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Brooklyn x Wesco Custom Hendrik Horween Black Teacore Horsehide

$895.00 USD
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 Wesco's MP95 last runs slightly large, we recommend sizing down one half size from your properly measured Brannock size, or standard US sneaker size. If you have a wide foot, consider going true to size. Each boot also includes a leather footbed, which can be removed to provide more volume or to accomodate a different insole.

The long wait is over, and our newest selection of custom Wesco x Brooklyn Clothing boot makeups are now available in-store and online - featuring some absurdly rugged leather uppers, long lasting Vibram outsoles, and Wesco's traditional overbuilt Pacific Northwest heritage construction. And of course, those production techniques are combined with Brooklyn's own design preferences to create a duo of seriously versatile boot styles that will happily hold up to harsh climates and only improve with wear. Our custom Brooklyn x Wesco makeups share that same Wesco DNA as their heavy duty workboots, overbuilt to similar heritage specifications with some of America's top quality roughout leathers used for the uppers, double, triple, and quadruple sitched seams, thick full-grain leather midsoles, hardy rubber outsoles, steel shanks, and of course, traditional and resoleable stitchdown construction to attach the boot to the sole.

West Coat Shoe Company (Wesco) was founded by John H. Shoemaker over a century ago, in 1918, in order to provide the PNW with footwear that would hold up to the harsher, wetter climates present along the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, while providing the timber camps and forest firefighters with hardy leather resoleable boots to continually fill the roles required of them over many seasons, and preventing fatigue to allow the wearers to complete their long shifts and essential work. Wesco, still family-owned, has remained in Scapoose, Oregon since their inception, and are now just as well known for crafting truly unique custom footwear as they are for their PNW workboots.

This makeup is our take on Wesco's Hendrik Boot, built on the usual MP95 last with Wesco's regular toe shape for a classic silhouette that pairs perfectly with a natural wedge sole for casual and chore wear. This Hendrik is built with Horween's Black Teacore Horsehide, and a matching tongue. Details include a straight toe cap, brass eyelets, tonal brown upper stitching, and a Vibram #269 Western outsole paired with brown leather midsoles, pairing excellently with the upper.

Horween's Black Teacore Horsehide is a highly sought out leather within the heritage boot sphere, for multiple reasons. Horsehide itself is a truly premium choice for boot uppers, courtesy of the dense, robust nature of horsehide, which is hardier than steerhide and other commonly used leathers, and also provides a bit more texture variation when compared with the usual steerhide. Horsehide is thicker and more durable than most common alternatives, and often feature some interesting variation from the scars and marks the animals pick up naturally over time. Horween specifically uses the thicker back half of the hide for durability, and begin the tanning process the same way they tan their finest hides, Shell Cordovan. This combination of hot-stuffing and veg-tanning processes manifests a super dense but malleable hide, ideal for footwear. This "Teacore" horsehide calls back to vintage heritage boots, referring to leather that has been tanned black, but not fully struck-through, meaning that the brown "core" of the hide is visible on the inside of the boot. That brown will begin to show through on the surface of the boot as the leather ages and distresses through wear, ultimately creating a beautiful and unique pair of footwear.

“A shoe is no better than the leather it is made of—and all the leather on the market is not worth a ‘whoop’ where there is no shoemaking skill.” - John H. Shoemaker, Founder, West Coast Shoe Company

  • Brooklyn x Wesco Hendrik
  • Horween Black Teacore Horsehide
  • Custom for Brooklyn Clothing Co.
  • MP95 last
  • Regular toe
  • Straight toe caps
  • 7" height
  • 2 heel lifts lower than standard (1/2" lower)
  • Brown leather midsoles
  • Vibram #269 Western outsoles
  • Nickel eyelets and speedhooks
  • Brown upper stitching, white sole stitching
  • Resoleable stitchdown construction
  • Handmade in Scapoose, OR, USA
  • Two additional Black Horsebutt "kiltie" false tongues
  • Two removeable leather footbeds