I was raised on the idea that you don’t have to have a lot of things and junk, but when you do decide to purchase goods, look for quality that’s going to last. Sometimes sticker shock keeps us from buying American Made goods without giving thought to the durability, the warranty or the longevity of the USA product vs a foreign import. Oak Street Bookmakers holds the value of quality as the most important ingredient when making their shoes in Maine, USA. They believe we have turned the corner on the mass-consumption of frivolous cheap products.
From Oak Stree Bootmaker’s website: “The son of a cobbler, Oak Street Bootmakers founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed at his father’s shop where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Today, George seeks to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.
All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.
Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsman and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.”
The video above is from Common Machine Prod.