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Unmarked

Leather and suede boots and brogues blending classic construction and contemporary design

by Graham Hiemstra in Style on 30 August 2013

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Nobody wants to admit it, but summer is on its way out. And while we'll all miss the casual clothing that goes along with sun-soaked days, the thought of welcoming boots back into rotation is pretty damn nice. It was good timing then that CH recently came across Unmarked, a relatively young brand making high-quality leather as well as suede boots and brogues. Born and bred in Mexico, the brand's small staff of skilled craftsmen uses traditional techniques as a base for experimenting with new materials and more contemporary designs. Their classic brogues, crepe-soled desert boots and thick Vibram-soled wingtips are particularly eye-catching.

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While Unmarked certainly isn't in the minority as far as riffing off classic designs with tweaks like Vibram soles and contrast welts, CH appreciates what looks to be a dedication to quality over all else. By using Goodyear welts—the most sturdy and respected way of fashioning a shoe's upper to its sole, allowing the owner to repeatedly re-sole the shoe and thus expanding its life near exponentially—and full vegetable-tanned leather, Unmarked makes their shoes to last, through both trends and time.

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Based in Mexico City, Unmarked can be found at select shops around the world and online, selling for $190 up to $300. Visit Unmarked for a step-by-step look at their shoe-making process.

Images courtesy of Unmarked

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