In the beginning of last January we launched our first edition of our Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. After the success of the first run we produced a second run and we also developed the first run for women. We received a lot of question how you could treat the natural vegetable leather the best. After all the requests we decided to develop our own Butts and ShouldersBee-Wax kit and Shoe-Stretchers. The Bee-Waxkits contain everything you need to clean and wax your pair of boots. The Bee-Wax is made from natural ingredients to serve you the best. The Shoe-Stretcherswill shape your boots in the original form and the Cedar Wood will also helps for unpleasant odors.
The Blue de Gênes brand expanded their clothing collection with high quality footwear. The shoes are a reflection of the brand and fits perfect with the brand dna.
The line is inspired by the Blue de Gênes cuts on jeans, trousers, shirts and leather jackets. That is why you will find the same signature stitching on the shoe line that you see on their leather jackets. Together with their supplier they created three styles that would fit perfectly into the Blue de Gênes collection.
It was very important to find the right manufacturer of shoes who understand the brand look and feel. They found the perfect partner in the northern part of Portugal in the city of Felgueiras. Their partner is a family owned company, founded in the 19th century by a man who sat by the Portuguese Camino and made and repaired shoes for all the weary pilgrims. The same techniques that were used back then are still used to this day giving the family more than 100 years of experience in making shoes.
The Blue de Gênes footwear collection contains 3 different models:
Labo – the Shoe: Named after the ancient city of “Laboriosa”. A Portuguese city where you will find an old Roman bridge called “Ponte de Lima”. A bridge that crosses the river “Lima”. See more pics here.
Minho – the Zipper Boot: Named after the river that springs in the most northern part of Portugal and crosses the border into Spain. See more pics here.
Lima – the Lace Boot: Named after the river that runs alongside parts of the Portuguese Camino. Lima is also the name of one of the oldest cities in Portugal. See more pics here.
Red Wing just launched again a new killer of a limited edition boot. It’s the RW 8884 6″ Classic Moc Mossy Oak Camouflage. The Red Wing Shoes 8884 Classic Moc Toe in Mossy Oak Camouflage is a Classic Red Wing Shoes Mocassin style and is made in Red Wing, Minnesota. The Red Wing 6″ Moc Toe boot was originally designed for hunters and farmers in the early 1950′s. The Mossy Oak camouflage leather has a very unique pattern of Autumn leaves. Actually this style made a comeback as it was original released around 2004 / 2005 in very low quantities. This boot was an instant hit by Red Wing fans, and it was difficult to get your hands on a pair. So it’s great to see that it’s back again. This time it’s also a limited edition, so be quick with this one!
In the beginning of this year we introduced our new Butts and Shoulders boots for men. Our ‘Goodyear Welted’ constructed boots are a big success. So after the first run of 100 pairs, which sold out very quick, we produced the 2nd run. We also received a lot of positive feedback from women on the boots. This decided us to make them also for women. But with a different last, we shaped it a little bit to get it more feminine. We’re proud to tell you that the first Butts and Shoulders women boots are now ready and available in our webshop. These boots are also made of natural vegetable tanned leather, all handnumbered, made with the ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction, made in Portugal in small quantities. Perfect boot for this Fall / Winter. Go check it out!
Red Wing Shoes has something special to celebrate! For the first time since the 20’s they are launching a Red Wing Women’s collection. Red Wing already started making women’s shoes in the 1920’s, when a wave of feminism got women wearing pants and boots. The daughter of the owner of the Red Wing Shoe Company brought them back. She started working on the new RW women’s collection two and a half years ago and they are now finally available!
The Red Wing Heritage Women’s Collectionis made with the same craftsmanship and authentic care as the men’s collection. The boots are all made with cowhide, with is much softer and thinner than the steer hide used for men’s boots. Not only the leather is more comfortable, they also shapred the fit to the needs of women. The lasts are completely re-designed for a slimmer and more comfortable wear and the shoes feature a much softer insole.
From today, the Red Wing Shoe Store Amsterdamoffers the Short Engineer, Clara, Iron Ranger and 6” Moc Toe. Get yours in store or online now. Red Wing Amsterdam is also organising a special launch party tomorrow in their RW Store at the Reestraat from 18.00 till 21.00. Congrats with this great milestone!
One of the latest editions of the Red Wing Shoes family is the RW Shoes 8137 Classic 6” Moc Toe in Black Chrome. The RW 8137 boot is a classic mocassin style and is made in Red Wing, Minnesota. The Red Wing Moc Toe boot was originally designed for hunters and farmers in the early 1950′s. The name Red Wing ‘Moc Toe’ (Moccasin), is the traditional Algonquian Indian word for the U-shape design of the toe. The Red Wing 8137 comes in ‘Black Chrome’ leather, and black laces, which has a smooth and polished look. These Red Wing boots makes you Winter ready!
Last January we launched our ultimate Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. The first run was made in 100 pairs. After this first success we produced the 2nd run. The 2nd run of our Butts and Shoulders boots arrived at our warehouse. All sizes are back on stock again. This time we also produced smaller sizes, so they run from 6UK till 12UK. The beautiful leather will age very nice over time, check the pic here below to see it for yourself. The specs of the boots are;
Red Wing shoes introduce their new range: ‘Weekender Oxford’ shoes. Red Wing created these shoes with the idea that you can also wear in the weekends your beloved footwear brand when you jumped out your working boots. The Weekender Collection is a flexible and lightweight alternative that gives you the well deserved comfort you need for the weekend. As all Red Wing shoes these are also made with the highest standards, leather and craftsmanship. The Weekender collection is now available in different colours. Perfect shoes for upcoming Spring.
Besides working as a freelance marketing and retail specialist in the denim industry, running this daily denim blog I am also one of the founders of the ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand. Two years ago we started with ‘Butts and Shoulders’ as we wanted to share our passion for authenticity, craftsmanship and durable products. Our first product was the travel bag and soon after this first success we launched several other bags and small products.
One of our dreams was also to create our ultimate boot, a ‘Goodyear Welted’ boot. Not a collection, only one boot. Made with the highest standard that last you a lifetime. As with most of our products we used natural vegetable tanned leather, we call it virgin leather. This leather will age very nice with wear. The boots are made by hand in sunny Portugal and are all hand numbered to make them more special. The first run is made in 100 pairs only! We went to Portugal to make a promo video to show you the process and our vision behind our brand/boots. The video is made by the very talented Edwin van der Sande. Edwin did an amazing job with this film! Very proud to show you our boots and our road movie. Enjoy.
Unique hand numbered tongue
(this is number 2 of the 1st production run of 100 pairs)
Next week we’re going to launch our new family member of our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand, our ultimate ‘Gooyear Welted’ boot. The boots are made by hand in Portugal. We use natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. Every pair is numbered by hand to make them more special. High quality boots for life, stay tuned!
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For Fall Winter 2016 ‘Blue Days Footwear’ is coming with a collection for men and women called ‘Brogue Selvedge’. The brand is founded by Yanto Drogt four years ago. He started the brand because he wanted to create a product with his two biggest passions: denim and footwear. All the styles are manufactured with great care in Portugal with only the finest materials and the highest quality selvedge denim fabrics from Italy combined with leather. For the F/W16 collection Yanto used the authentic brogue shoe as inspiration and gave this classic a fresh twist. Check some shots from the lookbook here below. Good luck with the sales Yanto!
Back from our Portugal trip where we started our first production run of our upcoming Butts and Shoulders hand made ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. The boots are made with the best quality available, natural vegetable tanned leather. A boot that last a lifetime. Available in the beginning of January 2016! More about this later…
Red Wing Shoes teamed up with Danish chopper brand Wrenchmonkees for this special Iron Ranger boot collab. They create a beautiful black monster! The Red Wing 4545 Wrenchmonkees Iron Ranger is made with Red Wing Black spitfire leather, this is a heavily waxed ‘rough-out’ leather. Especially for the bikers amongst us, the Wrenchmonkees Iron Ranger has a black Vibram outsole and waxed laces for maximum grip. They made 666 collab pairs which are available in some selected stores.
We’re working hard on the last finishes for our new upcoming product for our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand. We create our ultimate boot, our classic boot. For the boot we use only the best of the best materials like our beloved natural vegetable tanned leather. The boot is constructed with the famous and lifelong lasted Goodyear Welted construction. So the boots will age very nice over time, but also will fits like a glove. The boots are going into production this December in a Portuguese factory. This factory is specialized in high standard ‘Goodyear Welted’ footwear. They make a lot of shoes and boots for the army as well. In Holland we will finish the boots to make them more special. To give you a tip from the iceberg, each pair will get an unique hand stamped number like our natural virgin bags. Looking really forward to visit our factory to start the first production run of our boots. Below some sneak pics from the making of our samples.
Every now and then Red Wing is coming with a special limited edition. This time they launched one of my personal favo’s, the 8882 classic moc toe indigo portage. The Red Wing 8882 is made from the premium Indigo Portage leather from Red Wing’s SB Tannery. The Red Wing 6″ Moc Toe boot was originally designed for hunters and farmers in the early 1950′s. It was built for hard labor and harsh weather conditions. The name Red Wing ‘Moc Toe’ derives from ‘Moccasin’, the traditional Algonquian Indian word for the U-shape design of the toe. The Red Wing Shoes 8882 is a variation on the ultimate Red Wing classic: The Red Wing 875. This special edition is a true must have for every denimhead. Don’t wait too long as these are limited!
The Red Wing Shoes launched the limited edtion Huntsman 2015 edition. These boots dates back to 1936. The original Red Wing 2015 was known as the 668 and is one of the first hunting boots designed the Red Wing Shoe Company. The Red Wing 668 Huntsman could be considered as the forefather of the Red Wing 877, Red Wing’s most iconic shoe. The Red Wing Shoe Company released this limited edition boot to celebrate their 110th anniversary this year. The Red Wing 2015 Huntsman Boot is made from a special Black Klondike leather which is a not ‘dyed through’ leather. Again a beautiful U.S.A. made Goodyear Welted boot by Red Wing. Congrats with your anniversary!
The Japanese denim brand FDMTL teamed-up for their 10th anniversary with sneaker brand Vans. For this collab they made a special from the classic Era and Slip-On models from Vans. The uppers have a link to the authentic Japanese workwear with Sashiko and Boro clothing patterns. The indigo on both sneakers will age very nice just as a pair of jeans. Congrats FDMTL with this nice collab and of course with your anniversary.
The Red Wing Shoes 8052 Oxford Brick is a round toe oxford, classically crafted with Brick Settler leather, a Nitrile Cork outsole, Goodyear welt construction and triple stitched quality to function as a durable and smart-looking shoe. These classic shoes were made originally for factory floor managers, also known as foreman. While factory workers needed sturdy boots, the foreman needed a shoe to move back and forth between his office and the work floor. With these Red Wing oxfords you could stand up to the concrete floor and not be too heavy for an entire day spent behind a desk. Nowadays you can wear these perfect on the street with you favo pair of jeans. The classic silhouette and the brown coloured leather are perfect. These will age very nice over time. I scored my RW pair at the awesome online store Warenmagazijn. Warenmagazijn is a specialist as it comes to authentic and durable stuff for your kitchen, garden and your daily life. Check out the store and of course the shoes here below.
Yesterday I received this great book ”Found” from Cone Denim Mills from the U.S. Cone Denim is celebrating this year their 110th anniversary with their White Oak Plant. Cone Denim is world famous of their partnership with Levi’s, this year they work 100 years together! This partnership is also know as ‘The Golden Handshake’.
But back to the amazing ”Found” book. My copy is the second print from 2008. The book is made after a nice story which started when a guy named James Harlon founded a pile of denim in an old house. He kept the denim four years when he decided to contacted Cone Denim. This pile was a true denim treasure, existing 40 very rare and unique worn-out styles from the ’40′ and ’50′s. The items were used back in the days as workwear and repaired many times by the previous owner(s). The brands from the pile were Stonewall, JC Penny, Big Mac, Anvil, Lee, Blue Bell, Big Winston, etc. Most of the brands don’t exist anymore. Cone Denim was so happy to add this to their private archive that they decided to make a special booklet about it and ”Found” was born. The items are really cool, I like the patched ones a lot! But maybe my personal favo’s are the denim shirts with the sun-bleached outlines on the front and the back from the bib overalls. The sun gave these items a natural vintage look, very impressive and cool. Can you imagine how long these shirts were used under the bibs while working. The last three pics are the back of these shirts.
The ”Found” book is a really great one! I am very happy to add this one to my personal denim book archive after so many years. Many thanks Cone Denim and happy anniversay! Keep up the good work!
Last weekend we showed our latest Butts and Shoulders member, our ultimate boot, at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. The boot is made from natural vegetable tanned leather with the legendary ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction. The leather will age very nice within time, just like our ‘Virgin’ product range. The boots are made in Portugal and are made to last a lifetime. One style, one leather, one classic boot for men. Sales are starting now to retailers (if you’re are interested as retailer, send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org), first orders were already made at the fair. Keep you updated about our new Butts and Shoulders member. Check below some sneak pics from our booth and the boots.