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.
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!