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The Wonders of Patina

With the Stitchdown Patina Thunderdome underway we were inspired to share this beautifully well-worn pair of Harrison Boots in Horween Natural Essex. These came back to us for a re-sole and we impressed by how great they look after approximately two years of wear. Essex is a vegetable tanned leather that Horween created specifically to develop a rich patina over time. Patina comes from the natural darkening of leather over time; whether it's from the elements (heat, moisture, sun, etc.) or from natural "burnishing" of the leather while it's being worn and handled. Patina gives each pair of shoes or...

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Shoemaking Artifacts: Racks

Shoemaking Artifacts: Racks
The rolling rack is an integral part of any shoe factory. If you were to visit our factory you’d see more shoe racks than just about anything else. We don’t keep a count but my guess is that we have hundreds of various types of racks throughout the factory.

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The Sounds Of Handsewing

handsewing a beefroll penny loafer
Our factory is a noisy place; Exhaust fans, air compressors, and shoemaking machines are all loud and unpleasant sounding. However, in the quiet moments it's easy to recognize how satisfying and pleasant the sounds of shoemaking can be. We took some time, when the factory was quiet, to document the audio and visual beauty of handsewing the Beefroll Penny Loafer.

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