If turning 30 earns me a pair of these then I’ll lose my 20’s every year…gladly. My goodness, these are beautiful.
Cut and sewn from Horween’s Chromexcel leather, made on a Trubalance last, Goodyear welted to a plantation crepe sole, and available exclusively through Context in small batches. Chromexcel is a pullup leather (meaning the oils, waxes, and dyes in the leather temporarily separate when pulled up on, bent, or stressed, creating great color texture) and is meticulously processed, going through something like 89 different processes and an entire month to produce. It’s incredibly supple and will no doubt break in quickly and comfortably. I believe the inside of the boots are lined with calf skin (?), again, incredibly soft, supple, pliable, and very comfortable. This is my first experience with a Trubalance last, but it is heralded as being one of the most natural fitting lasts out there…so far, so good. The crepe sole is a great touch and is a nice change from the leather or neocork soles more commonly found on Aldens. These things will break in beautifully in form and function. I hope one of my kids ends up having the same size feet as me cause these are, no doubt, heirloom quality.