Maine Guide Ox DB
'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.
Each pair of Yuketen’s American-made genuine moccasin-construction footwear is hand-sewn by leather artisans who have mastered their craft through decades of experience. The shoes benefit from their construction using only the best components and materials such as the Horween full grain flesh-out leathers. The leather is described as ‘flesh-out’ as it is full-grain leather that is flipped so that the flesh side of the leather faces outwards. The advantages of using full grain, flesh-out leather rather than split suede leathers are two fold; full grain leathers retain their structure, thickness and durability for long-lasting strength and the smooth grain side of the leather wears pleasantly against the skin, negating the need for additional liners. This way, the wearer enjoys the benefits of full grain leather and the pleasant aesthetic of the nappy, suede-like flesh side of the leather.
The Maine Guide Ox DB is built upon the same solid foundation as their big brother, the Maine Guide DB Boot. Five layers of premium leather lay between the wearer’s foot and the shoe’s composition midsole and rubber outsole. The shoes’ vegetable-tanned leather tuck and steel shank form a stable bridge along the arch of the foot, distributing weight more evenly across the footbed and resulting in a greater level of comfort and support. Full vegetable-tanned leather insoles and midsoles are also present, atop the replaceable Vibram Christy outsole.
- Genuine moccasin construction
- Hand-sewn plug, overcast and heel
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Available in: V Tan
- Available with: Vibram Christy Sole