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Behind the Build: Phil Kalas of Ashland Leather Co.

Behind the Build: Phil Kalas of Ashland Leather Co.

December 04, 2018

Ashland Leather Co. is dedicated to making a wallet that will last forever, in terms of construction, quality, and style. Enjoy this interview with co-owner Phil Kalas as we learn more about Horween leather and the careful construction of Ashland's timeless goods.

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Black Calf Leather Pre-Order | 4 Patterns, One Week Only

Black Calf Leather Pre-Order | 4 Patterns, One Week Only

October 31, 2018

To celebrate the spookiest season and our co-founder Randy's birthday, we are introducing a truly special limited run of boots and bluchers crafted from a rich black Italian calf leather for one week only. Patterns will be cut and made to order exclusively from this limited article and delivered to you in 2-3 months.

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The Online Movement

The Online Movement

December 02, 2017 2 Comments

We are excited about the future of online purchasing, and are working hard to create a better and more educational experience for the customer. Talking with our valued customers, whether it be through direct message, email, or a now “old-fashioned” phone call, has become one of our most enjoyable parts of the business. Here are some thoughts about the online movement and why we chose to sell direct to consumer.

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September Journal

September Journal

September 16, 2017 9 Comments

Have you considered wearing your Goodyear-welt shoes without socks? Our co-founder Wyatt weighs in on his experience with switching to GYW footwear for the long run.

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Nesting & Cutting

Nesting & Cutting

August 17, 2017

Goodyear-welt construction consists of many steps which can vary depending on the footwear being made as well as on the materials. In this article, we touch on one of the first processes and why we feel it’s so important.

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May Update: Oliver Last, E Widths & Shell Cordovan

May Update: Oliver Last, E Widths & Shell Cordovan

May 17, 2017 2 Comments

Long-awaited updates from Grant Stone HQ: our first Oxford last, wider width options, and adding shell cordovan to the mix.

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Oliver Trials

Oliver Trials

January 12, 2017 10 Comments

We take you behind the scenes of creating a new shoe pattern, in this case the elegant and comfortable cap-toe balmoral we've had on our wishlist for a long time.

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The Leo last

The Leo last

September 28, 2016

The Grant Stone Leo last was derived from Randy's experience fitting various classic-dress and orthopedic lasts made for an assortment of foot shapes. His goal was to combine specific features of comfort and orthopedic lasts with upper silhouettes of time honored Ivy League shoe patterns. This article discusses proper fit and a recommendation for our customers.

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Creating a Clean Vamp Crease

Creating a Clean Vamp Crease

June 10, 2016 6 Comments

We show you how to preserve the shape of your Goodyear-welt boots and shoes by creating a nice, clean vamp crease before you begin wearing your new pair.

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Saddle Tan Trials

Saddle Tan Trials

May 23, 2016 7 Comments

Even though chrome leathers are predominately used in the footwear industry today, there are still select tanneries around the world producing vegetable-tanned hides using calf and cow. We discuss the benefits of veg-tan leather and show some before and after photos of our veg-tanned blucher.

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Ashland Leather's Herbie

Ashland Leather's Herbie

April 30, 2016

Wyatt documents the Ashland Leather Fat Herbie wallet to see how the whisky colored, shell cordovan leather ages when used daily for about a year and a half.

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Crimson Plain Toe - 3 Months

Crimson Plain Toe - 3 Months

April 01, 2016 2 Comments

Before and after photos of the leather that creates Grant Stone's Goodyear-welt footwear.

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