WEEKLY ROUND UP 8/22/2014

Posted on August 22, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

+ WATCH: There’s a Pulp documentary and it’s AWESOME. (And not to toot our own horn too much, but Chris Bilheimer - who did our rebrand - also designed the poster). [PULP the Film]
+ SEE: Have you checked out JW Anderson’s re-brand for Loewe? We’re all about it - check out those key chains! [Loewe US Official]
+ DO: CREATE A FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM AND OWN ALL YOUR FRIENDS. [ESPN]
+ HEAR: JJ dropped a new album this week (and capitalized their name) - smooth and groovy. [Spotify]
+ EAT: For you locals, Jacoby’s opened this week - and it’s delicious. [Jacoby’s]
+ RELAX: We stayed at DRIFT San Jose during our beach vacation to San Jose Del Cabo, MX last weekend. Fully recommended. [Drift San Jose]

My Favorite Pair of Shoes No. 02 by Brock Bingaman

Posted on August 21, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Who are you?
BROCK BINGAMAN - Professor of Religious Studies at Wesleyan College, the oldest women's college in the world, specialist in ancient desert spirituality, proud father of two kids, and outrageous connoisseur of 80s music. 

 

What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
ADIDAS SAMBA

 

Why?
I'VE BEEN WEARING THEM FOR OVER 35 YEARS; THEY'RE COMFORTABLE AND GO WITH ABOUT ANYTHING; AND I SCORE/ATTAIN LOTS OF AMAZING GOALS IN THEM (I.E. COACHING KID'S SOCCER, WALKING TO THE FRIDGE FOR ANOTHER BEER)

 

 Where did you get them?
BOUGHT MY FIRST PAIR AT RON LYNCH SPORTING GOODS IN NORMAN, OK, NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. NOW I GET THEM AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS. 

 

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes.
I SAW NEW ORDER LIVE WITH MY BROTHER IN DALLAS AND SCREAMED LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL. 

 

What sign are you?
ARIES 

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Women's Styles

Posted on August 14, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

They're almost here: The women's styles! We've finally been able to design a very limited number of women's sizes in the Abel and the Donahue. Women's 6M, 7M and 8M - all fit very true to size. (If you wear a women's 9, 10 or 11, you've always been able to wear our men's styles. Just size down 2 sizes and you should be good). 
Beginning August 19th you will be able to get a pair of these for yourself or for a really awesome lady in your life. We're releasing a small number of them and in just two styles as sort of a trial. If they do well, we'll start exploring more styles and designs that we can do in ladies' sizes. 
You can read all about our process to get to this point from our earlier blog post, Why No Women's Boots? and make sure to watch the video below where Joshua talks about the sole on the Abel. It's kind of a fun story. 
Remember - come back on the 19th and you'll have an opportunity to get one of these historic boots! 
all photography by Niraj Mehderatta

Fall Pre-Order Event Update

Posted on August 08, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

We've been running our Fall Pre-Order Event for a week and we've sold 20% of our inventory so far! Thank you to everyone who has participated. We're really excited about these styles this season - they run the range of super casual to super dressy but as usual with our designs, all of the styles can be mixed and matched for the occasion. We love the formal Pete with denim and we love the rugged Donahue with a tweed suit just as much as we love them how they're styled above. 
If you're thinking about adding one of these to your collection, remember: the 15% off pricing that is available during the sale will be the only time these styles are marked at a discount. Also, we have ordered limited inventory of these styles and once they are sold out, they will not be restocked again. If you haven't watched our video for the styles yet, Let Joshua walk you through the inspirations and visions for this season. 

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2014 Pre-Order Event

Posted on July 31, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

 

THE DONAHUE:

We at HELM are always trying to come up with new ways to keep things fun for you guys. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious to design and release two seasons a year. Design, release, design, release, design, release, etc, etc, etc. This season we thought "hey! let's change it up a bit!". So for the first time ever - we are presenting our Fall 2014 styles now, for you to order in advance. We thought we'd throw in a little discount, too just to sweeten the deal. 

The thing that is so important though (and we feel like maybe we haven't been super clear about this aspect of our company until now) is that we only produce a limited number of pairs each season and once they're gone, we don't bring them back. We do keep a few styles around because you guys can't get enough of them (The Mullers, The Sam Original and soon, The Ben) but our business model dictates that we make only a few styles a season in a limited number. We stamp each pair with the season so you always know when yours were made. See, it's special! 

Ok so here's the nitty gritty: From Friday Aug 1- Friday Aug 15 we will be offering our five new Fall styles at 15% off. We will never put these on sale again so if you are thinking about it from that aspect, you should jump on this. Also, remember the limited number of pairs thing. Once they're gone, they're gone. We'll charge your card at purchase but we'll be shipping these very soon. The Lotzer, Abel and Donahue will go out the week of Aug 18th. The Petes will be shipping in October. 

Click the image above or HERE to watch Joshua tell you more about each style. We are so excited about this season. We designed some of our favorite boots we've ever seen come from our studio. The Pete was a long time in the making and we love that influence from Joshua's favorite Saab. We adore the cutthroat sole on the Abel and the fact that it has its roots in fly fishing. The Donahue is such a sexy black basic and the Lotzer Black just does everything well; from that toe to the black Vibram sole. It's not in our best interest to say so but you may never need another boot after that one. 

Come back tomorrow and get your chance to put one of these in your closet. 

 

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My Favorite Pair of Shoes No. 01 by Kyle Muller

Posted on July 24, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Who are you?
Kyle Muller / Art Director

 

What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
Vietnam Combat Boots (1960s)

 

Why?
They belonged to my father who was a fighter pilot. The black leather is worn, scuffed and they fit like a glove. When getting laced up, I feel a swelling of pride and sentimentality... plus they are steel-toed and ready to rumble. 

 

Where did you get them?
Richard “Raccoon” Muller

 

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes.
I wore them everyday for about two years straight… so a lot. The boots defiantly had two different owners.One was pulling Gs in an F-14 Tomcat, and flying missions as Naval Aviator in Top Gun… the other walked around, went to parties and frequented bars in New York.I asked my Father about the boots and this is what he said…
"When I was a young aviator – I wanted to look 'spiffy' in my flight suit/flying attire – so I spit-polished the boots to make ‘em shine! Took me over an hour! When the C.O. (Commanding Officer) saw them – he told me to undo all of my work and 'never polish them again!' It seems that shoe polish is flammable – and according to him – I was asking for trouble!”

 

Still haven’t polished them. 

 

What sign are you?
Capricorn/Aquarius (cusp)

 

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Heritage

Posted on July 15, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we don't always carry our styles forever - in fact, because we believe that style is something that should be unique, HELM usually only produces our designs for a single season. Once that style runs out, it's gone from our stock forever - but hopefully on your feet forever, a truly unique and well-crafted piece!

An exception to this rule are our Heritage Styles. Based off of traditional American shoe design, this collection features our Mullers in Black, Teak and Brown and our Sam Original Boot

Why do we produce these season after season? Because we believe that they embody the HELM spirit - something truly timeless and classic, with a modern twist - and because they age so well; we've never seen a Muller age just like any other one. The leathers we select reflect the wearer's lifestyle and habits and tell the world who you are and how you like to live life. 

We've done a small editorial featuring some awesome models with photographer Olivia Vale - enjoy and don't forget the Mullers and Sam Original are available now! Click the pictures or the links for more information. 

    

The Muller Teak 

  

L to R: The Muller Brown, The Sam Original and the Muller Teak 

  

L to R the Muller Teak, the Muller Brown

the Muller Black

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