Here’s What Makes These Boots Worth $775 — and a 4-Month Wait

Utilizing Black tea-core Horween Chromexcel horsehide.


Oakland-based Standard and Strange collaborated with heritage bootmaker Wesco on a new limited-edition boot that costs a hefty $775. While the price is higher than many boots on the market, it’s not at all unfounded. The Axe Breaker Horsehide Boot celebrates Wesco’s 100th anniversary and utilizes black Chromexcel tea-core horsehide from Horween. Apart from the uncommon leather, this style has a 7-inch shaft, a brogue cap toe and brass eyelets and speed hooks. A nod to the brand’s centennial, the boot features the original Wesco logo stamp from the 1920s and comes in a 100th-anniversary box.

Founded in 1918 by John Shoemaker, Wesco’s boots quickly became popular with loggers across the Pacific Northwest. In 1937, the brand moved its factory to Scappoose, Oregon where it still builds boots today. The Standard and Strange x Wesco Axe Breaker Horsehide Boot is built for each customer after a $400 deposit is placed, and will deliver in 16 to 18 weeks. It’s not an expedited process, nor should it be — the brand is making first-rate boots just as it has for 100 years.

Deposit: $400

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