Decided to get a new pair of Trumans but don't know where to start? We can help. Currently we produce two styles of footwear, a Service Boot and a Derby. Both are made on theTruman 79 last, which fits true-to-size. If you need help determining what size to order, drop us a line using our contact form.

Once you know your size the customization process can really begin. We've broken it down into several steps.

1) Vamp Style (Service Boot Only) and Toe Construction

The portion of a shoe upper that wraps around the front of the foot (the forefoot) is referred to as the "vamp". We have three vamp styles available for our Service boots: plain toe, cap toe, and perforated cap toe. At the moment, our Derbies are only available with a plain toed vamp.

The plain toe consists of a single piece of leather that wraps around the front of the foot. The cap toe vamp is made of two pieces, which are secured together with a several lines of stitching. The perforated cap toe is also made of two pieces, but there is a decorative line of perforations where the two vamp pieces meet.

In addition to our various vamp styles, we also have two types of toe construction: structured and unstructured. All our shoe vamps are made with two layers of leather, the outer portion that is visible and the softer inner lining. In our unstructured construction there is nothing in-between these two layers of leather; in our structured construction there is a piece of celastic between these two layers. Celastic is a piece of plastic infused fabric, which we heat, harden, and mold to the shape of the shoe.

2) Pull Tab Options (Service Boot Only)

Our service boots are available with a looped leather pull-tab on the back, which makes them easier to pull on.

3) Hardware Configuration (Service Boot Only)

For our Service Boots we offer both eyelets and speedhooks. 99% of footwear uses eyelets, which are grommets used to the leather from ripping or stretching when shoeslaces are tightened. We also offer speedhooks, which laces wrap around rather than being strung through; this allows the boots to be removed more quickly.

4) Hardware Finish

Currently we offer hardware in four finishes: Antique Brass, Nickel, Polished Brass, and Black-Coated Aluminum. Eyelets are available in any of these finishes, but speedhooks are only available in antique brass, nickel, and polished brass.

Most customers choose to go with antique brass hardware, although nickel is certainly a popular choice as well. If you are unsure what hardware finish to go with, feel free to ask us or refer to the below table.

Truman Boot Hardware Finish Options

5) Sole Types

Studded Dainite

The Studded Dainite sole is far-and-away the most popular outsole that we offer. It is durable, offers good traction, and has a slim profile, which allows it to be easily dressed up or down. If you are unsure what sole to put on your daily-drivers, the Studded Dainite makes an excellent choice.

Dainite Studded Bottom

Dainite Studded Profile

Goodyear Commando

Our second most popular sole is the Goodyear Commando, which offers excellent traction in even the harshest of conditions. Although the interior of this sole is heavily lugged, the perimeter is left lug-free. This design allows for better snow and mud displacement, and also helps to hide the lugs from view.

Goodyear Commando Bottom

Goodyear Commando Profile

Vibram Mini-Ripple


(Shown in black; also available in white)

The Vibram Mini-Ripple is a relatively new offering, but it has already become a fan-favorite. It is a wedge-style sole, meaning there is no separate heel piece. Because our last is designed for heeled footwear, we build a leather stack to raise the back of the boot to the proper height.

Vibram Mini-Ripple Bottom

Vibram Mini-Ripple Profile

RELTEX Lactae-Hevea Country

RELTEX is one of the most advanced sole production companies in the world. Their soles are hand made from coagulated latex, and are squishy yet durable. Due to the height of the heel piece used, our RELTEX soled shoes do not require a leather heel stack.

RELTEX Lactae-Hevea Country Bottom

RELTEX Lactae-Hevea Country Profile

Vibram Christy


(Shown in black; also available in off-white)

The Vibram Christy wedge sole was originally used by roofers who needed high-traction when standing on a slanted surface. The cushioned nature of this sole makes it one of the most comfortable on the market.

Vibram Christy Bottom

Vibram Christy Profile