In the latest episode of the rather famous workwear boots and shoes focused podcast The Stitchdown Shoecast, I’m the guest. A really interesting talk spanning across many different topics, like the similarities and differences between the dress shoe world and the workwear boots world, discussion on “handmade” shoes and how it’s used for marketing, the actual difference in experience wearing Goodyear welted vs hand welted shoes, and much more.
For those who don’t know, Stitchdown is the largest site in the world on workwear boots and shoes, run by Ben Robinson, and since a a bit over a year he also do The Stitchdown Shoecast together with Patrick “Ticho” Gessner. A great podcast with many nice episodes you should check out if you’ve missed them, not least the one with legendary shoe industry all-arounder Ron Rider, very insightful and highly entertaining for anyone interested in any type of quality shoe.
The episode content is presented like this on Stitchdown: “[We talk about] why aren’t more people in his wintry home nation of Sweden wearing more rugged boots? (Well luckily they’re starting to, actually…) What is and isn’t truly “handmade”? How should brands market their products honestly, and what do we need to understand as customers? Why are we all so obsessed with buying shoes and boots on sale when it threatens the very existence of the makers we so dearly love? Why do we buy four or five pairs of expensive footwear that don’t get worn enough when one bespoke pair might be the thing that we really need? These questions and plenty more we discuss—including the correct and highly incorrect pronunciation of Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget—are relevant to everyone who loves any kinds of welted shoes.”
Also you’ll get a teaser on some workwear boots related projects I’m involved in… Give it a listen, you’ll find the episode here, or in any place you normally listen to your podcasts. And on the shoe podcast related theme, another episode of the Shoegazing Podcast is on its way, so stay tuned for that.