Here are a few tips to help care for your new purchase. Treat them right, and they will be your lifelong companion.
Break Them In
Real leather is stiff but gives with wear. After 2-3 wears, they will stretch and mold to your feet. Wear thick socks at first to add some support until they break in.
A natural leather dressing will keep your boots from cracking and will help to waterproof them.
Let Them Breathe
To keep your boots hydrated, keep them at room temperature. Avoid storing your boots in plastic bags.
Meet the new environmentally friendly BACKROAD with a recycled truck tire sole. Instead of throwing nondecomposable tires into a landfill, we have repurposed them into soles. Now we can help our environment while offering a durable sole that will last longer.
The BACKROAD is our fresh take on the Classic American Work Boot of the early 20th century: functional yet sophisticated. This is a 6-inch all-purpose boot made with our water-resistant, waxed Portuguese leather that will reveal a stunning patina over time. This boot will age handsomely with wear.
Like all Urban Shepherd Boots, the BACKROAD is made with a genuine leather midsole, hand-laid cork footbed, and Genuine Goodyear Welt Construction, a durable welt process that allows our boots to be re-soled repeatedly.
- UPPER: Waxed Portuguese calfskin leather
- CONSTRUCTION: 270˚ Goodyear welt
- EYELETS: Anti-rust brass hardware
- LACES: Waxed cotton laces in brown
- DETAIL: Brown heavy-duty stitching
- FOOTBED: Anti-shock cork footbed that molds to your feet
- INSOLE: Tan genuine leather
- MIDSOLE: Genuine leather
- SOLE: Recycled truck tire
- SHANK: Steel
- HEEL: Recycled truck tire
Urban Shepherd Boots are handcrafted at a small, family-owned workshop in Benedita, Portugal where boots have been made for five generations. 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, where many of our tanneries have been producing leather using traditional methods for over 100 years.
*This boot runs true to European sizing. We suggest using a Brannock chart to convert to US sizing or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
*Special orders are handcrafted-to-order at our workshop in Portugal. Since this is a customized process, please allow an estimated 4-6 week wait time to receive your order.