Essex is an remarkable full vegetable tanned leather from Horween Leather in Chicago, Illinois. Essex is drum tanned using the same natural extracts from tree bark that is used to tan Horween's world renowned Shell Cordovan. We developed this color of "natural" using aniline finish and full grain hides for one purpose, to age and develop a beautiful patina.
Without a midsole or welt the cup sole / sidewall stitch construction is one of the lightest and most flexible of all outsole constructions. The cup sole also gives any shoe a unique look, one that is cool and casual