Rider Boot Co. Fall 2012……coming October:

After chasing around too many dress boots last Fall, I’ve gone back to me true intention and re-developed my Hobo Boot (now called the ‘Jackson’) in a variety of options:

First up is a new calfskin from France that goes through a vegetable re-tanning to plump it up and gives me an option to show off some burnishing.  Particularly pleased with the new Russet color.  Second we have a waterproof suede version coming along on a Crepe outsole, which I have personally always worn but never put into the line.  Very, very comfortable.

note – I am changing, in production, the handstitched thread color to tone-on-tone…..

…..fresh off the plane and debuting next week for Buyers at MRketNY:

So, in our work developing product for LCA here in North America, I started a project with my friend Tiberio Ferretti, in Montecatini,  to give our clients something to wear around their hips:


To start, Tubular Woven Leather with either Brush-Off or Croc Flanks Ranger style tabs or Keeper/End Tab Combo –

Debuting at Mrket July 22-24 in NYC.


We are looking forward to the new Tarrago catalogs arriving next week….preview here:

The new Ottowa in Baltic W/P Suede will be available exclusively at:

LeatherSoul….both Hawaii and Beverly Hills locations.

This random website will have the Desert Sand & the Noix ready to send out in exchange for money….. Rider Boot Shop.


Spent a little time this week re-working a pair of shell cordovan boots that has been thru the ringer, it appears. There are a lot of opinions out there on what is the best way to polish/clean shell cordovan, and there really is no ‘best’ way, IMO. Much of it depends on the finish that the factory that made the shoe or boot uses – not just how the material itself is tanned and finished in Chicago. Besides, there is a fairly large difference in the shells from the delivery to delivery…..it’s not plastic, so what works for one might not be as nice for another. This, however, is how I usually do it:

Arrived –






First step is to brush them off, and then a good bath with Renomat






Next step is a couple of wipe downs with Saphir Regenerant (a cleaner….sponge it on, let it dry, wipe it off) –






After that I make a mix of Renovateur and Cream and brush it on –






After 2 coats of that mix, plenty of brushing and a hard cloth buffing, it’s time for 2 coats of wax (I use Neutral….shell really doesn’t absorb much, if any, color) –







Usually, they turn out well…..and it’s really not hard at all. For everyday maintenance, a simply brushing will do the trick.


The new S/S hikers came out of production great……limited edition supply, with purchase details coming


Ottowa LTD in Cape Butt Suede on Vibram Mountain sole is $660 usd.