105 episodes

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.

The Stitchdown Shoecast Stitchdown

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    • 4.8 • 92 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.

    Tokyo Boot Scene—Japan's Incredible Footwear City

    Tokyo Boot Scene—Japan's Incredible Footwear City

    Phil Kalas of the Full Grain Podcast takes over the Shoecast this week to interview Ben about his recent trip to boots-and-shoes mecca Tokyo—expect a deep-dive into city's astounding footwear scene, why and how it exists, plus a preview of five upcoming feature videos that'll be coming out before too long.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Behind The Scenes of Footwear Development With White's Boots President Eric Kinney & Jason from Division Road

    Behind The Scenes of Footwear Development With White's Boots President Eric Kinney & Jason from Division Road

    In long-overdue returns to the Shoecast, White’s Boots President Eric Kinney and Division Road’s Jason Pecarich sat down to pull back the curtain on what it’s really like to develop new footwear products, getting into every twist and turn on past collaborative makeups as well as some forthcoming never-before-seen construction + style combos. We also hit on White’s lead times improving, very promising new boot-shoes, and what to expect at the White’s residency at Division Road this Septem...

    • 50 min
    Custom Shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber on Why She Makes a Different Pair Every Single Time

    Custom Shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber on Why She Makes a Different Pair Every Single Time

    Amara Hark-Weber surely must be one of the most delightful people in this world—which anyone could likely tell just from looking at the remarkably unique and creative boots and shoes the Twin Cities, Minnesota-based custom maker creates.This episode, Amara fought through a cold to discuss why she makes EVERY pair different from the previous, the incredible teachers who helped her learn the craft in very different ways, why she owns approximately 100,000 awls, not sleeping the night before a c...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Chisos Founder Will Roman on How Cowboy Boots Will Save Us All

    Chisos Founder Will Roman on How Cowboy Boots Will Save Us All

    For the closeout episode of Shoecast season 11, Ben sits down with Will Roman, founder of Chisos Boots, a young and growing brand out of Austin, Texas that offers one of the best values in a legitimately well made, well designed cowboy boot.They cover how Chisos in some ways started with a lemonade stand, how Will ended up in León Mexico and fell in love with a small father-son workshop that makes Chisos to this day, where Chisos veers from cowboy bootmaking tradition and where it's ext...

    • 43 min
    Exploring What "Handmade" Truly Means With Leatherworker and Bootmaker Bob Henderson

    Exploring What "Handmade" Truly Means With Leatherworker and Bootmaker Bob Henderson

    For the penultimate episode of the 11th season of the Stitchdown Shoecast, I’m quite excited indeed to be chatting with the just ridiculously talented man they call Bob Henderson. Bob is the operations manager at Popov Leather, the bustling leathergoods workshop over yonder in British Columbia, Canada—and over the last few years has been sucked up by the indomitable tractor beam known as bootmaking, operating as Bob Henderson Handmade Boots.In a nice and rangy chat, Bob and I get into how Pop...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Fritz Sr. and Jr. of Seidel Tanning on the Art, Science, and Challenges of Making Leather

    Fritz Sr. and Jr. of Seidel Tanning on the Art, Science, and Challenges of Making Leather

    This time Ben sits down with two, count ‘em TWO Fritz Seidels: Fritz Jr. and Fritz Sr., who every day are continuing on the tradition of the four-generation, 79-year-old Siedel Tanning Corp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to getting the lowdown on some longtime Seidel favorite leathers and overlooked gems, we get into Seidel’s history and fluid approach to tanning and meeting shifting market demands, what in the hell all that machinery in a tannery is doing all day long, why making heavy...

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Qjackson2002 ,

Alden

The amount of people that are part of this heritage community that didn’t grow up with real problems is obvious. If you’re willing to overpay so much for something, and not even acknowledge the opposing argument, it’s evident how you are as a person. Maybe it’s not that deep, but that’s just what I see.

NYC Cycler ,

Fantastic pod

Very informative, with a lot of knowledge packed into a manageable time. The SDP discord is a terrific bunch of folks too. Haven’t had any negative experiences and I’ve been a member for almost a year and a half. Just a collective of folks trying to help each other out (and occasionally enable…) the buying/selling/ making of high quality footwear. 🤡

pandabiotch ,

Bring back Ticho

I really enjoyed the older episodes where it was a discussion between the two host. Don’t care much for interviews.

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