Here at Heddels, we keep a pretty tight focus on bringing you information about everything there has to do with raw denim. As more and more people turn their attention to denim, not only have we seen many old and new brands bring forth all sorts of denim and styles, but there also has been an increased interest in other types of clothing and accessories that nicely compliment the culture and style of raw denim.
One staple piece that is commonly associated with denim is leather shoes and boots, which should come as no surprise since the history of denim and leather goods are closely tied together. While obviously there are many brands in the realm of leather footwear providers that have great selections at various price points, here are a few that we feel are worth mentioning and can get you started on your search for the leather shoe that best fits your denim.
1. Chippewa 6″ Apache Lacer Boot
Chippewa is known for making great quality leather shoes at a lower price point and the Apache Lacer boot is one of the more popular shoes. Like most of their shoes, it features full grain leather, a Vibram sole, and a removable insole. At $136, it’s difficult to find another shoe that matches the build quality and durability of these boots. For those who want to keep things simpler, the American flag pin can be removed. Available at Country Outfitter.
2. Red Wing 1907 Moc Toe
It’s almost impossible not to mention Red Wing when talking about quality leather shoes, particularly when it comes to styling them in with denim. The 1907 Moc Toe, one of Red Wing‘s most well-known and oldest styles, features their famous crepe sole that is lightweight while providing the support and comfort needed when you wear them for long periods of time. As with all Red Wing boots, these boots only gets better with time and have proven to last. Available at Zappos or Red Wing Amsterdam.
3. Clarks Desert Boot
Clarks Desert Boots are one of the most commonly seen boot in the market due to their low price point and comfort. Known for having a light crepe sole, the Desert Boot is a great choice for those who want a lightweight leather boot without burning too big of a hole in their wallets. The construction of the boot is more minimal and the leather used is softer and flimsier than the other shoes in this post but nevertheless, it’s a classic shoe that, if maintained properly, can worn for years. Available direct from the manufacturers via Clarks.
4. Rancourt & Company Ranger Moc
While boots are very commonly paired with raw denim, there are also many alternatives if you want a different look and feel. Rancourt & Company offers the Ranger Moc that is hand-stitched using the same high quality materials as many of the boots shown here and are known to be very comfortable and easy to wear. It’s important to note that these are made to order so it will require some patience after you place your order. They’re available at Rancourt & Co.
5. Oak Street Bootmakers Camp Boot
Oak Street Bootmakers is a relatively young brand from Chicago that has been making its way onto more and more wish lists of denim lovers. Using Chromexcel leather from the famous Horween Leather Company, the Camp Boot also uses a Vibram sole which are widely used by brands all over the world due to its durability, traction and flexibility. The materials used and the construction of the boot makes it a great choice for an all weather boot. Available at Oakstreet Bootmaker.
6. Wolverine 1000 Mile
Wolverine 1000 Mile boot was first made over 125 years ago and has been brought to life recently back using the same techniques and materials that made this shoe popular originally. Like Oak Street, these use full grain Horween Chromexcel leather, but these boots have a stacked leather outsole which gives them a slightly dressier look. Also, many people find the break in period the 1000 Miles to be shorter than other boots. Available at Wolverine.
7. Alden Indy Boot
Indiana Jones was one of my favorite movies as a kid but at the time, I didn’t fully appreciate the shoes Harrison Ford chose to wore in the movies at the time. The Alden Indy Boot, which features their unique signature stitching, has since become an iconic shoe that is associated with being rugged while maintaining a refined style. It is the highest priced shoe on this list but not without reason. It’s made from high quality leather and is shaped on a Trubalance last so there is exceptional support for all types of activity. Available now at Alden Shop.