[Deposit for October 2021 Delivery] Hi-Liner Boot - Black Overdyed Latigo - CN Wide Last
Clinch Boots

SHIPS October 2021

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Orders close on December 21, 2020

Ships October 2021

This is a deposit for delivery in October 2021

Clinch is made by BRASS, one of the first high-end shoe repair shops to open in Japan, owned and operated by Minoru Matsuura. They quickly evolved from shoe repair; to re-lasting to their custom lasts; to building incredible footwear around their custom lasts. 

These lasts are where the magic is. Most modern lasts are optimized for mass-production. Wider, straighter, easier to pump through a production line, and easier to fit every single person into. Clinch's lasts start narrow, with a tight fit and a lot of contours to them, much like the lasts of the early 20th century. We chose their CN Wide Last, which is more suited to western feet than their standard last.

The shape of the last dictates the careful construction of the boot. The insole is soaked, then molded to the bottom of the last. From there, the boot is build around that insole. Every step of the hand-sewn welting process is done by hand, except for sewing on the outsoles, a task best done by machine.

The leather on these boots is a vegetable-tanned Latigo from Wickett & Craig (check out the process here). This process is time-intensive, and takes far longer than a chrome-tan, but the results are worth the weight. The hides are brought to Japan for hand-dying and finishing. The Highliner starts as dark-green, almost teal color; and wears down to a green finish from this hand-dying process.

There are 6 eyelets, 6 speedhooks, and a final pair of eyelets to lock everything in place on these boots. They sit on a reproduction O'Sullivan heel with a channeled leather sole. The channeling is done by hand, and prevents premature wear on the stitching that holds the sole to the welt.

The rest of the materials are of equally high quality. Brass hardware, welts, and nails all come from Japan; the soling leathers come from the best tanneries in the world; and the heels are custom-made just for Clinch.

The combination of carefully selected hides, truly hand-built construction, and unique lasts creates a boot that is as close to vintage as possible but with all the advantages of modern materials. 

For a really deep dive into the brand, check out this detailed article on Stitchdown.

  • Wickett & Craig vegetable-tanned Latigo leather
  • Hand painted black overdye leather
  • Hand-sewn welted construction
  • 12 1/4" shaft height
  • 1 1/8" heel height
  • 6 eyelets, 6 speedhooks, and one final set of eyelets
  • Custom brass hardware from Japan
  • Nails from Japan
  • Welting from Japan
  • O'Sullivan's reproduction heels
  • Leather soles
  • CN Wide last
  • Resoleable and rebuildable
  • Unstructured toebox
  • Hand-made in Tokyo

Clinch Boots Deposit Policy

  • We require a deposit to guarantee your size. If you're unsure about sizing, please contact us before placing an order.
  • All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Size changes are possible before the order deadline. After the deadline, no changes can be made to your order.
  • We stock Clinch boots in sizes 7 - 12. Deposits for these sizes on the the original last are eligible for exchange for a different size of the same style, subject to availability.
  • Our delivery date estimates are subject to change - we'll contact you regarding and delivery date changes.
  • When your order is delivered to us, we email you an invoice for any final deposit required.
  • Final deposit payments must be made within 14 days. If payment is not made within this time, your order may be cancelled and the initial deposit will be forfeited.
  • Any questions? Feel free to contact us.

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Due to USPS service delays, we are shipping most USA orders via UPS Ground until further notice. If you prefer to have your order shipped with USPS, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

USA Orders

PPE under $100 - $3 via USPS First Class Mail
Curbside pickup: Free
Orders over $100 - Free shipping via UPS Ground
Orders under $100 - $8 shipping via UPS Ground
Expedited Shipping (1 - 2 business days) via UPS - $35

International Orders

Canada Shipping - Orders under $500
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days)  - $15
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 10 business days) - $30
DHL Express (2-3 business days) - $40

Canada Shipping - Orders over $500
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $40

Rest of World Shipping
DHL Express (2-4 business days) - $50