Meet the We The Free boot collection: versatile, beautiful, and conscientiously made.
The Wesley ankle boot, the Canyon lace-up, the Cooper lace-up, the Montage tall boot, and the Reya harness boots.
When designing a new boot collection for the fall season, I wanted it to be timeless, compromised of four styles that could be worn all year round, in the highest quality materials that could only get better looking and more comfortable with each wear. And, most importantly, I wanted us to use the most environmentally friendly processes to create it.
I immediately turned to one of our longtime partners, a small family-owned factory located right outside the stunning coastline city of Porto, in Portugal, who has been helping us create gorgeous styles for Free People since 2013. Having visited the factory multiple times for the past few years has allowed me and my team to build a strong relationship with the father and son who run it. We know their expertise and passion for their craft, and we could trust that they would put love and care into every detail of our designs. But, most importantly, that they could offer us great ways to be earth conscious.
My favorite part of producing these five styles is the method used to tan the leather. Most of it is dyed through a natural, vegetable tanning process. Centuries old, it involves using natural pigments like tree bark to tan the leather. For the few styles that are dyed without vegetable tans, the process takes place in a closed loop facility with an onsite water treatment plant, to ensure the water is returned to its original state at the end of the tanning process.
No detail was spared starting with the sole of each boot which has a unique design with our signature 3 stud detail representing “We The Free”, as well as a metal tip, and an extended rand detail for an exaggerated square toe.
The side pull tabs of each style are also branded with our signature 3 stitch detail, and – because these boots are made for walkin’! – the soft leather linings are padded with cushioning from heel to toe.
The theme of 3s continues in the back details of each style with 3 studs on the heel counter, an FP branded loop with 3 stitch detail as well as 3 stitches on the zip puller.
And finally, since even the packaging is important, each shoe box is made from 96% recycled materials and can be recycled!
With multiple styles to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. I love to pair my tall Montage boots with a breezy summer dress for that western vibe, but for the cooler upcoming season, I will style the Wesley ankle boots with a sweater and my favorite distressed jeans.
How will you style yours? They are selling fast! Shop the collection here and stay tuned as we work to create more colors and new styles!