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4th Anniversary🌋 _I built this Cobblers
Get’n down and dirty building a custom B
_1930-40s Vintage Tools_ I use this Adam
Using my favorite slow moving hand crank
Day 2, Laying out a new boot design, let
Bauhaus influenced  sustainable design s
Cutting Heel Lifts today with one of my
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A rusty Missouri railroad spike nail is
Preparing to Last a new MYG Boot design
Started using this 1940s Cast Iron Book-
Handwelted the inseam today on these bes
Hand stitching the Welt to the Outsole u
1940M _Dusted Roughout_ A very rare 50 y
Using only the very best of Horween Leat
1940M _Dusted Roughout_  Preparing the c
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JD Gabbard from KREOSOTE builds only Kustom (Made to Measure) bench-built traditionally handcrafted boots from the Clients personal outlined foot tracings and foot measurements, they are not manufactured from a Goodyear Welted Machine nor were they made using any type of Gemming fabric, they are Traditionally built one at a a single pair of hands.

The KREOSOTE Boot Series are all built following a Traditional Shoemakers construction method.


  Boot Uppers...

Consisting of the Vamp, Quarters, Counters,

Bellows Tongue, and Cap Toe are all hand cut using Full-grain leather from American Tanneries, Stitched with a Singer 1940s hand cranked long- 

arm and or Post bed stitcher.



The KREOSOTE signature XXX Back-Curve is not only a unique aspect to the boots design looks but it provides structural support using a reverse saddle seam and NINE separate pieces of leather to the interior construction of the Heel Counter allowing relief of tension to the Achilles arch-line. 

  Structured Toe Box...

Preparing the Upper Toe is a Traditional method that takes 2 or more hours to perfect the sizing, cutting, rasp shaping, and molding of the 3oz veg leather Toe Puff to fit the boot box perfectly, allowing the boots profile to be defined exactly.

  In Sole Hold-Fast Channel...

Connecting the tops to the Veg Tanned leather bottoms, I hand cut 10 mm Sole Bend leather Insoles and use a Traditional German Welt method to prep the HOLD-FAST / CHANNEL for the Hand Welt that are carefully hand cut and shaped to prepare the 360 degree Inseam stitched Welt with Waxed thread around the boot. This again taking more time...  about 3 hours but being the best way to attach the uppers to the bottoms and making the soles re-sole-able when needed.



Developing a smooth walk with a thick soled boot requires a properly placed Metal Shank and perfectly shaped leather Shank supports and Arch-Cover, then cork and leather filler are cemented to the Insole underside at the Heel to the Waist of the sole giving the Spring-toe a nice roll to the walkers stride.


  Out Sole / Mid-Sole...

The 10 mm Veg-Tanned Leather Outsole is then Stitched either 270 / 360 degrees to the Welt of the boot with a vintage "Gritzner" Hand-Cranked out sole stitcher or by hand and the optional rubber sole can be added to the Mid-sole with various tread patterns available.


  Heel Base...

A leather Rand is then attached 

with 10 small wooden nail pegs before the 5/8 inch single stacked leather Heel base is attached with metal nails in the final constructing of a 1.25 inch Heel.


  Edge Work...

The boots are then finished with antique Edging tools and a light cream and wax is rubbed into the leather giving the boot a waterproofed finish.


request that all clients read through the "Client Info" section for further 

Foot Outline Tracing measurements

and general sizing info. 


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