Chicago-based Oak Street Bootmakers has continually wowed us with their classic, made in America footwear. The company’s new line up for 2012 again puts craftsmanship at the forefront — even in areas no one but the wearer will see. Specifically, the company has upgraded the entire line with full length vegetable tanned Horween leather insoles, that should age and patina in time, just like their chromexcel exteriors. Those in search of something more rustic will flock to the new honey crepe sole versions of the brown beefroll penny loafer and navy trail oxford. The thickness and density of the new soles were designed specifically for Oak Street for a one of a kind look. Best of all, after years of service, Oak Street will gladly resole your kicks for another decade of use.
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