Maine Guide Ox, Cordovan
'At the frontier the environment is at first too strong for the man. He must accept the conditions which it furnishes, or perish, and so he fits himself into the Indian clearings and follows the Indian trails. Little by little he transforms the wilderness, but the outcome is not the old Europe... The fact is, that here is a new product that is American.'
- Frederick Jackson Turner, 'The Significance of the Frontier in American History'
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.
Yuketen moccasin footwear are genuine handsewn by highly skilled and experienced leather artisans who take great pride and fulfillment in their work. These shoes are handmade in U.S.A. A feat both in design and execution, the shell cordovan upper is masterfully formed from a hand-cut of shell cordovan. Shell cordovan is considered the diamond of cordwainery, an equestrian leather named for the posterior segment of the horse from where this irregular, oval-shaped "shell" cut of material is taken. The motion of the animal's hip joints against taut skin gives this leather a burnish that, like a diamond, plays stunningly against the light.
he replaceable sole is a soft-compound working sole from Vibram to maximize cushion and support and Yuketen’s full leather insole offers unparalleled comfort with genuine moccasin style. Eight layers of highest quality materials (leather & rubber) are sandwiched between the lucky owner’s foot and the ground.
The Maine Guide collection, available only from Yuketen, is inspired by Maine wilderness guides with rugged features including functional and durable pattern shapes designed to endure the elements. The Maine Guide Ox affords identical capabilities of the other Maine Guide models in a more accessible shape.
- Genuine moccasin construction
- Hand-sewn plug, overcast and heel
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Available in: Cordovan #8, Cordovan IB Navy
- Available with: Vibram Christy Sole