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—01. Inventory Item 010: Maine Guide Shoe.


—01. Custom Maine Guide Shoe design.
—02. Waterproof leather.
—03. Yuketen for Inventory Items heel stamp.
—04. Deadstock tiger camo cotton shoe bag.
—05. Vibram sole.
—06. 30 pairs made.


In the last year we've worked on a handful of collaborations that have all been interesting and exciting, but one of the companies we've really come to love and respect is Yuketen. It's been great to work with Yuki and Ryan, and also get to know them on a personal level, so creating a custom shoe together has been an incredible honor. Yuketen don't sell their products to many retailers, let alone do collaborative projects, so it's a very special one for us. Playing with one of their classic models, the Maine Guide Boot, we decided to bring back its unknown and basically unseen shorter brother, the Maine Guide Shoe. Using a waterproof leather, adjusting the height and taking off the heel loop, we came up with our perfect fall moccasin. They're sturdy and tough, but the leather is soft and functional. They are one of the best shoes I've ever owned and I couldn't be more excited about how they came out - thanks to Yuki, Ryan and the whole Meg Company team.

Issued: September 20th, 2010

Inventory Stockroom

Reader Comments (27)

Oh my god! They are just stunning.
What a fantastic shoe you have created!
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEgo
Jesus wept. These are absolutely epic.

*applies for mortgage*
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuperprecise
Wow, I think these look so good. The highlight, to me, is the height of the shoes which make for a very interesting feel to it. It's somewhat in between a normal shoe and an ankle boot. It makes you think, "I've seen something like this before but not quiet" and you can't really put a finger on it, which I think makes for a perfect shoe. Love it. Very very nice.
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHadi
great outcome
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandrea
Best Yuketen shoes I've seen, like that they're waterproof and don't have the fragile crepe sole. How much will these go for?
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
size 13?!
any chance? maybe a special order?
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbigfoot
Great job on this one, guys. Didn't even know the guide shoe existed. Love this take on it, especially since you get the same great detail on the boot.
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick
How's the sizing on these compared to Quoddy? The Maliseet Oxford you guys ran from last year, in particular...
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason
How is the size compared to the ranger mocs?
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
The sizing is consistent with both Yuketen and Quoddy across the board from my experience. They did turn out amazing and they feel great with no socks, and with socks. People have begun pre-ordering them so I would recommend doing that if you really want a pair. They are $480.

Thanks for all of the nice comments. They are definitely one of my favorite products to come out, and to work with Yuketen is really special.
September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms
I kind of wish I didn't already have the ranger mocs, they feel to similar for me to purchase a pair..or..
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergjest
Will there only be these 30 pairs?
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergjest
an achievement! love the brown leather and its waterproof. you guys and Yuketen definitely made something special here. I just got my INVENTORY everybit of it.
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrillington & Brothers
@ nick
The main guide shoe didn't exist. That's what this collaboration has created. And a great collaboration is it.
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmmar
Smiling inside and out. Well done!
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel
These are insane..
Awesome job guys.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason J
Hmf, they look even better when I see all the images from the stockroom. But too late, sold out in my size. Hopefully one day though..
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergjest
@ Ammar

I'm afraid that is incorrect. The Maine guide shoe was shown at trade shows in June and it is available to all Yuketen accounts next season. It comes with a pull at the back, i doubt it will be waterproof.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S
At John S: well actually he's right. They did not exist. And currently do not exist other than this collaboration. They will however, as you pointed out, exist next season. Only with a pull tab and a few other differences maybe.

I guess Yuketen realized they'd be on to a good thing making these a staple.

Which is good for those of us who missed out in getting a pair during the 12 hours they were available in any normal sizes!
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.S
so good gents! respect
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMOA
Do please clear this up for me. Was this shoe made specially by Yuketen at the request of Inventory like the Update entry suggests or was it a shoe already in the pipeline for S/S11 that Inventory seen and asked to have a few changes made.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.A.
^The shoe had actually been sampled for the SS10 season they weren't really shown, they still had a couple kinks and nobody had bought them. We started working with it then. The height was adjusted, the loop was taking off, we used the waterproof leather and a couple other small specific things. Then Yuketen brought it back in some different leathers without some of our changes for SS11.
September 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms
there are almost as many comments as the amount of shoes made. correlation?
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentern.s.
Too much stictching perhaps, the ranger moc has a cleaner and better design, but good that it's waterproof and quite high
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterm.m.
I demand you make some more of these.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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