If you hadn’t noticed, we have a penchant for shoes made in the US here at Gear Patrol. So, when Oak Street Bootmakers hit the web with yesterday announcement it was a perfect storm to win our lustful eye. Based out of Chicago, Oak Street was founded by George Vlagos to carry on the shoe making traditions garnered from his father James. Paying homage to that quality focused upbringing, all Oak Street’s offerings are made by hand in the great Pine Tree State (Maine) from Horween Leather. Combine that with some classic yet intriguing models and you’ve got a contender.
Of the four models released, our favorite is the Trail Oxford ($220) with camp sole (a gallery of exclusive images for GP is after the jump). Offered in navy or brown Chromexcel leather, each pair is a moccasin construction, hand stitched with waxed thread by Mainiacs. They also happen to be endlessly resolable, so these won’t be headed to the trash right when you get them perfectly broken-in. For $220 the Oak Street Trail Oxfords are a bit expensive, but far and away a great value amongst their competition. Score it a homerun for Oak St.’s first at bat, looking forward to the next one…
Author’s Note: For those of you looking for a unique twist on a moccasin, take a look at the Trail Oxfords with a work boot sole.
A full gallery of exclusive photographs for Gear Patrol after the jump.
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Photography: Ryan Plett