Yuketen's Maine Guide collection draws inspiration from the early wilderness guides of New England, who in leading European hunters and traders into contact with indigenous North Americans brought about a cultural synthesis most aptly reflected in the boots these guides wore. The close-fitting, stitched wrappings of pliant leather worn by early natives reflected necessity laid bare by the bitterness of winter and the silent tread of the autumn hunt preceding. Modernization of the West brought lasts, dies and outsoles, applying durability to moccasin comfort. Rendered in a higher profile, the classic 'American' guide boot was born, and it is in tribute to the propulsive spirit of the boot's earliest owners that Yuketen has approached a new frontier in its design.
Each shoe is handsewn and handcrafted in our factory in Maine, USA from Horween’s heavyweight vegetable-tanned cow leather. In general, veg-tan leather is hard and stiff that takes a while to break-in. This leather, however, is tanned very soft that feels just like deerskin leather, and feels like wearing just thicker socks when worn. Veg-tan leather shows beautiful patina with age and that is one of the charms of the leather, too.
To closely mirror the incongruence of the human foot and deliver a molded fit, multiple pieces of leather are hand-sewn and hand-lasted on Yuketen’s proprietary last. In addition, the base of the vamp has been cinched to further ensure an integumentary fit.
- Soft Vegetable Tanned Full Grain Cow Hide
- Genuine Moccasin Construction
- Vibram 2021 outsole
- Made in the U.S.A.