But that doesn’t mean you should be plodding around in a pair of clunky rubber boots. Luckily there are a few shoemakers out there cobbling together rubber and nylon—and even waterproof suede—for more elegant solutions to keeping your feet dry.
Your time to commune with nature is dwindling. (You’ve got about a month, tops, before it’s strictly log cabin weather.) Luckily, the leather experts at Makr—who’ve gone from making the blogger-bait of slim wallets to building a small empire of neo-rustic home goods—just teamed up with the outdoorsmen of Seattle’s Scout for a capsule collection of handsome camping gear. There’s a hickory- and brass-pole tent, an insulated field bed wrapped in selvage denim, bone-handle pocketknives and some rugged hiking boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. It’s more of the handsome, unfussy, low-over-high-tech stuff we prefer—that’ll come in handy should you be planning any last-minute autumnal getaways.
And if you’re worried about staying warm, the tent happens to have just enough room for two.
But here on Kempt: it’s boots season. And that means choices.
With a vast sea of options out there—hiking, Chelsea, desert, cowboy, et cetera—it begs the question: what is your choice in fall footwear saying about you? So we graciously came up with this handy guide:
The crepe sole penny loafer has been quietly gaining traction since they popped up on Yuketen’s Americana-phile shoe rack a few years ago. They’re a bit quirky on first glance, but for anyone who’s enjoyed a crepe-soled bounce in their step, it’s well worth a few wrinkled noses.
This new pair from Oak Street Bootmakers (one of five new designs that have just hit their webshop) is the best-looking incarnation we’ve seen yet. It’s got the heritage-approved beefroll stitching (that extra leather from the top strap that rolls over the toe stitch) and Horween Chromexcel leather. And it’s all handcrafted in the USA.
Most importantly, you can give your desert boots a rest till fall.