About this project
Original, Contemporary, Unexpected and at the same time, familiar.
Setting a new standard in creativity and craft, KLR boots are built from the best leathers in the world. Each pair is a graceful collision between robust tradition and fierce innovation.
KLR is convergence: a world where Outdoor, Military and Motorcycle styles overlap. KLR is joyful negotiation: classic designs break with the past to give you a new kind of boot that still feels timeless. When the dust settles KLR boots wear the history of that exchange without needing to explain it.
At KLR our goal is to give to you, the consumer, the best quality possible for the best value. Sometimes, this requires us to look outside of the big branded components, for the same materials and compounds that provide the high level of performance that we set our standards on. Frankly, we are not big fans of all the hang-tags and badges that come on most products that take away from clean sophisticated looks. We prefer the look of vintage boots that had no badges and hang-tags and were much cleaner. Listed here for your review are the compounds or standards that we use in case you would like to have a more in-depth understanding of how we build KLR Boots.
This is a classic pattern made of a synthetic rubber compound usually referred to as “nitrile”. It is dense and durable, oil and slip resistant. For riders, it is rigid and offers more protection than a standard rubber or polyurethane compound.
The logger outsole is another classic outsole pattern made of synthetic rubber and offers several features through its design. The teeth of the outsole are designed for traction but also offer shock absorption. The heel to toe ratio provide a comfortable forward pitch with a little extra height to enhance the boot’s side profile.
Goodyear Flex Welt
Goodyear Welts have been around for a long time, over 100 years actually. There are many variations. Some, like ours, allow for re-soling. Others that are stitched all the way through the bottom, do not. Our welts are not overbuilt to restrict flexibility and do not require a long break-in time. We are unique in that we are the only brand to exclusively use thick, waxed, red stitching to attach out welts.
The leathers used in KLR boots are intentionally diverse. Because we don’t use any one tannery, the discussion becomes more one of standards. We look for leathers that appeal to the eye as much as the hand. Once again, we select interesting leathers filled with natural waxes and oils. We finish our leather with burnishing usually to give a more handcrafted and vintage look to the final product. When possible, we prefer a naturally tanned, vegetable process.
KLR Proprietary shape
We use our own last, or mold around which we build the boots. You have possibly seen the wooden models that shoes are built on which goes back forever. Well, for more narrow feet, usually women, we modified the vamp, or the front of the shoe, when you look down, giving a shorter appearance. We rounded the toe and added some height to the toe box to give the boot a symmetrical shape that flatters the foot. Enhanced with the Logger bottom’s forward pitch this ‘last’ looks great on and has been getting great reviews!
Motorcycle - What’s cooler then the perennially counter-culture, motorcycle- inspired look? Defined by the cinematically classic motorcycle jacket that viewing audiences and Hollywood itself have been in love with for years?
Military - Vintage WW2 combat boots. sought-after WW1 cavalry boots. Modern special-forces boots: Military-inspired fashion has always been with us.
Outdoor - Luggy outsoles, hand sewn treatments, rich natural leathers high in oil and wax content: be it function or fashion-driven, “premium” is always a measure of workmanship and components in this world.
All shoes will be shipped UPS or USPS (depending on your address) by ground. We are unable to offer different shipment methods for USA customers.
All international orders will be sent by DHL Express. The flat fee regardless of your location is $40 USD. You will be responsible for any duty or tax payable upon import, so please keep this in mind when purchasing.
If you receive your shoes and they do not fit as expected we are happy to process exchange requests on a first come, first served basis. We will order a small amount of additional inventory in the best selling styles and colors. If you wish to exchange your purchase please email us within 30 days to organise your exchange. A small fee will apply to cover the shipping and handling.
The team working behind the scenes on KLR are industry veterans. People that have literally been in the shoe business for over 20 years. Below you will find the step by step process we will follow the make your shoes and ensure that nothing goes wrong along the way.
We are using a manufacturer which also makes boots for many other popular International brands. These brands are found in many of the top tier department stores globally. As such the manufacturer is accustomed to producing super high quality boots on a large scale and making sure they are made on time.
During the development phase we visited over 15 tanneries. We have chosen a supplier who has a long track record of quality and constancy. This means the leather in every KLR shoe is going to be exactly the leather you see in our pictures.
Once the boots are completed by the factory we then hand over to our logistics provider who specialises in accurate on time distribution. They will handle the shipment from the manufacturer to our warehouse in the USA and then our to our backers. Having 1 company handle the end to end logistics ensures things go smoothly.
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