After nearly five years of design and numerous prototypes, designer George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers has created what may just be his finest boot yet, the Trench Boot ($426).
First, a little background on the humble Trench Boot. With American wartime roots, the Trench Boot first came into service as a replacement for the Russet Marching Shoe during World War I in 1917. The construction was simple: tanned cowhide, two soles studded with hobnails. An iron plate heel. No waterproofing. Its popularity would lead to improvements, and enhancements proposed by General John “Black Jack” Pershing would bring about a new name: the Pershing Boot.
Though we doubt the Oak Street Trench Boot will find its way into any of today’s Army Quartermaster shortlists, we can say with confidence that it has made it into ours. The Trench Boot features much of what you’ve come to expect in top-tier footwear, including Goodyear welted construction, Horween leather, and a Vibram or formal leather sole — and of course, it’s made in the USA. We suggest you roll over our hotspots to learn more on each of the parts that make this boot a masterpiece.
We sat down with Founder and Design Director, George Vlagos, for a quick chat to discuss the new Trench Boot, its genesis and some suggested wardrobe pairings. You can read our interview below.
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