My first experience with Sagara Bootmaker of Indonesia was not all that positive. Several years ago, my brother bought a pair of Sagara derby shoes in a local Indonesian leather. They were nicely put together, especially for the price, but the upper leather, outsole leather, and rubber heels all cracked and/or deteriorated quite rapidly. I… Continue reading My Favorite Indonesian Boots: Sagara Shell Cordovan Cordmaster Boot Review
As much as I love to wax lyrical about clean, tight stitching, cleanly cut leathers, and perfectly polished heels, the fact of the matter is that most people who wear boots care more about comfort than any of that. It is by far the most subjective aspect of boots, yet it’s the one that weighs… Continue reading What are the Most Comfortable Boots You Can Buy?
Engineer boots are by far my favorite type of boot. I currently own 6 pairs of them, have owned a total of eight pairs, and have tried on and handled quite a few more. Having worn engineer boots for 7 years now and with my opinions on them having been pretty set for the past… Continue reading The Top Ten Best Engineer Boots You Can Buy
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
‘Made in USA’ carries quite a lot of weight for many people in clothing, especially for boots. There are so many brands that build their entire image and reputation on their boots being made in America and how that makes them inherently better made and more rugged and durable than other boots. Are those claims… Continue reading Are Made in USA Boots Better? Does it Matter Where Your Boots are Made?
Indonesia is currently a hotbed for Amekaji-heritage clothing. Actually, much of Southeast Asia is right now. However, if there is one thing that sets Indonesia apart from other countries in their area, it’s the fact that they’re making a lot of products domestically, especially boots. There are a lot of Indonesian bootmakers that have been… Continue reading How Good are Indonesian Boots? Onderhoud Handmade Boot Review
Being someone whose identity has been inextricably tied to engineer boots by others for years, I get a slew of questions regarding them. Among the most common questions and laments that I get from friends, emailers, and people on Instagram is “Where can I buy affordable engineer boots?” While I answer every question I get… Continue reading Why Are There no Affordable Engineer Boots?