TAFT Stitchdown Boots: The Art of Bootmaking


The Fashionisto


Published April 16, 2023

TAFT Stitchdown Legacy Boot in Black Hatch TAFT Stitchdown Boots
TAFT packs a timeless appeal with its Stitchdown Legacy Boot in Black Hatch $495. Photo: Ben Christensen / TAFT

Immersing itself in artisanal bootmaking, TAFT recently unveiled its exquisite Stitchdown boot collection, employing the time-honored technique refined over the centuries. The range is a testament to TAFT’s unwavering commitment to durability, quality, support, and craftsmanship, beautifully demonstrating the marriage of advanced design and age-old mastery in bootmaking.

TAFT Stitchdown Boots Collection

TAFT Stitchdown Legacy Boot in Nutmeg
Steven Kelty wears the TAFT Stitchdown Legacy Boot in Nutmeg $495. Photo: Ben Christensen / TAFT

The TAFT Stitchdown collection boasts traditionally crafted and meticulously hand-sewn boots, a manifestation of rare expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and top-tier materials. TAFT’s founder and designer, Kory Stevens, recounted his initial fascination with the Stitchdown technique, saying, “I just love the way it looks—that double row of stitching on top of the shoe.” Driven by his passion for accessible, high-quality footwear, Stevens endeavored to create a visually stunning and reasonably priced collection.

TAFT Stitchdown Legion Boot in Rust
Embracing a sleek, classic profile, TAFT highlights its Stitchdown Legion Boot in Rust $495. Photo: Ben Christensen / TAFT

The stitch-down method, a centuries-old technique, yields sturdy and enduring footwear befitting of its esteemed lineage. Handcrafted in the vibrant city of León, Mexico, the boots are forged from sumptuous full-grain leathers and are furnished with Dr. Sole studded rubber outsoles. The human touch guides each step of the process, ensuring a remarkable level of precision and creating a distinctive heritage-quality boot that becomes even more extraordinary with time.

TAFT Stitchdown Legion Boot in Black Bison
For a classic pull-on style, discover the TAFT Stitchdown Legion Boot in Black Bison $495. Photo: Ben Christensen / TAFT

The TAFT Stitchdown collection features the sleek Legacy Boot and the formidable Legion Boot, presented in a trio of alluring colorways: the enigmatic Black, the warm and inviting Nutmeg, and the earthy, robust Rust.

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