This boot design is apart of the Project K 2020 series, and was inspired by one of my great Uncles that made a living travelling throuhgout the 1940's from town to town collecting souls as a card shark, unfortunately all roads come to an end and the local Undertaker found him in a ditch just outside town with the Nine of Spades in his front pocket.
The NINE dITCHES Kustom built Boot is inspired by my familys Kinfolk stories and features the American based "Wickett and Craig Tannery" of Pennsylvania established in 1867.
I chose the uncommonly used Harness Drum-dyed, Full grain veg tanned hide from the American based "Wickett and Craig Tannery" for this boot because of its ability to resemble a type of leather that was used locally by German-American shoemakers throughout the Kentucky hill country back in the 1930's.
It takes a twice Dyed Oil Ink Treatment beautifully and the properties in the grain on this hide are exceptional to work with, achieving a shorter overall break in time in as the Black Walnut patina ages revealing the Red grain underneath.
The 12 Iron Half-Soles are cut deeply into the feather line at the Waist and Breast of the Heel are stacked to create a Traditional shape with Jet Black oiled dyed edges that are treated and re-dyed reveling each layer of Leather with a different aging effect.
Every aspect of this boot build is uniquely technical and follows traditional European shoemakers methods, the clients personal outlined foot tracing and width measurements are required for boot.
LEATHER UPPERS: Wickett & Craig Harness veg tanned 5 oz (Grain Side)
COLOR: HAND DYED Treatment: Red Exterior+Red Interior+Jet Black Walnut Dye Exterior Finish.
WIDTH: Modified B,C,D,E,EE
THREAD: Bonded 207 BLACK
INTERIOR & EDGE COLOR TREATMENT: Red or Natural (Hand Dyed)
TOP HEIGHT: 5 inch with 7 Jet Black Brass Eyelets.
HEEL COUNTER: KREOSOTE signature XXX Back-curve Heel Counters.
LACE: Full-grain Flat cut 7 oz leather.
TOE PUFF: Structured (3oz Leather)
IN-SOLE: Leather 10-11 Iron, Hand-cut Channel / Holdfast, Hand in-seam stitched 3/4 inch 360 degree Welt, with Full-grain Leather covered removable 1/8 inch Bluecloud padded insole.
FULL MID-SOLE: Veg Tanned 10mm (1/4 inch)
HALF SOLE: CROW-Rubber HALF SOLE (1/4 inch)
OUT SOLE STITCHED: Gritzner Handcrank.
HEEL: Leather stacked 1 inch.
The NINE dITCHES Boot has a 18 month waiting list.
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Interior Color & Edge Treatment