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: email@example.com), 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.
Tomorrow we are showing our new Rough collection and the latest member of our Butts and Shoulders family at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. Our new member is a handmade Goodyear Welted boot made from natural vegetable tanned leather. Below a first sneak pic of the boot. The leather will age very beautiful over time. You can see it on the second picture. More about the boot later, see you in Amsterdam!
Japan meets Italy in this sneaker collaboration. Edwin Jeans teamed-up with Superga footwear for this Spring Summer ’15. Superga started 100 years ago in Turan producing shoes with vulcanised rubber soles and the Classic Superga 2750 Heritage style was born. For this collab they produced a tonal version of their iconic canvas tennis shoe. Crafted from a fully breathable cotton, the simple canvas silhouette has been stripped back, in-keeping with the ancient Japanese ‘Shibui’ aesthetic of appearing simple but including subtle details.
White sneakers are the best to wear with an unwashed denim so the indigo from the jean can bleed onto the white canvas. One of my personal favorites. Perfect collab with one of the oldest Japanese denim brands. The sneakers are available in Edwin stores located in Paris, Berlin and London.
Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes visited the legendary Trickers store in London last October to create a series of Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes shoes. Trickers established in 1829 is a classic UK footwear brand. The first collab shoe is a 21st century blue version of the Trickers Burton country shoe. The lining of this heavy brogue Derby is made of blue leather and the shoe is soled with brown Dainite rubber. The Burton is characterised by the bellows tongue, storm welt and leather uppers and linings. The exclusive Tenue de Nîmes x Trickers collaborations are hand-made in England and come with an additional pair of laces as well as leather conditioner to take good care of your shoes. Every pair is signed with a golden Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes logo. Meet the first of the series, the indigo blue ones.
Blue Days Footwear is a pretty new Dutch footwear brand made by people who combine the love for denim and the passion for shoes. Blue Days is in design, simple, fresh, and a bit against the grain. The shoes are made from the finest denim fabrics from Italy and manufactured in Portugal. Check some of the Blue Days Footwear here below.
Classic footwear brand Converse teamed up with Levi’s Jeans for an All-Star collaboration for Japanese retailer Beams. The base for the collab is the classic low All-Star made with selvage denim from the famous White Oak cotton mills in North Carolina – U.S.A. The selvage is visible on the heel of the sneaker. Curious how these sneaker will age over time. Unfortunately the collab is only available at the Beams stores in Japan.
Evisu Jeans Japan just released these new denim footwear styles. The shoes are classic styles combined with unwashed denim fabrics. Great to wear with your denim outfit. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair.
Red Wing just launched a classic boot as a special in their collection: the #8180 Kangatan model a.k.a. Green Monster! This boot is a kind of homage to the boots, the Super Setter 888, which were developed for one of the greatest baseball hitters Ted Williams / Sears brand in the ’60′s. The original boot was made of lightweight kangaroo hide. The re-issued 8180 is made from Portage cowhide leather, but it has the same unique green colour.
As I am a big fan of the RW moc toes this one was on my wishlist for a long time. Finally they are back and in my collection now. What I like the most about them is that they look like a World War 2 army boot with the green colour and brown detail at the top. Big thanks to Matthijs van Meurs / Red Wing Europe!