Helm Life – HELM Boots

MY FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES NO. 8 BY JOHNNY RADELAT

Who are you? 
I am Johnny Radelat an Austinite and musician who plays drums for Gary Clark Jr. And other Austin faves.
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite shoes are these guys: The Marion Olive by HELM Boots
(This is a pic Gary took at Lollapalooza in São Paulo Brazil last year)

Why?
Being on the road constantly around the world, I like packing light and only packing/wearing one pair of shoes. These boots fit all occasions. They are tough and hold up to hiking/exploring new cities on foot or stomping around muddy festival grounds. In turn they clean up well for not so casual occasions and I can wear them with a suit. 
Where did you get them?
I got them in Austin at the HELM shop on East Sixth.
What sign are you?
I am a text book Leo born August 18th.
Being on the road constantly around the world, I like packing light and only packing/wearing on pair of shoes.. these boots fit all occasions. They are tuff and hold up to hiking/exploring new cities on foot or stomping around muddy festival grounds... In turn they clean up well for not so casual occasions and I can wear them with a suit. 
-I Got them at the helm shop on east sixth.
-I am a text book Leo born August 18th.. 
Being on the road constantly around the world, I like packing light and only packing/wearing on pair of shoes.. these boots fit all occasions. They are tuff and hold up to hiking/exploring new cities on foot or stomping around muddy festival grounds... In turn they clean up well for not so casual occasions and I can wear them with a suit. 

WEEKLY ROUND-UP 10/24/2014

+ WATCH: Marcel the Shell is back! [Youtube]
+ READ: Rest in peace, Oscar. We'll miss you but we're so glad we got to have you. [BOF]
+ DO: The Austin Eastciders Cidery is opening ! Their opening is tomorrow. [Facebook]
+ HEAR: There's a NEW. SLEATER-KINNEY. SINGLE. [Spotify]
October 24, 2014 by HELM Handmade

Red Earth Trading Co.

Tomorrow night we will be hosting Red Earth Trading Co at the HELM Store during the monthly East Sixth IBIZ District's Fourth Friday event from 5-9pm. (they will also be popped up in our store all day Saturday 12-6pm) 

This Nashville-based company is part of the growing number of ethical, sustainable lifestyle brands in the same vein of locals Raven and Lily and another HELM Store Brand - Stone and Cloth.

Red Earth works with African artisans and pays them a fair wage for beautiful, classic handcrafted jewelry made of brass and aluminum. The pieces nod both to history and modern design and would make a welcome addition to the wrist, neck or fingers of any stylish boy or girl. 

Read more on their blog of the production process with Raymond, a Ugandan artist responsible for much of their production and we will see you at the HELM Store Friday night Oct 24 // 5-9pm // 900 East Sixth Street Austin 

 

October 23, 2014 by HELM Handmade

MY FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES NO. 7 BY MICHAEL MULLER


 

Who are you? 

 I am Michael A. Muller. I play music in a band called Balmorhea and take photos. I have some of my work showcased here and also keep a blog here. I love music and skateboarding and people.

What’s your favorite pair of shoes?

The constant shoe I always keep buying year after year are the Classic Core Vans. I usually get the blue but have sometimes swayed into white, grey and sometimes all-black depending on the mood and season.

Why?

It's hard to say no to them - especially when they get all soft and worn-in. They are inexpensive, go with everything, can dress up or down and will perhaps forever remain a staple and a classic. Over the years I've learned ways to customize them to make them personal. I always put in brown leather laces and upgraded insoles. A friend of mine will also put his on his roof when they're brand new and let the sun fade em out a little - a nice trick for those inclined to natural distressing.

Where did you get them?

vans.com

Would you share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?

I always get a fresh pair before a tour. So each pair represents a specific time. Many of them have trod far away from home as well as rolled around atop many a skateboard session.

What sign are you?

Scorpio

 

 

WEEKLY ROUND-UP 10/16/2014

+ WATCH: YASS Cat wants a treat. Yas. [Youtube]
+ READ: This article on Boing Boing exploring Prog-Rock as a genre - and as "the sound of history's future." [Boing Boing]
+ HEAR: Iceage's new record Plowing Into the Field of Love is a treat. [Spotify]
+ AGH: This base jumper leaping off a giant building into a swimming pool. [Youtube
+ HMMM&M: What say you about the Alexander Wang collection for H&M? [Vogue]
+ PLUS: We're at Stanley Korshak now if you're in Dallas! [Stanley Korshak]

 

October 16, 2014 by HELM Handmade

FUN FUN FUN FEST - The HELM Boots Staff Chooses Their Must See Bands

At the HELM Office and the HELM Store we listen to A LOT of music. All day. Every day. So music influences our work and our processes and our designs. And there are A LOT of music festivals in Austin, but the FUN FUN FUN FEST stands alone in it's originality and kinds of awesome bands and other acts it brings in. Therefor, some of the HELM Staff has picked their MUST SEE acts for this year. Read on, listen to the links and then share your top 4 Must See bands with us!

 Ethan  

SZA

Honestly, best album of 2014 - I keep coming back to it and I'd love to see her live.

Death From Above 1979 

I'm so happy this band is back; MSTRKFT was great, but DFA1979 is the original goodness. 

METZ 

Such a good band, such a great sound, such a good performance. 

Cities Aviv 

This album came out of nowhere for me and I think it's one of the most creative ones of the year - I can't define it sonically and I want to see him live. 

 

 Joshua 

FAILURE

"Fantastic Planet" was in my CD player for years. Literally.

The Presets

I used to play them at my old shoe store in SF – so good. 

Rocket From the Crypt 

Pure nostalgia factor. “Are you stuck in the middle!!?!?”

Deafheaven 

Looking forward to seeing them live and seeing if his vocal makes it the whole show. Impressive.

 

 Broc 

The Blood Brothers

Reunited, and it will feel so good.

Gary Numan

One word. "Cars." 

Chelsea Wolfe

I've never had my hair blown back in such a subtle way.

SOHN

Our Studio Manager, Ethan, introduced me to SOHN earlier this year, and I'm pretty sure I'll forever be indebted to him. 

 

 Matt

Alt-J

The most unique and talented songwriters I have discovered

Modest Mouse

For years I listened on repeat to their smash hit "Float On" 

2 Chainz

I'll die a blood born hip-hop lover

City and Colour

What wedding in America has one of his songs NOT been in

 

 Chris

Neutral Milk Hotel

Z-Trip 

Jonah Ray

The Octopus Project

 

 

 

WEEKLY ROUND-UP 10/10/2014

+ WATCH: Did you see the video Mashable came and took of us and our owner/CEO Joshua? It's even got some cute chickens (although, unfortunately, not in chicken-sized boots). [Mashable]
+ SEE: It's October, so get to Horror Moviein' stat! io9 has a great list for you to work through. [io9]
 
+ DO: Oktoberfests are happening! Personally, we can wait to go to the Liberty's event this coming Sunday. [Liberty Oktoberfest]
+ HEAR: We've been digging on that new Caribou LP. [Spotify]
+ WHAT : This might be old, ancient in internet years, but we will never get over the "spoopy/creppy" Halloween decorations. DOO~ [ Buzzfeed ]
October 10, 2014 by HELM Handmade

Meet the Pete!

It's Fall and that means a bit warmer dressing - it might not snow in Texas, but the weather is cooling off, allowing us to finally put on some long sleeve shirts.
Fall and Winter always seem like a great time for getting dressed up and going to parties - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
In this spirit, we're introducing our dressiest style yet - the Pete. 
The Pete is modeled after a traditional derby shoe - it's on our most tapered last, for a much more dressed-up look. Its upper is composed of Chromexcel Black and contrasting bison leather, for an added bit of interest without shouting for attention. 
We shot the Pete on our friend Derrick, who was a terrific model, during an evening at Figure Eight Coffee Purveyors. 
The suits are Paul Marlow's (of Loden Dager) recently introduced line of custom Men's suiting under his own name. The shirts are made of gorgeous printed cotton and the pants and jacket fit perfectly and are made of fine wool and twill materials. We highly recommend them if you're looking for something original yet timeless for your next suit. 
We hope this Pete carries you through the holidays and that they're filled with friends, family and parties. With its durable leather dress sole and our signature white midsole, it's made to last a lifetime at our factory in Maine. 
To the Pete! 
October 09, 2014 by HELM Handmade

MASHABLE x HELM

Mashable came by and took some gorgeous video of our design studio - they also followed Joshua around for the day.
Get to know some of our inspiration and driving forces, see our studio in action, and watch some adorable footage of chickens. 
Thanks for stopping by, Mashable! 
October 07, 2014 by HELM Handmade

MY FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES NO. 6 BY PAUL QUI

Who are you?

 

My name is Paul Qui, I'm a chef and restauranteur in Austin Texas.  I own East Side King, a group of trucks and spaces that have fun with Asian street food.  I'm also the chef/owner at Qui restaurant on East 6th St.  

@pqui for both twitter and instagram

www.quiaustin.com 

www.eskaustin.com

 

What’s you favorite pair of shoes?

This is a trick questions, because I love collecting all shoes, from sneakers to boots.

 

Why?

I love the new shoe smell.

 

Where did you get them?

All over the place, where ever I travel. 

 

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?

I was breaking in my first ever pair of helm boots and was walking around Tokyo during the eclipse of 2012 and I ran into a lion, a penguin, chickens and some monkeys.  They were part of an experiment to see how they would react to the solar eclipse

 

What sign are you?

Leo