About Our Products
How Does Your Sizing Work?
Please refer to our size chart for comparisons with UK/USA/Japanese sizes.
Why Are Hutton Boots ‘Limited Edition’ Only?
Our boots will always be produced in very limited quantities and are individually number-tagged for authenticity. Our target market is limited and so, by definition, are our production runs. Once we are sold out of a particular model, size or colour, that’s it for that production run. In future runs we will offer different specifications of colour and materials, but always highly limited. Our first production run of our Type 01 Desert Boot in Acorn Sand with Natural Yellow Crepe sole is limited to exactly 100 numbered pairs.
Why Do You Only Sell One Colour?
We wanted to recreate the original desert boots just like they were made in their heyday in the 1960s. Every maker had its own colour, almost always a variation of sand, beige or tan. We’ve always loved the look that desert boots get when they’re worn in and really old. Sometimes they can be a bit ‘bright’ when they’re new, so we chose a colour that looks really great both new and worn, and that compliments all kinds of denim, chinos and so-called ‘wheat’ jeans (like Levis Bedford Cords or Lee Westerners).
Where Are Your Boots Made?
Why Are Your Desert Boots More Expensive Than Some Well Known Brands?
We think our Hutton Famous Desert Boots are simply the best desert boots you can buy today. Unlike other brands, our boots are handmade in Italy from premium materials. And, unlike some well known brands, we don’t have a huge overhead for marketing. Instead, we make sure that our boots are made from the best quality materials, made in Italy using locally sourced materials and by workers on full contracts. All of our materials are responsibly sourced – expensive vegetable tanned leather (that doesn’t require heavy metals, such as chrome, in the process), all the solvents used to make the boots are water-based (and don’t poison the factory workers). Even the stitching on every pair is made from cotton sourced from the same region as our factory. We also provide you with a second pair of laces in a contrast colour for free; so you’ll never have trouble sourcing a pair if you need them in years to come. The cost of producing shoes in Italy is one of the highest in the world, but the Italians have a unique heritage when it comes to shoemaking and especially desert boots. And we really think it’s worth the extra cost to support this tradition of ‘slow boots’.
What Does ‘Slow Boots’ Mean?
You’ve probably heard of the Italian ‘Slow Food’ movement. It’s a back to basics movement which prizes ingredients and provenance over and above mass produced and fast food. Well, our boots are made the same way – slowly, locally, by hand and with real love.
Can I Get My Hutton Desert Boots Repaired?
Crepe soles can be easily repaired by any good quality shoe repairer who uses crepe. The beauty of crepe is that it’s a living material and new crepe can be bonded onto old crepe simply through using heat. Old soles can be scoured by your shoe repairer and new crepe added. Our famous desert boots are so well made* and of such timeless and simple construction that we feel sure they’ll last you for many years to come. *We’re so sure of this that we provide a lifetime warranty against defective materials and workmanship.
About My Order
Which Countries Do You Ship To?
We ship to most countries. You can see the full list here. If we don’t ship to your country do let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Why is Your Shipping Quote to My Country Expensive?
We use either DPD or UPS for all shipping. Prices are fixed by the terms agreed between these carriers and our fulfilment partner. Hutton has no control over the cost of shipping and all costs quoted are the actual prices we pay for delivery to each country. We don’t make a profit and for some destinations the costs are subsidised by us. We’d love to make shipping cheaper but sadly that’s out of our control.
For more shipping info please see here
How Long Will It Take To Get My Order?
As we are a small startup business, we aim to ship out from our partner warehouse as soon as possible after ordering. As soon as your order is ready for shipping we’ll send you an email letting you know and include any tracking information if relevant.
How Do I Know What Size To Order?
Because we only sell one type of boot we can be very accurate about our sizing. You can see our size chart here. If in doubt, it’s worth sizing up one and wearing thicker socks with your desert boots. Unlike slip on shoes, desert boots have some flexibility with sizing – a little tight and you can be sure they’ll stretch a little with wear. A little large and you can easily wear them with thicker socks just like they did in the 60s.
How Do I Protect The Suede?
Desert boots are really utility footwear, made to be used and abused. However, if you want to preserve that ‘boxfresh’ look for as long as possible, you can use a suede protector such as Scotchgard® or WOLY. When spraying your boots, remove the laces beforehand and begin spraying into the air and then move the boots into the spray. This helps to avoid blotches or spots that can show up on lighter colour suede when spraying protector from a can. Otherwise, use a good quality suede brush. The best ones are made of crepe and rubber with all kinds of different surfaces to help get the desert dust and city grime off your boots. The very worst ones are made with brass bristles than can tear the surface of the leather, so avoid using those.
How Can I Return A Pair?
Please see our returns & exchanges policy here.