All American | Introducing our new Made in America Collection

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As we embark on Labor Day weekend, we’re excited to highlight our new Made In America collection, and share a little about the labor and soul that is put into each hand-stitched shoe.

Our Director of Men’s Footwear, Patrick Armitage, is no stranger to quality materials and exquisite design. It was only fitting that we partner with three American companies to produce a collection of exclusive, hand-sewn footwear crafted with the same standards we hold our own. From hand-crafted designs to premium leather, the collection offers a range of styles that are sure to become closet staples, and last for years to come. We caught up with Patrick to discuss the exciting range of shoes from the Harrisburg boot to the Lewiston slipper. He shared his take as to what makes this collection different from any other, and what aspects of each shoe is his favorite.

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What comes to mind when a product is ‘Made in America?’

There’s something romantic about the heritage, the craftsmanship, and the artisan techniques. There was a time when these skills were passed down from parent to child. Anything we can do to keep this industry alive – it’s worth the effort. It’s like your grandmother’s recipe. It takes longer to prepare, requires finding the freshest ingredients, but the end result is so worth the effort. I completely ‘geek-out’ watching a craftsman, with two needles, hand stitch a slipper upper or the sound of a Goodyear welt machine on the factory floor…there’s nothing like it.

 

A lot of footwear is made in the US, how do these stand apart?

The Made in America, UGG for Men collection – are made by hand. Leather quality is essential. Every tanner has a recipe for different leathers. And when they get it right… you don’t change it!  And don’t even get me started about the smell of good leather.  I don’t have to explain this to those out there that know.

 

What details of this line are you particularly proud of?

There is so much effort required to stitch and last these shoes when being made by hand…it’s not an easy task. It’s hard work executed with strong, experienced hands. When you wear a pair of these shoes, you are wearing and showcasing this labor and the soul that was put into making them. Each pair is unique.  

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There’s a lot of history between the Horween Tannery, Addison Shoe Company, and the Quoddy Workshop – can you talk a little to why these partnerships are so special?

The nature of working with leather requires adjusting and manipulation that can only be done by hand. Quoddy – our partner for our Made in USA slipper collection has a great video on their site. It gives you a peek into the quality construction. Quoddy is keeping hand-sewn footwear alive and well.

Horween – in my opinion, is one of the highest quality leathers available. Horween has been creating their beautiful product generation after generation for over 100 years – since 1905.  They took the stand to never cutting corners – their focus has always been on quality… and it shows. In fact, one of the leathers we use was developed 100 years ago.

The Addison Shoe Co. has had a long history making high quality footwear. They are our source of Goodyear welted construction.  The process and quality of this type of construction will allow years of wear. The Made in America collection is very special, and it comes from combining quality materials and craftsmanship.

Can you give us a sneak peek of any upcoming new UGG for Men styles?

Sneak peek? Two innovations: Twinsole and Treadlite for UGG. You’ll need to make room in your closet.

Shop the new styles now. 


Fall ’14 Seasonal Inspiration (part 2)

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Last week we unveiled our Inspiration for Fall ‘14: best-loved books. As promised, we’ll be featuring our favorite styles through the season, giving you the inside scoop on how these cherished stories came to life in our fall footwear. First up: The Adelaide boot. The classic silhouette took a walk on the wild side, taking cues from The Jungle Book. The boot features the mythical and feared “fire flower” – an imaginative and abstract element from the book that materialized via fierce studding. One thing’s for certain, the Adelaide will be right at home in the urban jungle this season.

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Fall ’14 Seasonal Inspiration (part 1)

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Each season we are inspired by something unique. It may be an era, a place, or a moment in history. This fall, we had a novel idea. We looked to the written word. Namely, our best-loved books. We all agreed, there’s no better escape then getting lost between the pages of a great adventure. Books have the capacity to transport us. They make us feel brave. Bold. Heroic. Alive.

Each of our designers chose a cherished novel, from Pride and Prejudice to the Catcher in the Rye, pulling a symbol that captured the spirit of the story. So take a page from our book this season. Better yet, take a walk in our shoes and find your story. You never know when your next chapter will begin.

Stay posted as we unveil the inspiration behind this season’s must-have styles.

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See Fall’s leather-bound classics →


The Lookback for the week of July 21st, 2014

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In case you missed this week’s resolution for finding Summer Fun, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite ideas and inspirations for you to browse through.

·      Have no clue how to spend these last days of summer? We’ve collaged together some rather epic adventures to take with your friends and family in our Explore board.

·       There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach curled up with a great book, and by the looks of it, Lauren Conrad feels the same way. Check out her 10 picks for the best summer reads.

·      Want to learn how to live this summer ‘hands free’? The Man Repeller shows us just how exactly to achieve such a height (In more ways than one).

Are you feeling inspired? Share your own fun ideas and tag #SummerResolutions on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or in a video or follow our Instagram and Twitter for more ideas.


The Lookback for the week of July 14th, 2014

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In case you missed last week’s Summer Resolution to Feel Liberated, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite memories and inspirations to browse through. So take this much-needed time to relax, put your feet up, and experience your world disconnected from the humdrum.

·      From exploring uncharted hiking trails in your own backyard, to learning various techniques to unwind, there are some easy tips for you to feel liberated in our Pinterest Board.

·      Learn where wanderlust blogger Olivia Lo ventures off to in order to regenerate herself mentally, and connect with friends on a personal level.

·      Need some easy tips for easing off technology this summer? Goins, Writer has a fantastic list of ideas to slowly wean yourself off your addiction to technology.

Feeling inspired to take the no-technology challenge? Take a one-week break and document your journey for us how you did!