When an already all-pro lineup adds even more stars, it's time to get scared, unless it's the Redskins, in which case it's time to get Life Alert. Now beefing up their already indomitable offerings, Helm Handmade boots.
Progress Coffee/Owl Tree Roasting owner Joshua Bingaman's debut roster boasted such formidable origination (rendered by Austin artists, then handmade over 5 exacting days in Istanbul using leather from Holland & Australia and soles from Italy & France), it was hard to imagine the collection growing more imposing -- unless of course he added even more unique styles inspired by everything this side of Teen Wolf's "Styles". A selection of newcomers:
Jarmon: Boasting an 11" shaft, this handsome number takes its cues from vintage hiking boots produced by Vasque, a sub-brand of Red Wing; the classic cap toe provides jeans/suit versatility, while the calfskin lining provides "rare comfort", a rare sensation for anyone meeting an 11" shaft.
Emi: Available in tan, black, or gray leather & suede, Emi merges a "shipdeck-influenced" sole with Helm's take on Puma & Adidas' original football boots, taking the World Cup-dominating legacy of Pele and planting it firmly in the poop...deck.
Timmy Bob: More rugged than the rest but still stylish, this "amalgam of Australian work boots of old" is the result of a collab with Christian Helms of ATX design shop The Decoder Ring, a device that sadly can't provide the Australian term for "Stop saying 'beer'. Oh, and "Shut up, you're poor."
Of course Helm's initial models are still available, from the Dapper Dane (inspired by both the Himalayas and The Empire Strikes Back's Hoth) to the slip-on buckled Ernest Brown, inspired by Bingman's grandfather, an ambulance driver -- whose proudest day was when both Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith fell and couldn't get up.