S&S x Unsung House Jim Casy Roper Boot - Natural Latigo Roughout

S&S x Unsung House Jim Casy Roper Boot - Natural Latigo Roughout

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Introducing ready to wear styles from Unsung House at Standard & Strange! Handmade by two brothers, Grant and Isaac Gustafson at their Nashville, Tennessee workshop - Unsung footwear is produced start to finish using the highest quality leathers and components available. Best known for their boot & shoe repair and re-lasting services, (you can read about Charlie’s experience having some of his boots re-lasted here) they also have an in-house line of their own boots and shoes, which we count among the finest in the country.

Some of our favorite brands primarily or additionally work as repair & alteration services, leading to them developing an even more intimate understanding of the styles they mend and create. This knowledge informs their own production, often leading to uniquely-intensive manufacturing techniques and unusual design choices, deployed almost virtuosically in their own finished pieces. Beyond that, and uniquely true of Unsung House, is the fact that all the work is done by just two brothers - resulting in atelier-style, almost-bespoke footwear off the rack.

The Jim Casy Boot was designed in collaboration with S&S’s very own Charles Dargan! Named for the character from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which both Charlie and Unsung’s own Grant read while developing the boots, they’re a hard-wearing style cowboy roper that stands at a respectable 11” tall. Absolutely packed with detail, they manage to stay subtle and subdued: at a glance, they’re an extremely handsome pull-on boot with a sleek profile and tight tonal trims, while closer inspection reveals the precise angles cut into the paneling, narrow triple-row stitching, and loop embellishments throughout.

They’re made from Vegetable-tanned reverse natural latigo cowhide from Wickett & Craig, a leather with a very long name, which I’m going to break down for you here:

1. Vegetable-tanned meaning the hides were slowly tanned in natural extracts, usually derived from bark tannins
2. Reverse meaning smooth side in, “suede side” or “rough side” out, also known as roughout
3. Natural meaning undyed, leathers that will darken and patina the most dramatically over time
4. Latigo is a tannage of leather that is finished with by “hot stuffing” the hides with a blend of oils, fats, and waxes to imbue them with additional heft and durability
5. Cowhide meaning that the leather came from cows
6. Wickett & Craig referring to the Pennsylvania tannery that produced the leather. Inarguably one of the finest vegetable-tanned leather producers still operating today

Before being sewn up into boots, the hides were suntanned for three days to slightly enrich the color and develop a handsome baseline, helping skip the awkward “flesh” stage that some natural leathers suffer from. Over time, this leather will continue to darken and develop a unique patina for each different wearer. Natural leathers are similar to indigo fabrics in this way, dynamic materials that get better with time and never stop progressing.

We also piloted a brand new pair around for about six months, stomping through rain, shine, and grime to develop a dramatic patina right out the gate. We've included a few pictures of how dramatic a change this leather can undergo in juts half a year, but be aware that you mileage may vary, especially if you aren't regularly wearing indigo denim or kicking sidewalk curbs.

The trims and other details bear mentioning as well, starting with the iconic V-shaped shaft opening, which features looped leather pull tabs at both apexes, and a custom S&S x Unsung House Jim Casy label sewn onto the inside of one tab per boot. The 35mm heel stands on a custom Dr. Sole heel produced exclusively for Unsung House, and is paired with an extremely sleek and flexible leather outsole - that’s additionally been reinforced with a Vibram topy for extra traction and longevity.

They’re built on Unsung’s PBD Last - named in reference to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, it features a level silhouette and slightly tapered round toe. They’re very agreeable, fitting true to Brannock size for E and D-width feet (people with particularly narrow feet should take 0.5 size smaller than Brannock), and include a removable J&FJ Baker leather insole that can be used to adjust the fit (by removing it to give you more room). They also feature a cowboy-boot-style heel counter construction, resulting in a lighter weight boot that’s more flexible and better fitting through the heel and waist.

Fits true to Brannock size.

  • Natural latigo roughout cowhide from Wickett & Craig in Pennsylvania
  • Vegetable tanned leather
  • 11" height
  • V-shaped opening with pull tabs
  • Partially-structured toe with leather puff
  • 270 degree goodyear flat welt
  • Hand-welted construction
  • Custom woven collab label
  • Leather outsole with Vibram topy
  • PBD Last
  • Custom heel produced by Dr. Sole exclusively for Unsung House
  • Cowboy-boot heel counter construction
  • 35mm heel height
  • Stitched embellishments
  • J&FJ leather insole
  • Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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

  • Bandanas, Patches, T-Shirts, Socks, & Hats - $5 via USPS First Class Mail
  • Curbside pickup: Free
  • Orders $300 and over - Free shipping via UPS Ground
  • Orders under $300 - $12 shipping via UPS Ground
  • Expedited Shipping (1 - 2 business days) via UPS - $40

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

Canada Shipping - Orders under $400

  • USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days)  - $18
  • USPS Priority Mail (5 - 10 business days) - $35
  • DHL Express (2-3 business days) - $55

Canada Shipping - Orders over $400
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $50

Rest of World Shipping
DHL Express (2-4 business days) - $55

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  • Before you purchase, please check the size charts we provide against your favorite garments.
  • Exchanges or returns for store credit will be accepted on full-price items within 14 days of delivery (as verified by courier)
  • Items sold on sale or discount are final sale, no returns or exchanges.
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  • Items that have been washed, hemmed, altered, or excessively worn cannot be returned.
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MAKING A RETURN / EXCHANGE

For customers in the USA, please go to our returns portal at for any returns excluding leather jackets and footwear. There is no need to contact us directly once you initiate a return via the portal.

If you need to return or exchange a leather jacket or footwear, please e-mail hello@standardandstrange.com. Please include your order number and tell us if you'd like to make an exchange or return for store credit.

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Size Guide

Built on the Unsung House PDB Last
Need help with sizing? Contact us.

Narrow and low volume feet:
  • 0.5 size smaller than Brannock
    D-Width and average volume feet:
    • Same size as Brannock
      E & EE-Width and high volume feet:
      • Same size as Brannock for E-width (EE+ consider sizing up 0.5 size)

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