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Read our interview with Bagus Satrio and Ben Robinson over at Stitchdown.com
Some of the best leather footwear in the world is made in Bandung, a few hours drive South-East of Jakarta, Indonesia. Bandung's shoe industry was developed under Dutch colonization, but has remained a hub of high quality boot & shoemaking even after Indonesia gained its independence. Despite decades of history, the area and Indonesia in general have only recently become noticed by a larger and more international footwear audience - thanks in no small part to Bagus Satrio and his brand, Sagara Bootmaker.
The Valiant is a classic lace-to-toe logger style boot with a slightly lowered heel and a sleek, low profile stance. It's put together with a 270 degree hand-welted storm welt, with row after row of extremely precise high-SPI upper stitching, a tonal Dr. Sole's cork outsole, and a fully-lined interior. The lace-to-toe style allows for a superbly comfortable and secure fit, making these a joy to wear for hours at a time - if the need arises.
These are made from an Italian crust horsebutt, sourced from the Cloe Tannery just west of Florence. The crust horsebutt is a truly natural leather, akin to an unsanforized denim or loomstate fabric, as the hide has been tanned but NOT dyed or finished. This means that the leather will darken quickly and drastically over time, taking on color from sunlight, moisture, and whatever you're walking around in. Additionally, because the hides do not undergo any formal finishing process, noticeable variation in color and texture between different boots and panels is to be expected.
These are built on Sagara’s Morgan last, which is a generous D-width last that’s plenty accommodating for folks with wider feet. Sizing is very easy - in fact, we’ve made it even easier by converting Sagara’s EU sizing numbers to US sizing, which itself corresponds with Brannock.
Put more simply, these fit true to Brannock size, so if you measure a size 9 on a Brannock device, you’ll want a size 9 on the Morgan last.
The trims are fittingly high quality, from the brass hardware (a combination of 5 eyelets, 4 speed hooks, & one more eyelet), to the multiple sets of included laces (three sets total), to the tonal Dr. Soles Supergrip cord outsole & heel combo. Additionally, each boot features a custom S&S x Sagara gold foil stamp on the insole, and every pair comes with two included pouches of Indonesian tea, hand-selected by Bagus himself.
Fits true to Brannock size. If you have narrow or particularly low-volume feet, choose 0.5 size smaller than Brannock for the best fit.
We reference Brannock sizing for our footwear. The Brannock Device is the standard foot measuring tool for the world's footwear industry. Most better quality footwear stores will have one.
Built on the Sagara Morgan Last
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