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Taft Lineup for Fall 2016

(Please note: We WILL be restocking previous styles....these are just the new ones to look forward to.)

The Rome Boot

The Jack Boot in grey/brown


The Troy Boot in olive


The Troy Boot in black/gold

(Yes...that is gold leather lining)


The Mack Boot in sand


The Outback Boot in ash


The Outback Boot in taupe


The Mack Boot in espresso


The Rook in cherry


The Rook in grey


The Calder in black


The Beck in Cherry


The Kennedy in Sand


If you want a glimpse into our factory, check this out...





A note from Kory:

I am very proud of the new styles that we have coming. I work very hard to design unique shoes and I feel like we have some really killer shoes in this mix. The quality is always getting better and better, and these shoes are even better than our previous styles. We are introducing a new last (The London last) with the Outback boot. It's a bit more rounded and designed for comfort. The Jude Boot and the Outback Boot are made on different lasts and will give a bit different look. The London last is not as aggressive and is built for comfort, where the Jude Boot (Bristol last) is a high fashion, aggressive silhouette. We are also introducing a crepe sole. This is an extremely comfortable type of sole. We sourced a brown estate (specific type of crepe sole) sole unit in a few different colors. Very comfortable, very durable, and looks great. 

I am most excited about the Rome Boot. This is a style I have been working on for a while and finally feel like it is ready. I sourced a beautiful, milled Italian leather for the upper to give it that texture. It takes three different coats of paint (video coming!!) to get that richness in the leather. It really is a work of art and I feel very proud of this boot. I am also really excited about the Outback Boot in will find me wearing that boot every day with a pair of slim selvedge denim jeans and a flannel shirt this Fall. 

It has been an amazing, overwhelming, exciting first year for Taft. I launched our shoes last November and the reception has been amazing. I felt a lot of pressure to follow up our first releases with something really special, and I feel like we did it. Thank you all so much for the love, support, and excitement about Taft. Going the direct-to-consumer route has its challenges, but it is paying off. We can offer you top, top quality at a beautiful price point. This is a brand I have built for the people...I want everyone to have access to top quality. Thank you for an amazing year and here's to many more to come!

With love and gratitude, 




#TAFTweekend (Six Bloggers. One House. Lots of Shoes)



In March we flew out 6 of our favorite bloggers to celebrate the launch of our Spring collection. When we first imagined Taft Weekend, we knew we wanted everybody to stay in the same home, all of us under one roof. Thanks to HomeAway, our vision worked out wonderfully and we all stayed under one (beautiful) roof in Park City, Utah. The neighborhood was quiet, and the home had all the amenities we needed. Housing that many people in one place while making sure everyone could have their own space was no small task and HomeAway met it with ease. When we were lounging around the house,we spent the weekend eating delicious food, breathing mountain air, and strolling around Main Street. Our goal of the weekend was to get some honest feedback on the shoes from a group who really knows their stuff. Everybody wore Taft all weekend long and the reviews couldn't have been better. Here's a little recap of what our weekend looked like..

Thursday morning, everybody flew in to Salt Lake International Airport. We picked up the guys and our photographers in a 12 passenger van, had a quick lunch, and made our way to Park City. When we arrived to our HomeAway house each blogger had an assortment of shoes and socks laid out for them. We wanted it to feel like Christmas morning - the entire room was covered in shoes. Every shelf, every table, every couch housed a pair of shoes. One of the bests parts of the weekend was hearing the constant feedback. Everybody loved their shoes and we really couldn't ask for more than that. At Taft our goal is to make comfortable, durable, bold shoes. Hearing everybody's praises and knowing it was right in line with our goal was so rewarding.
That evening, after everyone had a little time to rest and wash up, we hit Park City Main Street for a killer dinner with Gourmand food tours. Each course was at a different restaurant and we learned a little bit about the history of Park City all along the way. The whole tour was about 3 hours total and we were shooting all along the way.
Some food tour chit-chat
The next morning we made our way to Salt Lake City for a photoshoot at The Charcoal Loft. The lighting was beautiful and everybody brought several looks to shoot. We all had the privilege of watching Justin dance and sing all weekend long and the photoshoot was no exception. Seeing how everybody styled their shoes so differently was very cool. Even though our shoes are so bold, we pride ourselves on them also being versatile - seeing how many totally different looks you could wear with the same shoe was really exciting. 
After our shoot we head over to Art Haus for lunch. Lunch was served by Da Foco Truck and it was such a cool set up. Da Foco is sort of like a hybrid food truck. They cook out of the truck but can serve you anywhere! We were all set up for lunch at Art Haus and had delicious tacos prepared by Da Foco. In addition to the tacos the fresh pineapple juice was a pretty major hit.
After lunch we went Go Kart racing! When we first thought up Taft weekend, we knew we wanted it to be filled with fun experiences. Go Kart racing was even better than we could have imagined. Marcel smoked everybody!!
Saturday, we just took things slow. We slept in, took it easy and had a late morning photoshoot followed up by lunch and a trip up the canyon. Park City is a big change of pace from Los Angeles and New York and we wanted to make sure there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the slower lifestyle. In the evening we all came back for a killer meal at home. One of our big priorities when we were looking for a place was a kitchen that could accommodate all our food needs for the weekend. When we weren't eating out, we were cooking at home and HomeAway provided a place that easily met all of our needs. It's always nice to eat out, but nothing beats a home cooked meal and on Saturday we did just that - enjoyed a nice meal at home together. 
The next morning we packed up early and headed back to airport. Everybody made it home safely, Taft shoes in tow. 
Seeing so many people wear and love our shoes all weekend long was surreal and exciting. Even our photographers were wearing Taft. It was a great weekend to spend time together as friends and to break in some of our favorite styles. We couldn't be more grateful for HomeAway for providing the perfect backdrop for our trip, and to each of the bloggers for partying with us all weekend. 
The house we stayed in (check this place out....BEAUTIFUL)

A Review of The Jude Boot

The following is a guest post from Brett Poschmann of The Poshman Blog. Brett was not paid to endorse any Taft product and the views expressed in this post are solely his. 

The first product I ever received from Taft was a pair of their no-show socks. This was about a year ago and they have become my go-to no-show sock during the warmer months. The sticky inserts in the heel make sure that they won't fall off the back of your heel (the biggest problem when wearing no-shows). So when I heard that Taft was creating a shoe line I was naturally excited. 

Ever since Taft released the new shoe line I have been dying to get my hands on a pair. The boots and shoes are really affordable because they cut out the middle man. No distributor, no big box mark ups mean that they can keep the pricing affordable. I picked the Jude boot because I haven't really seen anything else like it. I've been wanting suede Chelsea boots forever and these tick all the boxes. The contrasting elastic looks great against the beige suede, 100% would pick them again. 

My biggest apprehension was the colour. Now I'm not a messy guy but I have been known to spill a coffee here and there. Sooooo, I made sure that before I took my Judes out on the town that I protected them. I use Jason Markk to protect my shoes and it works pretty well. Just cover it in a coat, let it dry and repeat 2 more times to create a good barrier around the boot or shoe. With suede or any light-coloured shoes it is very important to protect them if you want them to last. 

The first time I slipped these bad boys on they were a little snug on my fairly wide feet. After walking in them for about 15 minutes the buttery suede had molded to my feet and the boots felt like I'd owned them for years. I decided to pair them with some light denim and my windowpane double-breasted jacket to create a slick look. You could easily pair these with dark denim or just about anything else in your wardrobe, they are very versatile. 


Hope you guys like this post, let me know in the comments section if you have any Taft products yourself and what you think!


You can read more about Brett and his style on his blog at and on his Instagram account @theposhman. 


Our TAFT Christmas Miracle

Thanks to the amazing response we have had to our shoe release and the Reddit article that was published about us, we have had a killer fourth quarter this year. We are still very new and small (yep, still just a one-man show) but we have had some amazing things happen. Because of this, we wanted to give back in whatever way we could. As a young father of two children, I understand the worry and concern of caring for children...especially at this time of year. We set aside some profits and decided to help a few families out with Christmas. 

A quick summary of the four families we were able to help with Christmas:

  • A single mother of two beautiful little girls
  • A young couple with a newborn baby in Chicago
  • A family in Texas that just lost their workshop in a fire
  • A single mother that works three jobs to care for her little babies

We overnighted four checks to each of these families on December 22nd to arrive in time to purchase some last minute gifts for their children. I have followed up with them to see what we were able to do with the money. Here is what that money was able to buy:

  1. Seven sets of Christmas pajamas
  2. Two LeapFrog educational tablets to help with spelling, vocabulary, and math
  3. One RC truck (that can handle the Texas terrain)
  4. Two Barbie dolls
  5. A number of articles of clothing for both girls and boys
  6. A much-needed accessory for a bassoon
  7. A baby swing for the newborn
  8. Stockings full of candy

We are so grateful for all of you that have made this possible. We love giving back and this year we were able to help brighten others' days because of your support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!







Reviewing the Jack Boot - 28,000 Steps of Wear and Tear

Hey guys! We get a lot of questions about how the Jack boot stands up to the elements so we've really put it to the test. On our recent factory visit to Spain, I (Kory) wore the above sample pair of the Jack Boot exclusively. And when I say I wore them, I mean it. These shots were taken after the boot endured over 13 miles of walking, 28,000 steps, and getting caught in two rainstorms. I purposely wore these boots in strenuous circumstances, without caution, while I was gone so I could really see how they'd hold up. Typically I'm very cautious with my shoes, but I wore these boots really hard for testing purposes. I took some immediate pictures, fresh home from the trip, so you can see how they held up. The shoes are unpolished and totally untouched - I just took them off and took the shots. I also took a few additional shots at the end, showing what they looked like after about four minutes of TLC (a little polish and leather care). 
Here's the nitty gritty, these shoes endured:
  • Over 13 miles walked (over 28,000 steps)
  • Traveling through three countries
  • Getting stuck in two rainstorms
The boots got absolutely soaked twice..unexpected rainstorms when we were out shooting. The wool and leather got completely soaked. The wool is water repellant so my feet were totally warm and dry through the whole thing. 
The wool upper looks a little bit wrinkled because I tie my laces back behind the shoe (as pictured below) and because I wore them really, really hard. I can't stress that enough. The wrinkled look is more obvious when they're not being worn but it almost totally goes away when the boots are being worn. hurt :)
I walk on the outside of my foot so the outer heel of my shoes typically wears down first. The soles show very minimal wear, which I am really happy about...nothing worse than a worn-out sole. 
So you can see the boots (unpolished) above as well as some of my tools for quick touch-ups on my shoes. For the Jack Boot, I applied just a little bit of brown polish to the leather toe and heel, and then topped it off with some Leather Lube just to restore any blemishes. 
Look brand new still. 
The wrinkles in the wool upper are much more obvious right after removing the shoe, the wool actually holds it's shape really beautifully.  
After being drenched in water, the leather still looks really great. Poor quality leather would be cracked after drying out but the leather held up really well, just like we knew it would. 
If you have any additional questions, please comment below. I designed and produced this boot because it was something that I wanted to exist. Now that it does, I am so impressed with the quality, craftsmanship, and comfort. Thanks to all 450 of you that have pre-ordered this boot... literally couldn't do all of this without you. 

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE || Four Pack of Beaded Bracelets

Dear Taft Family, 

We are happy to announce that we have now released our Four Pack of Men's Bracelets available on the site for just $15. These bracelets are the perfect accessory to complement a watch or give your wrist a little color. 

Here are the details on the new bracelets:

Colors: Black, Cranberry, Rust, and Eggshell       Beads: 100% Wood         Price: $15



The History of Socks and Where We Fit In

You may have noticed while scrolling through your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media pages, or even walking down the street, that socks have taken on some new styles and looks. They’re colorful, they’re patterned, they even have animals and food on them. Socks and their purpose are changing and people are loving it. GQ has explained that, “Statement socks are like a stylish man’s best kept secret.” This secret is getting out and has played a major part in increasing money spent on men’s clothing this past year.

The earliest known pair of socks to be discovered are dated back to around 300-500 AD. They were originally created to keep feet warm and protected from cold and other harsh conditions. For the most part, socks have served the same purpose throughout the many years since then. They have mostly been thought of and used as a necessary commodity, without much thought about potential fashion statements they could make with different styles except in a few instances. Sock fashion just wasn’t as important. In recent years that has changed quite a bit, and socks are serving a purpose to better tie an already stylish outfit together in just the right way.


early stages of socks


Where socks have been joked about as being the classic bad Christmas gift for years, they are now becoming an important and desired accessory by many men, and even teenagers. When dressed in formal wear, socks are becoming like ties for men by adding a little extra color or pattern that contrasts the rest of the solid-colored suit or slacks. They give the rest of the outfit, and the man wearing it, more personality in a way. That desire to add more personality to an outfit is causing many men to take notice and jump onto this new fashion trend. This, as a result, has caused sock sales to increase drastically in recent years as well.


simple white socks


With high-profile individuals such as George H. W. Bush wearing his eye-catching pink socks, Dwyane Wade with his new sock line at Stance, or Rob Kardashian’s new sock designs at Neiman Marcus, socks are now in the spotlight of men’s fashion and are likely going to stay there for awhile. To take advantage of this new importance of “statement” or “bold” socks, there have even been a number of new businesses started in the past year or two that sell only these styles of socks. These new businesses and colorful socks aren’t just for men; in fact, they also sell women’s socks, but men have become the new market that is growing more and more rapidly. Since men already wear socks more often than women, this new trend in more stylish, colorful socks is increasing the demand even more.


George W. Bush in pink trendy socks

However, the increase in sock demand and new startups selling these socks aren’t just doing good for the fashion world. They have also created the opportunity for some of these businesses to help those in need. As of right now,, for example, has donated 278,798 pairs of socks to the homeless and others who are in need. They have partnered with Hannah’s Socks, a non-profit organization whose mission is to get as many socks to those in need as possible. Similar to Tom’s shoes, Bombas donates one pair of socks for each pair purchased. Socks are the most requested item from homeless people and homeless shelters. These new charitable organizations and efforts by these businesses and other individuals, like Josh York of York Apparel, are a great help to those in need and show what great opportunities are now out there because of this new demand for socks.


socks falling off worn feet



Sock popularity is growing so much so that even some long-standing fashion faux-pas, like wearing socks with sandals, are starting to change. Though it hasn’t quite caught on like the colorful sock trend, wearing socks with sandals is starting to become more widely accepted and normal. People seem to have such a strong desire to wear and show off their socks, that they are even starting to break such basic fashion rules as this. While not everyone can yet pull it off or feel comfortable with this style, many are starting to try it out, including celebrities, such as Rita Ora (below), and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.


rita ora wearing trendy striped socks


One new startup taking advantage of the growing popularity of socks is Taft Clothing. For Taft, the color and style aren’t the only important traits to think about with socks. They set out to make socks that focus on comfort and fit, as well as looks. Taft believes that new sock designs and styles are also important for socks that people may not even see, such as their no show socks. They specifically design only no show socks in various colors and patterns that can both be worn with shorts and casual wear, or with suits and other formal wear. To express the need for quality design in socks, even when they don’t show, Taft Clothing uses the slogan: “Just because it doesn’t show doesn’t mean it’s not important.”

From the design details, one can see that they really mean that. The toes and heels of the socks are woven with acrylic fibers for increased durability and protection against rips and tears. They are also made with high-quality moisture wicking cotton so the socks aren’t sheer or fragile, but comfortably cover your foot and provide a seamless barrier to your shoe. Then, one of the most important features of their socks is in the heel.

One of the main frustrations that goes along with wearing no show socks is the fact that the sock often slides down your heel and then bunches up underneath your foot. This can happen over and over throughout the day until many people get sick of fixing the socks and just decide to simply avoid no show socks altogether. To solve this problem, Taft decided to add a silicone pattern to the heel to make sure that the socks always remain in place. Those are just some of the important details put into the sock which make them as durable and comfortable as possible. With these designs created to give socks better quality and their bold/colorful patterns, Taft’s socks definitely fit in well with the statement socks trend.

fashionable no show socks by Taft