Clinch Boots

Yeager Boot - Natural Roughout - CN-S Last


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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 on their own custom lasts; to developing and producing new footwear in-house. Each piece is masterfully built in a Tokyo basement, by just a handful of expert craftspeople.

The leather is a very light natural latigo roughout, vegetable-tanned at Wickett & Craig in Pennsylvania, USA. Being undyed, the leather ages beautifully and quickly, picking up a patina from exposure to the outside world and anything you may trudge through. Before very long, the sandy-tan leather darkens to a much more rich and warm brown-tan, with subtle tonal highs and lows present in areas that experience more movement while you walk.

Built on the CN-S last (Classic Narrow Second), these are a lower volume last with a snug, secure fit throughout. The shape is sleek, with a very low (almost flat) profile and completely unstructured toe.

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 Classic Narrow (CN) and Classic Narrow Second (CN-S) have a snug fit that cradles your foot like a warm glove - much like the lasts of the early 20th century.

For most folks (with standard D-width feet), we recommend that you take one half size smaller than your Brannock size; if you have a particularly tall instep (you'll know if this is you) take your Brannock size. If you prefer a roomier fit - you can choose your Brannock size. The narrow waist, snug heel and healthy room in between the eyestays allows you to lace up these boots very snugly and still retain a secure, comfortable fit.

If you have wide feet (true E or wider), we do not recommend the CN-S last (unfortunately, these boots are not for you).

Neil also did a full writeup on his personal pair of Natural Roughout Yeager Boots after several months of wear - you can read that here.

  • Natural undyed veg tan latigo roughout leather from Wickett & Craig
  • Hand-sewn welted construction
  • Painted brass eyelets
  • Custom brass nails made in Japan
  • Welting from Japan
  • O'Sullivan's reproduction soles
  • 6" Height
  • CN-S last
  • Resoleable and rebuildable
  • Unstructured toebox
  • Hand-made in Tokyo

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.

If you have any questions about sizing - or are unsure of your size - please contact us before ordering.

Built on the CN-S Last
The CN-S last fits very snugly from the waist to heel, with a fairly low instep. This highly specialized last can be made to fit comfortably in multiple sizes depending on the wearer's foot and preference.
  • Narrow and low volume feet:
    • 0.5 size smaller thanBrannock
    • Same size as Brannock (you may need to use insoles, thick socks, or both) for a more relaxed fit
  • D-Width and average volume feet:
    • 0.5 size smaller than Brannock for a snug fit
    • Same size as Brannock (you may need to use insoles, thick socks, or both) for a more relaxed fit
  • E & EE-Width and high volume feet:
    • We do not suggest the CN-S Last. You are going down a road of torturous pain and existential angst. Please turn around.
We suggest the Protalus T-75 or Protalus M-75 insoles and Darn Tough Full Cushion Socks.

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

We want you to be comfortable shopping with us online without being able to touch the product. 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.
  • Items must be in original condition with all tags attached.
  • Items that have been washed, hemmed, altered, excessively worn, set aflame or touched by a private equity firm cannot be returned.
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