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Oak Street Bootmakers

December 30, 2010

It would be fair to say that Oak Street Bootmakers have been getting a lot of love via the internets recently. It’s all with good reason though – they make seriously high quality moccasin style footwear out of beautiful materials that look ace, so it’s understandable why people have been talking about them loads of late.

As I’m still on the hunt for a good pair of leather boots for winter, I’d been looking at the obvious choices of Quoddy and Yuketen, plus Grenson’s Fred V’s (featured here) and Alden’s Foss Tugger boots (here). With all of said talk about the Oak Street guys, I though I’d have a look on their site and came across the below, all of which look excellent.

First of all is the Camp boot. Look at it, doesn’t it look great? Of course it does, it looks bloody lovely. I want them. They’re made from Brown Chromexcel leather from Horween which is contrasted beautifully by the white stitching (which all benefits from being waxed) and chunky Vibram sole. They’re made in the USA and are hand-stitched by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. They also feature a form-fitting inner, and then Rawhide laces finish things off nicely.

The Trail Oxford slims things down with a lower cut upper, but still shares the same leather as it’s larger sibling, as well as the Vibram sole. It’s also available in navy Chromexcel leather and there’s a camp sole version too, if the Vibram isn’t to your taste and you want something a bit slimmer. This time only the moccasin toe has the white contrast stitching, with the rest of the stitching matching the uppers.

Then there’s the Hunt boot which again features the same materials as the other footwear but in the form of a seven eyelet high upper. It’s a cracking looking thing and one that looks like they’ll take on everything our winters can chuck at them and come out unscathed. This and all of the other boots are welted so when you eventually wear the sole out it can easily be replaced with another, or maybe something different, meaning you’re going to get years of use out of them.

The Chromexcel leather used in all of this footwear takes 28 days to make and goes through a staggering 89 separate processes in it’s production, where beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts and naturally occurring pigments are combined and then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsman and time. It’s a process that’s changed little over the past 100 years, and produces a soft, supple and durable leather that is supremely hard wearing and ages beautifully.

For more information on the brand or to buy a pair of these stunning boots go here: Oak Street Bootmakers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. james permalink
    December 31, 2010 2:32 pm

    These are very nice. I was thinking of getting some yuketen guide boots but think I might try these instead, especially now they’re doing everything in blue Chromexcel.

  2. smartypants123 permalink
    December 31, 2010 2:38 pm

    I like the Hunt boots more than Yuki’s Maine Guide boot, reckon they’re a better shape overall. Be a right touch if they’d do them with a crepe sole like Quoddy, maybe in time they will. A good pair of Grizzy’s will always take some beating though.

    I saw you got the HR Grizzly’s at last. What do you reckon to them?

    • January 1, 2011 12:09 pm

      The Grizzy’s are wicked cheers fella.

      They’re beautifully made and very comfy – glad I finally managed to get a pair and I got them in the sales so saved £80 too. They look like they’ll last forever and I really like the Vibram sole as it’s not as chunky as usual.

      All-in-all a cracking pair of boots.

  3. December 31, 2010 3:28 pm

    they do seem quite perfect. decisions decisions

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