Handmade Leather Shoes

  1. What You Need To Know About Footbeds In Boots

    One of the most significant parts of a pair of boots is one of the things you just don't see...namely, the footbed. Arguably, it's the most important aspect of construction, but it's the part that gets overlooked too easily. 


    Often enough, it's the footbed that sets the stage for the longevity and comfort of a pair of work boots and indeed, even casual boots. The support you feel under your feet has far more to do with what's under your foot than the leather that goes over it. 


    And it is also the footbed where most boot brands fall terribly short. If there is an area where a bootmaker should not compromise, the footbed is it...and that's where most of them do. So let's talk about why it's important and what goes into a good one. 

    What Is The Footbed? 

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  2. Where Do Most Leather Boot Makers Compromise?

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    Obviously, leather boots are offered at multiple price points. Whether it's work boots or more fashion-oriented boots you're looking at, you're going to notice a bunch of different companies' boots that look the same at various price points. 


    The best work boots will probably cost you $400 to $600. You might see some comparable boots in terms of how they look for a lot less...maybe even a tenth of that amount. 


    So what's the difference? What sets the top tier of boot makers apart...and what do the low and middle-tier of boots companies compromise on to meet their price point? 


    We can't speak for any one individual product, and we aren't going to say that they're ripping people off or giving anyone less than value for price paid, or that you can't find a very decent set of work boots that are affordable. What we can tell you is the differences in various aspects of construction and materials that are common to low- and middle-tier products.

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  3. Work Boots To Keep Feet Cool? The Answer Is Better Socks

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    A lot of people wonder if there is a particular type of work boots to keep feet cool. While hot weather footwear is a thing (we'll talk about that) the answer is really to get better socks. 


    That sounds kind of convoluted, doesn't it? Don't worry; we're going to go over that a bit more. 


    The truth is your feet are going to get warm if you're wearing work boots in warm weather. They're going to also be warm if you're wearing work boots in cold weather and doing actual labor. 


    So why are socks the key to keeping your feet from getting too hot?

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  4. How Do I Buy Good Work Shoes?

    The problem with most work shoes, and in fact most shoes in general, is that there are hundreds of manufacturers out there. And all of them use different lasts.

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  5. Why Are Leather Shoes Expensive?

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    Why are leather shoes so expensive? Like most handmade products, the bulk of the cost comes from the skilled labor that goes into creating them.

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  6. Should You Rotate Work Boots Or Dress Shoes?

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    Often the suggestion is made to buy two pairs of leather boots or shoes to rotate them. Is it an important thing that you should be doing?

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  7. Caring For Leather Shoes

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    The price of freedom is vigilance, and so it is with quality leather shoes. However, a few good habits that don't take long to observe can pay dividends with decades of use with good care.

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  8. Are Handmade Leather Shoes A Good Investment?

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    Handmade leather shoes are not just a product that fills a need for a time; they're an investment for the long haul.

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