down it.
Recently came across a pretty impressive article on The Styleforum Journal about Cobbler Union, a brand that we've featured on Massdrop in the past, and a brand that a lot of people may not recognize right away, but carries amazing footwear traditions in the heart of Spain, sourcing some of the best materials in all of Europe.
https://journal.styleforum.net/cobbler-unions-euro-trip/
From more casual brands like Tredagain and Muroexe to dress shoe and bootmakers like Cobbler Union and Oak Street Bootmakers, we are always exploring both new and established brands to bring to our community members.
What are some of your recent (or not so recent) finds in the world of footwear that surprise you not more people know about? Let us know in the comments!
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Crockett & Jones recently got a Royal warrant from the Prince of Wales, plus they have been featured as Jame Bond boots in a number of movies, fantastic brand
MatthewDack.com British shoes, sold by mail from Quebec City, Canada. Free returns, high quality.
Lof & Tung by premium shoe retailer Skaoktiebolaget. Outstanding value for money.
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Danner which I suspect is relatively well known, the Forest Heights II is a really well made boot perfect for this time of year
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It definitely depends on the model. Some are great and some just seem to be poorly made.
SpaceInvadingMonkeys
yeh i haven't looked into the full line, the ForestH is 'made in Portland' and holding up good so far, can't say I'm really taxing them at my desk though... my son has a pair of the collab they did with the Timbers that he likes/I couldn't pull off though
Astorflex
Onitsuka Tiger, specifically the Nippon Made versions are absolutely beautiful shoes handcrafted in Japan. And comfy as hell!
TLB, Yanko, Lof&Tung
There are two I love a lot right now J.Fitzpatrick and Alfred Sargent. I had a pair of jodhpur boots made by J.Fitz and they came out AMAZING!! Also he polished the toe to a mirror finish. I think every pair you buy including RTW he will polish by hand.
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I could wear my Samuel Hubbard "Un-Sneakers" to bed because I forget they're on my feet
I‘m looking for brands other than AE that make widths less than medium. Any suggestions?
LarsNorbit
Most italian makers come in fairly narrow lasts. I also know that Carmina (Spanish) have a few very narrow lasts.
LarsNorbit
Alden
Don't forget the quintessential Australian boot, RM Williams!
Jack Erwin... Just bought the Carter boots in burgundy, and they're legit.
mhip
ooops. Double replied on this.
Fortuna from Indonesia (ig: fortuna_shoes_indonesia)
O’Keeffe Shoes are fantastic! I own two, the Felix Chukka boots in brown suede and recently the Bristol double monk in brown leather with commando soles.
Jack Erwin
jjj
I'm obsessed with Grenson. Fantastic brogues in shoes and boots. Trickers makes a high quality product as well, but don't fit as well for me.
Dayton Boots from Canada
StevieZHUU
That is a great suggestion and definitely agree with you, Dayton Boots is a company everyone should know about! It'd be great to feature them for our community members. :)
I've become a big fan of Undandy... you can design your own shoe or pick from their already designed shoes, either way the look and quality is great and the price is excellent for a custom made shoe. Each shoe is made to order and takes about 2 weeks to make in Portugal. Their customer service is excellent, too. Interested in how they make their shoes? Go here https://www.undandy.com/eu/about Here is a pair I designed and received a few weeks ago.
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What about Samuel Hubbard?
Another Austin-based footwear company (Tecovas was mentioned earlier by Marshtj ) is Helm. (https://helmboots.com/) I don't have a pair myself; I blew my boot budget on a couple pairs of Oak Street boots in the last year. But I like the Railroad (pictured) and Muller styles. Quality on most styles appears to be solid: Horween Chromexcel® leather, Blake Rapid construction, and reasonable prices especially if you can catch them on sale.
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jsizzzler
Definitely. We've featured them on our site before with some killer deals. I love how their aesthetic is a bit more stylish than you're average workwear boot brand -- they tread the line between heritage and fashion brand very nicely (imho).
Paul Evans, Meermin, and especially the latter. Unbelievable value for the quality.
nitrobackflip
Meermin! Great value and amazing amazing quality. It'd be nice to get them on our site for sure. Thanks for the feedback and participating in the discussion
Carmina, Paul Evans, Tecovas, Cobbler Union, etc.
Vass from Budapest
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What a pity
Dinckelacker is amazing too.
I love my Thursday Boot company Chukka and loafers. They run large (about a full size) but once you get your fit there's nothing I've found that I like better. I'd love to get the Chelsea boots and basically everything else.
FizixLyfe
That's good to hear that you're happy with their quality -- i've been curious about their stuff for quite some time now, so that's reassuring. Their chelseas look good, but i'm not a fan of the piping they put around the elastic side panel.
FizixLyfe
Me too and +1 on Thursday Boot Company. In my weekly rotation I have Black and Brown Cap Toes Captain Boots and Brown Wingtips Navigator shoes. I also had the loafer and the midnite blue chukka. I didn't care for the light color of the loafer and I never wore the blue chukka. In terms of quality, if I'm not in Thursdays I'm in Allen Edmonds, so there's that.