Our restock of the Clinch Yeager Boots in Natural Roughout has arrived. Due to Clinch's small production output, these boots won't be restocked until late 2022 at the earliest.
The Yeager Boots are a near flawlessly executed service boot that will wear into one of the best looking pairs of boots in your closet. At least they did for me.
These boots hold a special place in my heart, as I picked up my pair from the Brass Tokyo store in February 2020...but more on that in a second.
Clinch is made by Brass, owned and operated by Minoru Matsuura. They started as a shoe shop focused on resoles, then evolved to shoe repairs, then to re-lasting boots on their custom lasts, then to making shoes and boots entirely in-house with a small team.
The insole is soaked, then molded to the bottom of the last. From there, the boot is built around that insole. The process for each step is chosen carefully to optimize the final product. A crimping machine is used to pull the machine sewn upper around the last to get a snug fitment; however, all of the welting process is done by hand before the outsoles are stitched on with a Rapid-E machine.