Oak Street is a relatively new boot company founded in 2009 and it has Chicago in its DNA — everything is made with material from the city’s Horween Leather Company and Oak Street is even named after an area in its Gold Coast neighborhood.
The Trench boot is their most popular boot and the most popular leather for it is Natural Chromexcel. Let’s dive in.
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This has a really uncomplicated, plain toe, service boot aesthetic that I really liked. Some people think the toe is too “duckbilly” but I find it’s the kind of minimalist boot that let’s the construction and the leather quality speak for itself. It also comes with rawhide laces which normally I’m not a fan of, but I think the color works great with the natural leather.
Otherwise the leather is a gorgeous blonde, the sole is a slick Dainite rubber, it’s partly lined with calfskin, and there’s enough stitching to suggest it’s well made without trying too hard in the durability category.
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OAK STREET LEATHER
Quality control-wise I had no issues with the leather at all: zero loose grain, zero premature creasing. The leather wears well and it looks great, unlike my Wolverine 1000 Miles which creased a ton.
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This is natural Chromexcel®, a combination tanned leather that undergoes 89 processes taking 28 working days to make using all five floors of Horween’s facility. The leather is a little over 2 millimeters thick and what’s cool about natural leather is that it doesn’t show scratches or creases quite as easily as a brown boot.
OAK STREET SOLE
The outsole is Dainite, a great combination of grip, durability, and flexibility. It’s also way easier to clean than a leather sole and it looks a lot better as it ages.
After the Dainite there are oiled leather waterlock soles, which is one reason this is a particularly water resistant boot. Another is the 360-degree Goodyear welt, which puts a canvas rib between the upper and the sole and allows for easier resoling.
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OAK STREET FIT & SIZING
Sizes run from 7 to 14 and there’s just one width available right now, so wide or narrow feet are out of luck. They fit true to size, so no need to order a size down here.
I had no issues wearing these in, but I will say my toes tended to slide down to the end of the boot, which I didn’t like.
OAK STREET PRICE
This can change, but right now it’s $462 for a pair of these with the Dainite sole. They’re more expensive with a toe cap and less expensive with leather soles, so you have options.
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Great quality leather
Unusually water resistant
Not the best fit
Just one width available