Fire Aging

The “Aged by Fire” process uses the power of flame to emulate the patina formed by years of wear. Each pair of “Aged by Fire” boots is hand-customized to order, so all sales are final. Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery.

Why are Portuguese leather boots gaining popularity?

Portugal is a beautiful, colorful country that is full of artisans. Portugal's shoemakers have built a reputation for quality in the leather boots industry, despite intense competition all around the world. There’s something unique for everyone and a trip to Portugal isn’t complete without picking out a pair of shoes. Portuguese shoes are as favored as it’s well-known neighbors - Italian and Spanish leather shoes. Small and medium-sized factories reign the Portuguese shoe-manufacturing where shoes are sewn by hand. Portuguese shoes are not as narrow as the other manufacturers in the European Union. That’s why tourists love them as it fits their broader feet. 

Each Portuguese leather boot is a true work of art, that gains more and more admirers by the year. The unusual textures, iconic designs, various color options, and tanning methods are the qualities embodied in a pair of Portuguese boots. Traditional shoemakers in Portugal are in business since the early 1900s. They started by making short leather work boots called ‘botins’ for the Portuguese military during world war I. Outside of the military, Botins pair well with dark denim, chinos style trousers. However, heavy-duty stitching, metal eyelets, and thick rubber soles make these boots extremely durable for daily wear.  

In today’s times, people like to go beyond malls and showrooms and have a chance to engage with the process that creates their boots. Men have a stronger emphasis on design and quality and hence, they have a greater appreciation for the effort involved in their leather boots. 

Portugal ranks 17th in the overall world shoe production and the footwear produced here is the second most expensive in the world, owing to the great craftsmanship and leather quality. With foreign investments of millions of euros and family-owned business legacies, leather production in Portugal has been modernized and has adapted to the growing demand. This flexibility of Portugal's shoe industry is the key to its success. Another notable feature of Portuguese leather boots is the environment-friendly methods that are used for tanning leather. Vegetable-tanning an old-world, truly "chromium-free" method that does not use harmful chemicals. It takes advantage of the acids naturally found in some plants leaves, tree barks, and even in some fruits. This tan has a slightly brownish tinge with a natural, wooden and earthy smell.

Vegetable-tanned leather has a  natural and organic look, high endurance and can last an entire lifetime. Being a sustainable method, it also contributes towards revitalizing the local society and general culture.

Urban Shepherd Boots are handcrafted at a small, family-owned workshop in Benedita, Portugal, the traditional home of Portuguese shoemaking, has been making boots for five generations. Our highly skilled artisans use time-tested construction techniques. Every pair of Urban Shepherd Boots features a genuine leather midsole and heel counter, hand-laid cork footbed, hand-shaped stacked leather heel, and Genuine Goodyear Welt Construction, a durable welt process that allows our boots to be resoled repeatedly. Only the highest quality materials are used in making Urban Shepherd Boots. We use only natural leather and high-quality components. We never use engineered or reconstituted leather. All of our leather is sourced locally in nearby Alcanena, Portugal, the birthplace of Portugal’s leather industry, where many of our tanneries have been producing leather using traditional methods for over 100 years. 

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