1 of only 60 pairs made. Our first ever, proper square toe, equestrian inspired riding boots. Luxe leather upper, leather lined designed to be worn forever and then some.
It is such an exciting time at Rad HQ when we not only conceive but actually realise a whole new silhouette. When opening a new last, it takes a strong degree of clarity and focus to ensure everything lines up, and that our maker understands what we are trying to achieve. In the case of our 'Selkie' boot, weirdly and like magic, it took only 1 take. Lamboe (our maker) got it straight off the bat - how sharp we wanted the squareness of the toe, and how it still needed to remain flat and and neat through the side profile. How the shaft (that's the ankle section) needed to be slim to keep the ankle well defined. How the width of the gusset needed to be exaggerated and more pronounced than a traditional riding boot to give it our own radical appeal. And how the rise on the heel needed to be cuban in proportion but cut 'flatish' through the back to make for a clearly defined line of conviction in silhouette. One shot. That was it, just like Eminem said, and frankly I think we damn well got it with this one. If this is not the most perfectly executed, sharply drawn version of a riding boot, I don't know what is. The shaft rises to 16cm in height making it high enough to keep your ankles warm, but low enough to give your legs great shape with skirts (we give these kinds of things lots of thought in the development process). The gusset measures 6cm across at the topline and finishes out around 7.5cm to ensure a super easy pull on fit. But really the strength of the silhouette says it all. This is the riding boot you will wear forever.
The leather is backed for structure and so does feel stiff on the first few wears - much more so than previous shoes we have made - so they do start out feeling firm in a semi 'school shoe' way. The leather is very high quality and a thick handle but in wear will mould to your feet. Length is true to fit, however they are firm in the midsole so if you have wider feet you could consider sizing up. Feel free to call us 0437 933 073 if you need to talk through your sizing before you order.
Here is a story about happy accidents. We set out to create something that we felt should be a more deeply Cognac toned boot. Possibly edging toward a brownish palette. But when the sample came in, it exposed a discrepancy between the pitch of tone we saw on the 5cm cut swatch and the depth of vibrancy that came through when the material was more 'en mass'. Sometimes shoes just want to be made. And so it was with this 'Cognac' that in truth is probably closer to a rich Pumpkin which we think makes it only more radical yes! The brightness of tone is epic and made ever more beautiful by a high polished finish to ensure a degree of weather proofing. Lined with almond leather and framed by a black elastic gusset and black rubber resin outsole. Easy pull black grosgrain tab makes these the ultimate winter run around boot.
There is the obvious choices, tucked under denims paired with oversized knits and coats, but actually we also love to play off the equestrian themes of these boots with contrasting feminine dress details and exposed woollen ankle socks for surprise hits of irony. For weekday meetings we are loving paper-bag belted high waisted pants rolled high at the cuff as well to expose the full line of these boots. Just add a tee-shirt and trench for instant polish.
Leather Upper / Leather Lined / Rubber Resin Sole
Made responsibly in China in small batch quantities by our new boutique manufacturing partner, Mipiachi.
Yes. This is a leather upper / shearling lined product so like all leather shoes will have around 8 - 10% stretch on wearing depending on the amount of pressure applied to the upper.
This is high quality leather upper so it does need care.
Leather is a wonderful material, breathable, durable and beautiful. But without a bit of love it can dry out and deteriorate.
For optimum care, we recommend and sell "Waproo Waterproofer" to protect them from unexpected showers. We recommend spraying monthly on the Full Moon and can send you a reminder if you sign up to our newsletter here.
Polish your leather shoes around once a month and clean when necessary with a leather conditioner and soft rag to remove any dirt accumulated on your travels.
For extra special treatment, polishing can help renew shoes that have developed scratches or other signs of regular wear. Wax and cream polishes available from a local shoe repairer will breath new life into your beloved toe tappers. Once your newly polished shoes have dried you can re-apply a waterproof spray for extra protection.
We only ship within Australia & New Zealand to reduce the carbon footprint of our products.
Returns – Full Priced Items
On full priced items we offer the option of a full refund, size exchange or store credit within 14 days of receiving the order. We also cover postage on the first exchange. See full returns process instructions here.
If you are in Melbourne you are also more than welcome to make an exchange instore at The Fitting Salon - 554 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.
Returns – Sale & ALL Promotional Code Items including Welcome codes
All sale items under $99 are final and there is no exchange or return offered for change of mind purchases or incorrect sizes so please choose carefully.
For sale items over $99 we happily offer either an exchange or store credit note valid for 6 months from the date of return (strictly no cash refunds) for change of mind purchases and size exchanges. Please note we do not cover Return Postage or the postage to get the exchange back out to you.
See full returns & exchange details here.