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Exploring the wonderful world of quality footwear, how it’s made, and all the things we love about it.Check out Stitchdown.com for shoe and boot reviews, interviews with industry titans, profiles, release info, and more.

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    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

Exploring the wonderful world of quality footwear, how it’s made, and all the things we love about it.Check out Stitchdown.com for shoe and boot reviews, interviews with industry titans, profiles, release info, and more.

    Black Boots: Boring or Essential? Ben & Ticho’s Biggest Boot Regrets. Plus: How YOU Can Help Cobblers.

    Black Boots: Boring or Essential? Ben & Ticho’s Biggest Boot Regrets. Plus: How YOU Can Help Cobblers.

    You know, when you have a history of publicly claiming to not be a black-boot lover and then you have a podcast co-host who can even more publicly prove that you are a black-boot lover…well, you need to make a Shoecast out of it we suppose.
    On yet another Shoebag episode, Ticho and Ben tear open the digital sack of reader questions to explore the deeper meaning of black boots, the best process to break in a new pair, how to get the optimum roll situation on your shell cordovan and horsebutt boots, when does footwear truly become art, Ben's obsession with the chonk majesty of Viberg’s 110 last, and a hugely important question: what to do with welted leather footwear that there isn’t a resale market for.
    And then, naturally, we revel in the wonders of South Carolina style BBQ, homemade popcorn, and peanut butter-covered peanut butter bites.



    This episode was sponsored by Division Road, whose new Virginia boot-heaven compound on 45 acres of farmland officially opens August 25th

    Theme song: The Road by Punk Rock Opera

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Yuketen Visionary Yuki Matsuda on Vintage Inspiration, Shoe Saunas, Beaver Fur, and More

    Yuketen Visionary Yuki Matsuda on Vintage Inspiration, Shoe Saunas, Beaver Fur, and More

    Yuki Matsuda is an absolute gem of a man. If there's someone more relentlessly excited to design and make and just talk shoes after more than three decades in the biz than Yuketen's founder, I haven't met them (but would definitely like to; DM me plz).

    It's no stretch to say that Yuketen is eternally in contention for the Most Interesting Footwear Brand Going Award. Over the decades, Yuki has explored a remarkable range of styles (from monkey boots, to mules, to his Goodyear welted "Land Jordan" sneakers), materials (printed Italian suede...that beaver fur!), and constructions. But the core of the brand is its relentlessly distinctive true moccasin construction handsewn boots and shoes, including Yuki's personal all-time favorite Maine Guide DB boot.

    After literal years of trying, we finally pinned Yuki down to chat about the strokes of luck that got Yuketen started over 30 years ago, his singular design approach and the massive vintage-freak influence that plays into it, and how he seeks out the manufacturing partners who care about shoes the same way he does—with an insane amount of passion that often cuts directly against any sort of traditional business sensibility. Bless them all.

    Oh also we obviously cover his vintage Datsun and get overly excited about backpacks that used to be made in Montana in the 90s. Yuki!!


    This episode was sponsored by Division Road, whose new Virginia boot-heaven compound on 45 acres of farmland officially opens August 25th

    Join the Stitchdown Discord today, unless you hate boots of course

    Theme Song: The Road by Punk Rock Opera 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    What's Brewing at the New Division Road Virginia? We Went Down There to Find Out.

    What's Brewing at the New Division Road Virginia? We Went Down There to Find Out.

    Just about one year ago, footwear/menswear super-retailer Division Road packed up the Seattle storefront that has served as its home for the better part of a decade, to move its operations to 45 acres in Scottsville, Virginia—a true rural area about 20 disturbingly scenic minutes outside Charlottesville.
    The promised plans for the relocation have been big—a true footwear and menswear destination that turns traditional retail completely on its head—but also not totally transparent. So Ticho and I had to find out just what the hell DR head man Jason Pecarich had in store, and headed down to the new DR CVA headquarters and property—aka The Fields—about a month ago.
    Guess what: it's good. Real good.

    DR's been chronicling its move and new evolution in a video series that is absolutely worth checking out. But to get an even fresher sense of things, may we also recommend listening to without a doubt the most idyllic Shoecast we've ever recorded.
    Sitting on a screened-in porch with the birds chirping away on the 45 acre farm, we sat down with Jason to discuss his vision for the new Division Road when it officially opens August 25, 2022; how The Fields are developing and what features will come online when; the ripping brand-driven event schedule he's got planned; the risks a move like this presents; and plenty, plenty more.


    This episode was sponsored by Grant Stone, one of the best values in Goodyear welted footwear, period


    Join the Stitchdown Discord today, unless you hate boots of course

    • 49 min
    Cobbler and Bootmaker Tess Gobeil on How Doing Things Differently Has Propelled Her Repair Business (and Also Tim Horton's)

    Cobbler and Bootmaker Tess Gobeil on How Doing Things Differently Has Propelled Her Repair Business (and Also Tim Horton's)

    Former Dayton bootmaker Tess Gobeil is the co-founder of Awl Together Leather, a custom leatherwork and shoe repair shop in Vancouver, Canada that just so happens to be on our shortlist of Stitchdown-recommended cobblers.  She's also just an absolute hoot—we're pretty sure this episode sets the Shoecast "hey look at us, we're just sitting here cackling about shoe stuff" record by a country mile.

    Tess is also a woman—who runs Awl Together with her non-binary business partner Ariss—in a field that's overwhelmingly male-dominated. We get good and deep into how she's successfully navigated that landscape, along with her toughest/most enjoyable/most loathed/craziest/weirdest repair jobs, dogs eating boots, the boot cookies she gives to dogs who eat boots, Tim Horton's coffee, Montreal bagels, and plenty, plenty more.



    This episode was sponsored by Grant Stone, one of the best values in Goodyear welted footwear, period


    Join the Stitchdown Discord today, unless you hate boots of course


    Theme Song: The Road by Punk Rock Opera 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Summer Shoes! Surely Incomplete But Still Damn Useful Recommendations on Loafers, Handsewns, Boot-Shoes, and More

    Summer Shoes! Surely Incomplete But Still Damn Useful Recommendations on Loafers, Handsewns, Boot-Shoes, and More

    Summer shoes! Those are just...boots, right? Apparently not!
    In a Shoecast episode for which we applied 120 SPF sunscreen (to our shoes), Ticho and Ben first figure out what a summer shoe really means, and then get down into dishing out recommendations on loafers, handsewn moccasins of all kinds, unlined bluchers et al, boot-shoes (obviously), Birkenstocks, and, um...sandals? Yes, sandals—at which point it's revealed just how horrified of his own toes Ticho is. 
    We also break down the lifestyle choice that is socklessness in frightening detail—including tips and tricks on what to do and not to do if you want to keep your feet in once piece. Which is always a good idea, in any season. 
    Summer's just heating up, so give it a listen below!

    This episode was sponsored by Standard & Strange, where it's always leather jacket season, even in 97 degree heat (but also they sell sick tiger shirts)

    Theme Music: The Road by Punk Rock Opera

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Nerding Out With Young Stud Bootmaker Nathan Florsheim

    Nerding Out With Young Stud Bootmaker Nathan Florsheim

    Rising bootmaker Nathan Florsheim's shoe-famous last name isn't a coincidence—the great great grandson of Florsheim Shoes founder Milton Florsheim decided over a year ago to become the first person in his family to actually make a pair of boots themselves in generations.

    And man has he gotten good at it quickly. Under the benevolent tutelage our mutual friend Lars from Østmo Boots, Nathan has evolved into one of the most impressive one-person bootmakers in the US—NF Bootmaker—in basically no time flat, hand-making service boots with his trademark rivet using an impressively wide range of leathers. And he's committed to the craft—just before we spoke Nathan actually quit his day job to go full-time on bootmaking.

    So how did he get started? What challenges did he face at the beginning? What's absolutely scared the hell out of him along the way? Why do his boots have such sexy butts? HOW IN THE WORLD DO PEOPLE EVEN MAKE BOOTS THEMSELVES?? And what's next for NF? Nathan gets WAY in depth (and wonderfully nerdy) about all of it, and is incredibly generous  with the level of specific detail he offers.

    If you've ever considered making boots or shoes, or are just interested in the process that goes into it, you definitely don't want to miss this one.


    This episode was sponsored by Standard & Strange, which is now stocking excellent Japanese footwear brand Rolling Dub Trio—which is a very good thing

    Join the Stitchdown Discord today, unless you hate boots of course

    Theme Song: The Road by Punk Rock Opera

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

irnoelon ,

You like boots?

Informative, interesting interviews on all things quality boots can bring to your life. I enjoy the leaning process in all things and these two bring the goods!

Esteban_PodcastReview ,

Fun and Informative

If you’re like me and you spend a significant amount of time each week watching boot/shoe reviews on YouTube, this show is for you. I’ve learned quite a bit from the hosts and the guest interview episodes are helpful too.

Patrick in Louisville ,

Amazing find

These guys strike the perfect balance between fanatical shoe nerdery and not taking themselves too seriously. Great humor, great guests; great podcast!

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