New England has a rich history of churning out high-quality leather, from the tanneries of Fall River, to the face of Steven Tyler. Continuing that history with their leather kicks, Oak Street Bootmakers
Handmade in Maine by a chap who honed his chops working as a kid in his father's cobbler shop, this stylish debut collection of ruggedly preppy leather kicks're "designed for longevity", so basically like Tara Reid for your feet! She's still around, right? Each shoe begins as a carefully chosen Chromexcel hide that's put through a tried-and-true, 89-step treatment process, during which everything from tree bark extracts and marine oil, to food-grade beef tallow and beeswax is skillfully applied over the course of 28 days, but not 28 days later, as your feet'd get Boyles. Classic looks include the hand-stitched traditional Boat Shoe, sporting deck soles & rawhide laces and avail in brown or navy; the four-eyelet lace-up Trail Oxford, boasting a "form-fitting inner", wax stitching, and a Vibram hiking sole; and a slip-on beefroll-style penny loafer equipped with a heel made from stacked leather, which explains how it got to be strong like bull
To extend their life all outsoles are replaceable, and OSB also peddles beautifying products from a Brazilian horsehair brush to Venetian shoe cream that results in the "perfect glaze", also what comes over your face every time you hear a new Aerosmith song.