Who are you?
I’m a writer based in Austin, and I run a travel brand called WILDSAM. We publish field guides to great American cities. That’s how we first discovered Helm. It was love at first boot.
What’s you favorite pair of shoes?
I pretty much wear two pairs of shoes. First, a ragged pair of K Swiss low tops that Billy Reid made. I’m on the second pair, and I’ve learned that I must walk funny because I busted through the right heel after about 15 months. And second, this pair of Helm Railroad boots with a logger heel. There’s no busting through it!
Why are they your favorite?
Being a creature of habit is part of it. When something fits, I stick to it. But also, I find that the world is a big place, so any time I can make it small, connecting in a real way, good things happen. Even when it comes to buying a pair of shoes.
Where did you get them?
I bought the K Swiss on the Billy Reid website. I picked up the Helms at their old shop space on Cesar Chavez in Austin. Joshua laced them up for me himself. And I kinda remember measuring my foot on one of those old school metal devices. Am I making that up? (note- he’s not making that up, it’s an old Brannock Device we have!)
Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?
One night I was home alone and I thought I heard someone breaking in. Clawing at our door at like 2AM. I went to check it out and I grabbed one of the boots by the toes. It was the best weapon in the house. Turned out to be a raccoon snooping around our porch.
What sign are you?