I’m always on the lookout for great American-made shoes and boots – and I’ve got my eye on something new.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!I’ve been looking for something a bit more dressy, but not formal, and I really like Red Wing’s new Slip-on Chelsea Boot, which is Made in the USA. It’s available in three different finishes: Black, Copper and Olive Mohave Desert, to complement any wardrobe.I am a huge fan of the brand. I own three pairs of Red Wing Iron Rangers, which work great with my typical casual style, but I think the new look would fill a gap in my wardrobe. Like many of the Red Wing products, Chelsea boots are designed to be resoled so you can get quite a bit of life out of them.
I also like is how Huckberry paired the boots with a care kit so you can keep the finish looking sharp with just a little elbow grease.
Even though it’s the middle of summer, we just came off a nice cool weekend and that got me thinking about boots. Good quality, rugged, stylish, American-made boots.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Over the weekend we got an email from Allen Edmonds that introduced two new boots. The first is called the Stirling. Based on a classic Scottish style, it is named for the famous battle fought by William Wallace. The Stirling features a wingtip oxford design with updated perforation, a goodyear welt and a clear rubber sole.The second boot is the Sullivan Street, a very stylish cap-toe boot that features a mix of smooth calf leather with full grain or suede and a Dainite all-weather sole. The thing that I like about the Allen Edmonds boots is that they are re-craftable, because when you drop some serious money on a pair of shoes you want to make sure you can get them repaired so they can last for years. I also like that both of these boots feature durable rubber bottoms because an everyday life can be tough one one’s sole. (Couldn’t resist.)
Quite a few companies are grouping their menswear into “lifestyle collections” and one of my favorites is Taylor Stitch. I love the fact that you can buy a complete outfit that has a story behind it; even better if that story fits your own narrative. Take the Good Acre Collection, which is currently in the funding phase. The collection is geared more toward those that work with their hands rather than those sitting behind a desk but, truth be told, it works for both.The Chore Pant is better looking than the worn jeans I tend to wear to work everyday. It features a double knee and is made from 100% cotton Duck Canvas.The Utility Shirt is a slightly heavy fabric, so I see it as a Fall garment or as a light summer jacket worn over a colorful tee. The Cone Mills fabric alternates between twill and plain weave to achieve the “corded” affect.
The collection features two different jackets: The Project jacket, above, is constructed from a 10-oz Beeswaxed Army Duck Canvas, so it is water repellent.The second design is the Chore Jacket, which is on my short list to replace a foreign-made coat I’ve worn for years. The combination of a cotton, dry-wax canvas shell and a 100% cotton blanket stripe lining will be perfect for chores during the New England Fall when the leaves start to change.The shirt that Taylor Stitch chose for ths collection is made in Portugal, so I took the liberty of selecting my own, American-made replacement, the Moss Mechanic Shirt.Finally, there is the all-important footwear. There is only one choice here and that is the Mark Boot, made for Taylor Stitch by Rancourt of Maine.
Taylor Stitch is a crowd-funded site, so you need to act when items are offered. However, there are plenty of items in their Essentials Collection that are kept in stock. It’s a very well-curated collection.
For a limited time you can purchase a pair of men’s Lucchese Cannon Roper Boots on sale at Huckberry. The company has been around for 130 years and their old-world boot-making is legendary (as are their prices).
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the link above. Please do!The Cannon is a classic Western boot but with a more standard height heel. The boots are constructed with a premium suede goat leather and a leather sole. The boots are handcrafted in Texas using classic construction methods such as putting lemonwood pegs in the heel instead of nails, because they naturally expand and contract with the leather.I like the round toe – the boot has that Western flair, but it isn’t over the top for a casual New Jersey office, where a high heel and pointed toe can look a little over the top. And they just look great with a pair of jeans.
The boots come in two colors: black and brown and have a great understated style.
Boot sales seem to be popping up everywhere!Multiple boot brands are on sale at Nordstrom.Huckberry has multiple designs of Thorogood boots on sale. Allen Edmonds has multiple styles at very significant discounts. We can’t create a search showing just boots, so this link will show all sale items. While all the boots are Made in USA, not all the shoes are.Click, then scroll to the bottom to see the Helm boot styles that are now on sale.
These Woolrich Yankee lined boots are currently on sale.
Through January 19 you can get $25 off plus free shipping with code ENJOY25 on Orvis boots (and anything else).