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This World-Class Work-Boot Brand Just Made a Dress Boot

A 5” boot with a single-piece heel and backstay and no pull loop.


Legendary Spokane-based work boot maker Nicks Handmade Boots just released its dressiest style to date. Called the Charley, it’s a 5″ style with a single-piece heel and backstay and no pull loop. Made with McKay Lockstitch construction, this boot is rebuildable, resole-able and available in a swath of sizes (6 to 15 and widths AA to FFF). For first-time customers, Nicks recommends its Fit-sheet to guarantee a perfect fit.

Nicks Handmade Boots was founded in 1964 by Nick Blahcuzyn, an immigrant who escaped Stalin’s army during WWII. After learning his craft from another notable Spokane boot maker and setting out on his own, his footwear became the go-to for hotshot crews, loggers and upland hunters.

While the Charley boot has a much lower profile than the brand’s serious work boots, it still features the same legendary all-leather arch support that the brand is known for. The style features a full-grain leather upper, Dainite sole and Dogger heel profile. And while it’s definitely expensive at $485, it’s still one of the best values for a boot of this caliber.

Buy Now: $485

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