Thorogood for Epaulet No. 685 Boot

Further solidifying their status as the discerning gentleman’s go-to source for affordable, high-quality, American-made goods (as well as their status as my all-time favorite brick and mortar), Brooklyn’s Epaulet have just unveiled their newest collection piece: the Throrogood 685 Boot. Designed and built in collaboration with Wisconsin’s storied Thorogood Shoes, the boots are an updated version of a TS classic (the original 685s came out in the 1950s). Features include a Horween vegetable tanned horsehide upper, cork-filled Neoprene sole, removable (and washable) soft gel insole, and a Goodyear Welt, which will allow for easy replacment of the sole, once the time comes. Leave it to a company that takes its name from a shirting detail, to release a pair of boots as thoughtfully detailed as these. Verbosity aside, the 685 Boots are – in my not so humble opinion – one of AW10’s best footwear options. And with only 144 pairs made, and a price-tag that clocks in at well under $300, they won’t be around for long.

For price and purchase info, visit Epaulet.