“When we decided to make a pair of moccasin-style boots, we knew two things — that we wanted a special signature leather, and that we had to go to the only place in America where they’re still sewing boots by hand. So we poured over samples until we found a source for rare shrunken black bison hides, and then we consulted with our friends at Oak Street Bootmakers, who helped grant us access to one of the last remaining boot factories in Maine.
Inspired by the Ranger boots built for New England Guides-men of the 1930’s and 40’s, the Oak Street x Uncrate Hunt Boots are the result of months of planning, sourcing, and crafting. The textured silhouette, with a fit more like a glove than a boot, is steeped in traditional, century-old techniques with a hand-sewn moc toe, wax stitching, and rawhide laces. Rollmoc construction helps with water resistance, and an updated Vibram outsole keeps you grounded properly. The Oak Street x Uncrate Hunt Boots are ready for decades of your own adventures, and we’re proud to have had a hand in bringing them to life.”
For our new Oak Street x Uncrate Bison Hunt Boots, we spent some long days in Maine, at both the tannery where our bison hides were transformed and the factory where our boots were made. Collected as a byproduct of the bison meat industry, our American shrunken bison leather arrives at the Tasman tannery raw and salted. It’s rehydrated, cleaned, and sorted. During the tanning process, Tasman shrinks the grain of the leather using a proprietary formula to enhance the natural beauty of the hides. It’s re-tanned with fat liquors and vegetable extracts, and then colored and put through an extensive finishing process.
From rawhide to finished leather, it can take up to three weeks. We then delivered the hides to the factory, which is home to fewer than 40 workers. They took the bison leather, and using templates from our friends at Oak Street, crafted 100 pairs of the boots. Each boot passes through the hands of many workers during the process, of which none are sweeter than Rosie, who has stitched more moc toes than she cares to remember