WIN Hand-Tooled Leather Chukkas for Father's Day!

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Elf Jana There have been 66 comment(s)

UPDATE: Congratulations to Elke from Blodgett, Oregon! She was randomly selected as the grand prize winner of this contest. Be sure you're subscribed to our email newsletter and following us on Instagram to learn about future giveaways!

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Amazing things happen when talented makers team up, especially when those makers hail from small American companies with a passion for fine leather goods. This Father’s Day, Oregon’s Soft Star Shoes has joined forces with Minnesota’s Jameson Leatherworks to create the ultimate drool-worthy gift for Dad: a special-edition “Papa Nature” Chukka Boot. Code named #ProjectRadDad, this shoe takes Soft Star’s classic handcrafted Hawthorne Chukka style and ups the ante with Jameson Leatherwork’s amazing Pacific Northwest-inspired artwork. One lucky winner will receive a custom-made pair in their size, announced just in time for Father’s Day!

The contest will run from Thursday, June 9th through Tuesday, June 14th and will be hosted through Soft Star's Instagram Profile, @SoftStarShoes. An active Instagram account is needed to enter.

TO ENTER:

  • Follow us (@SoftStarShoes) on Instagram
  • Follow @JamesonLeatherworks on Instagram
  • "Like" at least one of the contest posts (on either Instagram account)
  • Tag a friend in one of the contest posts (on either Instagram account)

Behind the Scenes:

While the product itself speaks to the skill of the collaborators, the process of creating these amazing chukkas might be an even greater testament to their makers’ ingenuity. Soft Star’s Production and Design Lead, Keita Beard, and Kyle Jameson (of his eponymous Leatherworks company) faced substantial obstacles in bringing their vision to fruition.

First of all, the leather variety normally used for the Hawthorne style was too pliable for proper leather tooling, while the type most favored for Jameson projects was a bit too stiff to create a shoe with Soft Star’s trademark flexibility. The makers settled on a vegetable-tanned leather with a consistency that struck a balance between the two criteria.

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Kyle Jameson plants a forest on a vegetable-tanned leather upper.

The greatest challenge concerned a critical element in the shoe construction process: water. Normally, a Hawthorne Chukka is cut-out, sewn together, and then dipped into a vat of hot water with a shoe form inserted inside; the shoe is later removed and allowed to dry on the mold, leaving it with its classic chukka shape. However, for this project, this sequence posed several problems for Kyle Jameson. For one, since tooling usually happens on a flat piece of leather, working on a 3-dimensional, fully-assembled shoe would be difficult. However, if Jameson were to tool and dye the newly cut leather before assembly, the design would be softened and warped by the shoe-shaping hot water bath later in the process. Undeterred, Keita and Kyle decided to bring a third collaborator into the project: the U.S. Postal Service.

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Tooled and dyed shoe bodies from Minnesota in need of their Oregon soles.

The final process went like this: first, Keita sourced the chosen leather and shaped it into a completed pair of chukkas, subjecting the shoes to the same spa treatment received by all Hawthornes. Then, Keita deconstructed the shoes, removing the soles and undoing a saddle seam so that the uppers could be laid out, leaving their side panels relatively flat while maintaining the round toe molded during the water bath. These “flat” uppers were then mailed to Moorhead, Minnesota, where Kyle worked his magic.

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The deconstructed is ready to be reconstructed in the Soft Star workshop.

After impressing the side panels with a stunning Pacific Northwest forest scene of mountains, streams, and evergreens, Kyle strategically dyed the design to add further depth and give the shoes a rich, striated mahogany finish. Finally, Kyle shipped the tooled leather pieces back to Soft Star, where Keita reassembled them into the fantastic finished product.

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66 Responses to WIN Hand-Tooled Leather Chukkas for Father's Day!

  • Shawn Stoll
    Shawn Stoll says:

    Excited to hear the news of this partnership! Way to go!!

    Posted on June 8, 2016 at 6:10 AM

  • Stephanie Glass
    Stephanie Glass says:

    My husband is a hard working, and loving husband and father! He would love these!

    Posted on June 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

  • Katrina Head
    Katrina Head says:

    Soft star chukka , a great way to show my dad some love this Fathers day. This is a gift he will never guess before opening!!

    Posted on June 9, 2016 at 7:16 PM

  • Marcella Pope
    Marcella Pope says:

    Wow! These are so cool! My husband would love these! We just moved to rural Idaho...these would fit right in!

    Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:59 AM

  • Jeremy Smith
    Jeremy Smith says:

    Yes please!

    Posted on June 12, 2016 at 11:39 AM

  • Karoliina
    Karoliina says:

    Is the contest open for Canadian residents?

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:07 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Hi Karoliina. Yes, Canadian residents can enter, too!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:08 AM

  • Kahtryn Mackey
    Kahtryn Mackey says:

    I think my dad would love these

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:08 AM

  • Temberley Rinker
    Temberley Rinker says:

    The detail on these are incredible. What an awesome gift to surprise my husband with on Fathers Day!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:09 AM

  • André
    André says:

    great pair of shoes to win

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:11 AM

  • Janna
    Janna says:

    My husband would love these.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:12 AM

  • Pierre Brandelius
    Pierre Brandelius says:

    Is this where I win the chukkas ?

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:14 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Hi Pierre. You'll need to enter via Instagram:
    1. Follow us (@SoftStarShoes) on Instagram
    2. Follow @JamesonLeatherworks on Instagram
    3. "Like" at least one of the contest posts (on either Instagram account)
    4. Tag a friend in one of the contest posts (on either Instagram account)
    You will need an active Instagram account to enter.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

  • Stephanie Falcone
    Stephanie Falcone says:

    These shoes look amazing! Well done. My husband would love them.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

  • Jamie
    Jamie says:

    top notch cobbling

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:17 AM

  • Raymond Langer
    Raymond Langer says:

    When two great companies come together, great things are bound to happen! Thanks for a great Father's Day promotion.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM

  • lauren
    lauren says:

    wow, these are so special! seriously handsome footwear.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM

  • brittany stevens
    brittany stevens says:

    Best is great awesome like my pops is more like it.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:20 AM

  • Roz Donovan
    Roz Donovan says:

    These are beautiful shoes!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:21 AM

  • Sarah
    Sarah says:

    So, does this mean one cannot enter the giveaway if one does not Instagram?

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:22 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    HI Sarah. Yes, this giveaway is exclusive to Instagram.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:23 AM

  • diana shenderovich
    diana shenderovich says:

    i wish to win for my husband

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM

  • Jane Schroeder
    Jane Schroeder says:

    My husband is a one of a kind dad and husband, just lIke these shoes! Hope he wins!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM

  • arline lamprich
    arline lamprich says:

    my husband would look great in these

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:27 AM

  • Olga
    Olga says:

    Awesome shoes. Would love to enter for my dad, but i'm not on social media or instagram sites, so have no way here
    :(

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

  • Timothy Rignell
    Timothy Rignell says:

    My Dad is my hero, hope he wins!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    These are incredible! Would be overjoyed to share with our papa!!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:32 AM

  • RebaR
    RebaR says:

    Such great unique shoes! My hubby is a recent convert to minimal footwear and would love these!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:34 AM

  • Tami
    Tami says:

    OH MY!!! Amazing!!~~My wonderful and amazing nature lovin' husband and AMAZING Papa to our beautiful children would love,love,love these wonderfully made shoes! He would be so delighted to have and wear these!;) Thank you!!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:36 AM

  • Kerstin
    Kerstin says:

    Those are awesome looking shoes -what a neat idea! Thanks for doing this.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:37 AM

  • Mark L.
    Mark L. says:

    Great looking shoes for a great Dad. Happy Fathers Day, man!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:37 AM

  • Tara
    Tara says:

    Wow, these are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

  • Marty lotspeich
    Marty lotspeich says:

    My dad actually passed away a month ago, but my brother is an expecting father and he'd love these.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Sorry for your loss, Marty :(

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:46 AM

  • alexandra
    alexandra says:

    Great shoes. Happy Fathers Day!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:47 AM

  • Dan Kosek
    Dan Kosek says:

    I would love to have a chance to win, but I don't do instagram or Facebook ... How do I get a fair chance to win???

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:51 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Sorry Dan, but this contest is an exclusive offer for our Instagram followers. Please follow us in the future for contests that offer other ways to enter.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:52 AM

  • Rajee Pandi
    Rajee Pandi says:

    Done as rajeespot Great gift for Farther's Day thanks

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM

  • Stephanie Phelps
    Stephanie Phelps says:

    These are some awesome shoes

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

  • Sondra
    Sondra says:

    Wow these are beautiful. My grandfather had shoes like these that he handed down to my husband before he died (minus the leather detailing). It would be awesome to have a pair for him.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

  • Wanda Tracey
    Wanda Tracey says:

    Wow! What an awesome collaberation!! I know Dad would wear these gorgeous Softstar shoes with great pride! Thank you for this contest and chance.I have entered with all fingers crossed on IG as cottagebunny.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:28 AM

  • Julie Smolarek
    Julie Smolarek says:

    What size are they?

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Hi Julie. We made a prototype test pair for the photo, and to make sure we knew there wouldn't be any problems with the process, but we'll size the winner and make a custom pair for his feet.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

  • Susan
    Susan says:

    My husband is a hot sexy combat vet who loves service and his family. I would love to give these to him.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 11:18 AM

  • Anneliese
    Anneliese says:

    Your products are amazing and its a very generous offer! I'm not on istagram .... Maybe the next giveaway could use a different platform? Thanks!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 11:52 AM

  • Marian Sanphy
    Marian Sanphy says:

    So Cool!!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 1:08 PM

  • Bai Zhu
    Bai Zhu says:

    Wow these look amazing.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 1:09 PM

  • R.C. Liley
    R.C. Liley says:

    Followed instructions and tagged my wife for this awesome giveaway. Hopefully that was subtle enough as a hint.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 1:13 PM

  • Laurie
    Laurie says:

    Beautiful craftsmanship! A grand gift to be treasured.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:07 PM

  • Al
    Al says:

    You've made it a little hard to enter. The fourth requirement is a chicken and egg thing. I'd delete that one.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:36 PM

  • Melinda Berlin
    Melinda Berlin says:

    These are gorgeous & a true art form.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 4:23 PM

  • sheri Padilla
    sheri Padilla says:

    I know a dad who would so much appreciate these!!!!!!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM

  • Edmond
    Edmond says:

    Diabolical batman, OMG , I have done all 4 & tagged Kara J. Wow, prize shoes are fab & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 6:42 PM

  • Jennifer Essad
    Jennifer Essad says:

    amazing craftsmanship - my husband would love to sport around in them

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

  • Sandra Watts
    Sandra Watts says:

    These are gorgeous.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:33 PM

  • Marner R Campbell
    Marner R Campbell says:

    Nice shoes to win--my hubbie would like them for Father's day! COOL!

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:23 PM

  • Teresa
    Teresa says:

    I have followed your down-to-earth company for awhile and ready to outfit the family with your excellent crafted shoes especially and largely because of the quality of product and authentic business practices I see. This promotion that requires an instagram account changes that - it excludes those who elect to be unplugged from social media.. you are eliminating a good and loyal customer base.

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 4:57 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Hi Teresa. Thanks so much for your interest in our shoes. I'm sorry you aren't able to enter this giveaway, but we wanted to offer something special to our loyal Instagram followers. We'll host more contests with alternate ways to enter in the future.

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 4:58 AM

  • Daphne Dana
    Daphne Dana says:

    Spectacular......Incredible

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 6:17 AM

  • Marie Danielson
    Marie Danielson says:

    I want to enter but don't have a instagram account. My husband uses your run amocks all in black for church. It works awesome.

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 7:37 AM

  • teva
    teva says:

    Those are stunning. One lucky dad indeed!

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

  • Teresa
    Teresa says:

    Forget dad - I would want these for ME!!!

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 10:22 AM

  • Alison Hodgson
    Alison Hodgson says:

    Love the details in these. My hubby would rock them!

    Posted on June 14, 2016 at 2:15 PM

  • Ria Alemina
    Ria Alemina says:

    Love the shoes and i'm sure my husband gonna love this one if he can have this! =)

    Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:35 AM

  • david greggs
    david greggs says:

    tired of walkng barefoot... thanks

    Posted on June 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM

  • Aveitos
    Aveitos says:

    Amazing shoes!!!I can’t stop looking at them!

    Posted on July 29, 2017 at 12:52 AM

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