This guy is no stranger to shoes having stories behind them. That's what drew me to start custom-designing sneakers in the beginning: the ability to utilize a shoe as the canvas to paint a personal story on. That's why most of the shoes I've created are personally made for that specific person, to tell a story that is significant to them but that may not be to someone else.
What I love about the 1000 Mile Boot is that their story can be, and should be, appreciated by all. It's about the entire 300-step process of making the shoe. The production, the materials, and the people is the story behind this shoe. It encompasses traditional American values of hand-crafted quality goods made by neighbors. This is a trend that seems to have started a post-9/11. I'm not sure if it's American pride or a mixture that people have realized the loss of community and quality by buying products from big-box stores that were made cheaply in factories across the world. Whatever the reason, I love that buying local, mom-and-pop boutique shops, and "quality over quantity," are all coming back "in style."
Part 1 and part 2: The Production Process
Part 3: Maintenance and Care
This got me thinking, "What story do my shoes (and clothing) tell?"