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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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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 Opening Ceremonies of the 2030th Shoelympic Games

    The Opening Ceremonies of the 2030th Shoelympic Games

    Very special episode! The entire shoe world has been on the edge of its heels waiting for 2030th Shoelympics to kick off from Northampton, England, and the Shoecast has secured exclusive coverage of the opening ceremonies!

    Esteemed bootcasters Tichblucho and Boot Robinshoe are all set up in Longwing Stadium to give you a first-hand view of the pageantry, the spectacle, and the SHOES, whose amazing stories will be told through an extremely thin veil of blatant unchecked corporatism. And of course to deliver a preview on which shoes and boots you should expect to see taking home hardware in events like Gaff-Standing, Mirror Shine, the Handwelting, the Steeplechasse, and plenty more. 

    [Producer's note: this is by far the weirdest Shoecast episode ever. Also maybe the best? So uhhh...be sure to tell us which.]



    This episode was sponsored by Grant Stone, multiple-time gold medalist in the Value event, and a rising contender in so many more.



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    • 50 min
    Nick Horween on if Rare Shell Cordovan is Actually Rare, the CXL Lottery, and How to Tan Leather Responsibly

    Nick Horween on if Rare Shell Cordovan is Actually Rare, the CXL Lottery, and How to Tan Leather Responsibly

    Nick Horween is a fifth-generation tanner at the eponymous Horween Leather Co., the Chicago powerhouse that creates Chromexcel, shell cordovan, and an endless array of some of the best boot leathers in the world. So he, uh, knows a lot about leather.

    Nick stopped by the Shoecast to talk about Horween's fascinating history, how the tannery approaches being environmentally conscious in an industry that hasn't always been historically,  what leather development looks like, the CXL lottery,  whether Alden rare shell cordovan is ACTUALLY rare, and of course, the actual correct pronunciation of "chamois". And oh so much more.

    Also Ticho says incendiary things about Chicago-style hot dogs and pizza that probably mean he can't ever visit the Windy City again. Oh Ticho...



    This episode was sponsored by Standard & Strange, where you don't NEED an engineering degree to buy their engineer boots...but it helps.


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    • 1 hr
    Shoegazing's Jesper Ingevaldsson on The Dangerous Fallacy of "Handmade" Shoes, The Coming Dress/Rugged Crossover, Who Needs Bespoke, and Plenty More

    Shoegazing's Jesper Ingevaldsson on The Dangerous Fallacy of "Handmade" Shoes, The Coming Dress/Rugged Crossover, Who Needs Bespoke, and Plenty More

    It's completely possible that Jesper Ingevaldsson knows more about shoes than anyone alive. Jesper IS Shoegazing, the seminal and just monumentally good blog covering quality footwear, mostly in the classic dress category. Over the past decade he's taken a keen journalistic eye and an endless sense of curiosity, and educated millions on shoe construction and finishing while also presenting a razor-sharp review of the industry at large.

    The thing that I love most about Jesper is that he knows his stuff in a way few do in any field—and yet he's not someone who sees his personally preferred, dressier lane as the only correct course for a shoe-lover.

    His appreciation of all quality footwear is beyond evident as we get into the crossover between his nerdy world and Stitchdown's: why aren't more people in his wintry home nation of Sweden wearing more rugged boots? (Well luckily they're starting to, actually...) What is and isn't truly "handmade," how should brands market their products honestly, and what do we need to understand as customers? Why are we all so obsessed with buying shoes and boots on sale when it threatens the very existence of the makers we so dearly love?  Why do we buy four or five pairs of expensive footwear that don't get worn enough when one bespoke pair might be the thing that we really need?

    These questions and plenty more we discuss—including the correct pronunciation of Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget—are relevant to everyone who loves any kinds of welted shoes. And Jesper's episode is an absolute must-listen.



    This episode was sponsored by Standard & Strange, where you don't NEED an engineering degree to buy their engineer boots...but it helps.



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    A Very Important Indonesian Bootmakers Update Episode

    A Very Important Indonesian Bootmakers Update Episode

    The very first episode of the Shoecast—and the most-listened-to episode of all time—was about Indonesian Bootmakers. To close out season 3, Ticho and Ben from Stitchdown knew it was high time to revisit that wonderful world of hand-welted boots and shoes.

    Even in the year since that first episode, so much has changed in Indonesian bootmaking. New brands have emerged. Young makers have risen to crazy—and well deserved—levels of prominence. And the old guard continues to innovate, hone their craft, gain access to incredible new leathers, and just create a better and better product, seemingly every week.

    So dive in to see where the scene is at today—we'll surely need another one of these episodes a year from now.



    This episode is sponsored by Division Road Inc, the Seattle shop that creates some of the best Viberg, White’s, Wesco, and Tricker’s makeups you’ll find absolutely anywhere.



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    • 54 min
    Brett Viberg on Fall/Winter 2021, Pushing Viberg's Manufacturing Forward, and Vintage Inspiration

    Brett Viberg on Fall/Winter 2021, Pushing Viberg's Manufacturing Forward, and Vintage Inspiration

    Brett Viberg is back once more on the Shoecast, to give us a detailed breakdown of Viberg's coming releases in the second half of 2021—there are a LOT, and we've got a full preview on Stitchdown.com.
    Ticho and Ben from Stitchdown also get into how Brett is shepherding manufacturing and finishing quality forward, how Viberg's marketing and storytelling efforts play off that, how he approaches sampling random crazy ideas, what inspires him in terms of vintage shoes and machinery, and what the story is with the Bastion oxfords that people are definitely wondering about.
    Pull up the exclusive Fall/Winter 2021 preview story and give it a listen below!



    This episode is sponsored by Division Road Inc, the Seattle shop that creates some of the best Viberg, White’s, Wesco, and Tricker’s makeups you’ll find absolutely anywhere.



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Division Road's Jason Pecarich On His Viberg Makeup Mindset, Boot Development, and How In The Hell to Save Retail

    Division Road's Jason Pecarich On His Viberg Makeup Mindset, Boot Development, and How In The Hell to Save Retail

    Five years ago, Jason Pecarich took his extensive experience in the menswear industry and opened Division Road Inc. in Seattle: a collaboration-driven menswear shop headlined by boot and shoe makeups from Tricker's, White's, Wesco, and what would quickly become hands-down the deepest Viberg lineup anywhere in the world.

    So how'd he he do it? We get into Jason's uniquely in-depth footwear design outlook that leans heavily on long-term function and comfort in addition to style, what the extended process to truly develop multiple exclusive models—most notably the Shelby boot series—with Viberg looked like, if we'll see more Shelbies in the future, and what he thinks the future of physical retail looks like in general and for Division Road, Oh and Katz's pastrami sandwiches and how Ben hasn't somehow seen When Harry Met Sally. 



    This episode was sponsored by Grant Stone, perhaps the best overall value in shoes and boots, period


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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

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!

Szy20 ,

Awesome boot podcast

Great job! Keep it t going guys! Why do you think of the cheaper US brands, like danner, Chippewa and Thorogood?

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