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New Boot Drop: Week of September 18th, 2023

William Barton

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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2024
4 min read

All my favorite boot brands are starting to ramp up their new releases. At the end of this week, we’ll have the first official day of fall. 

So, yes, it’s boot season. 

Through the rest of September, October, November, and December, BootSpy will be releasing weekly “New Boot Drops” to highlight what’s new around the boot world. 

I’ll also sneak in things from some of my favorite clothing brands too. As much as I can’t say no to new boots, I also can’t say no to overshirts. They get me every time. 

New Boots: September 18-24, 2023

Red Wing Iron Ranger Traction Tread

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After hitting some significant supply chain snags, Red Wing’s Heritage line has been charging back. 

Really, the Iron Ranger Traction Tread is a re-release. They launched it a few years ago, but couldn’t keep up production so dropped it in just a few short months. 

But now it’s back, and I’m willing to bet it’s here to stay for a while. 

The Iron Ranger Traction Tread is basically a regular Iron Ranger with a Vibram Christy wedge outsole. 

You can pick up a pair in Amber Harness leather or the Oro Legacy. 

Thursday Boot Co. Major (New Colors)

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The Thursday Major is similar to their popular Captain boot, but it doesn’t have speedhooks and has a zipper in the side.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of zipper boots, but the Major is a good looking boot none-the-less. 

Thursday dropped the Major in two new colors: Amaretto and Old English. These are variations on dark brown, so if you’re in the market for some new zip boots, these are a good option. 

Unmarked Roper Cherry

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Unmarked Mexico released their first roper boot in a beautiful cherry colored leather. 

It’s a chunkier, slouchier looking roper than what you might expect from a western boot. Unmarked Mexico has a really unique look for their boots and they come at the game with a definite perspective. 

If you’re a fan of Heritage-wear and have been on the fence about a western boot, this is the ideal crossover. Give it a little more time and you’ll be entering hot-dog eating competitions around the USA. 

Oak Street Bootmakers Huntsman Chamois Trench Boot

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The underrated Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot has a new limited edition leather that you won’t likely see again—a reverse oiled nubuck in a rich, deep forest green. 

I still don’t have a pair of green boots. 

It seems to me like Oak Street is really leaning into the limited edition model, which is awesome to see. Especially if you’re a collector and can’t stop yourself. 

I’m really curious to see how this rich green leather ages over time. If you decide to get it, send me pictures. 

Viberg x Division Road

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Viberg and Division Road are teaming up again with a few new Horsebutt limited edition leathers. 

First up is the Shelby: a lightly brogued cap toe dress boot meant as a nod to early 1900’s streetwear. 

They’ve also released a forest green Boondocker as well.

With Red Wing’s release of their Alpine Portage moc toe last month, I’m seeing a recurring theme: 2023 is the year of the green boot. Long live green boots. 

Nicks Gamebreaker

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“Gamebreaker” is more than just a nickname I earned in highschool after losing a round of “Bubble-Trouble” at the local arcade/pizza place. 

It’s also a new hunting boot release from Nicks Handmade Boots. I’ve never been hunting, but I’ve talked about it every year for the last 5. And I’ll likely continue to do the same for the next 5. 

But I could see myself getting these boots in anticipation. 

The Gamebreaker is an 8-inch boot with a padded collar and a lace-to-toe design. 

They’re using a foam wedge in the sole, which was a fairly recent addition to their lineup with their tactical boots, and I think it’s fantastic. I’m a really big fan of their tactical boots, as they’re the only really durable tactical boot out there. 

Sure, a foam midsole goes against the heritage style grain, but for a truly functional boot like the Gamebreaker, I think it’s a great choice. And it looks sharp, too. 

Taylor Stitch

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Not a boot brand, but they recently released a ton of new sweaters. This is the year I’m finally going to get a fatty cableknit crewneck fisherman’s sweater. 

You can check out Taylor Stitch new arrivals here.

Iron and Resin Buffalo Suede Lineup

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Iron and Resin is new to me. I just picked up a pair of their Fatigue pants and love ‘em. 

They released a lineup of three outerwear models in a new buffalo suede: a shirt, a coat, and a heavy coat. 

The price seems right, particularly for the shirt. I’d love to get a suede overshirt—high risk, high reward.

See You Next Week

I’m sure with the official changing of the season on September 23rd, we’ll see a lot more new boot drops. 

Boot season is finally here. I’ve got a few new pairs I’m excited to test out (namely a pair of Grant Stone’s in natural Chromexcel). To get the New Boot Drop every week, make sure to join over 5,000 guys and subscribe to Heritage, the only newsletter dedicated to men’s heritage fashion.


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