I do not like outsourced production of products. Overall, I believe that it has absolutely no place in the Amekaji scene. To me, any product that is outsourced does not deserve to have the word “heritage” ascribed to it. There are some exceptions, of course. Technically, The Rite Stuff is outsourced because it’s a brand… Continue reading How Good are Outsourced Boots and Shoes? Grant Stone Review
This is our most interesting episode yet! We interview John Lofgren or John Lofgren Bootmaker, the company that is largely responsible for the surge in popularity of the engineer boot and makes some of the best boots in the world. We talk about proper engineer boot design, culture quirks between Japan and the USA, the… Continue reading The Stitch Perfect Podcast Episode 3: An Interview with John Lofgren
Aero is a staple of the leather jacket world. In the eyes of many, they are responsible for kickstarting the repro leather jacket craze. For many leather jacket fans, they are the standard by which all other leather jackets are measured. While there is good reason for that in some ways, we have learned that… Continue reading Aero Leather Jacket Review: Why I Sold It
This is a big one. Today, I will be reviewing my first ever pair of engineer boots. These are the ones that started the journey for me and really helped push my style to what it is today. The John Lofgren engineer boot is a modern classic and it along with the Mister Freedom Road… Continue reading John Lofgren Boot Review: The John Lofgren Engineer Boot
If you know Amekaji-heritage clothing and boots, you know the name John Lofgren. His footwear has become a staple of this hobby and his engineers are considered by many to be one of the models that kicked off the current engineer revival we have been experiencing lately. Lofgren engineers were my first pair of Amekaji-heritage… Continue reading John Lofgren Interview
*I have links to store and brand websites in this and many of my other articles, but to maintain my independence, I do not use affiliate links. These links are for the convenience of my readers and do not make me a single cent. Given that I have been reviewing more affordably priced boots lately,… Continue reading How to Buy Affordable Boots
Recently I’ve been sticking to straight up reviews and style interviews. Quite frankly it has been too long since I’ve put a good rant up here so I will remedy this right now. It's time for a boot discussion. If there was one thing that I would change about the heritage menswear/raw denim/workwear/boots community/world/subculture besides… Continue reading Can One Pair of Boots Really be Better than Another?
In the last article, which you can read here, I stated that Chromexcel (also called CXL) is probably the most well known chrome tanned leather in the world. In fact, I misspoke. Chromexcel is likely the most well known and recognizable leather by name in the world regardless of tannage. People often refer to it… Continue reading Is Horween Chromexcel Overrated?
There are quite a lot of boots out there on the market and as such, there are quite a lot of different leathers used for them. In this article, I wanted to go over some of the most common types of leathers used for making our favorite footwear. If you are fairly new to the… Continue reading An Overview of Different Boot Leathers