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Oak St, Chicago

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LEGACY

The son of a cobbler, Oak Street Bootmakers founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed at his father’s shop where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Today, George seeks to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.

QUALITY

Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsman and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.
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  • While we were doing time for lunch at Le colonial, stroll through the adjacent streets and you were surprised to see that there were stores of luxury brands. They are peaceful and pleasant streets. Stroll. And faces are not if you do not enter a buy.
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  • It was a late afternoon hour, and I found myself walking along Oak Street towards N Michigan Ave. Oak Street is of course famous for its high-end, luxury shops. These shops didn't look overly busy wit...  more »

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