The Danner Ridge Boot next to a fishing rod

The Ridge & River Collection

Taylor Stitch x Danner

In 1932, Charles Danner opened the doors of his small business in the logging town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. A man of unshakeable values and staunch work ethic, Charles aimed to outfit local loggers with high-quality boots at an affordable price. Charles called his company Danner Shoe Mfg., a name that would spend the next ninety years earning a global reputation and changing the game in American-made footwear.

By 1936, the great depression was in full swing, but as the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” so Charles moved his boot business to Portland, Oregon, in pursuit of a booming West Coast logging industry. There, his “calked boots” (logging boots with spiked soles) sold for a then considerable $20, but local tradesmen were happy to pay it.

By the 1960s, John and Bill had taken over their father’s operation and partnered with a then-fledgling company called W.L. Gore & Associates, later known as GORE-TEX. That forward-thinking initiative allowed them to build the lightest weight hiking boot on the market, the legendary 6490 Boot.

Today, Danner is as committed as ever to creating the world’s best boots, employing stringent quality control safeguards at their Portland manufacturing house, and leveraging ongoing partnerships with GORE-TEX and Vibram to repeatedly change the game in the world of rugged footwear.

As they say, “the proof is in the pudding,” and in this case, the proverbial pudding is their iconic Danner Ridge. Featuring a GORE-TEX waterproof liner, Vibram outsole, and distinctly Danner rebuildable craftsmanship, The Danner Ridge is a modern hiking boot with roots stretching back ninety years.

Model in The Organic Cotton Tee in Coastal Trail The Venture Jacket in Painted Camo Waxed Canvas on the ground A house across the sea in Portland, Maine Model wearing The Sidecountry Sweater in Coffee Heather Waffle Merino

As both like-minded contemporaries and avid fans of the Danner brand, we couldn’t wait to hit the drawing board with their team on a run of incredible gear built to get off the beaten path and (much like Charles himself did) blaze a trail of your own.

The Ridge & River Collection is an ode to the man who started it all and a continuation of his uncompromising ethos.  Namely, sticking to your guns and doing things the right way, not the easy way. 

The Danner Ridge Boot in Painted Camo
Model walking in The Danner Ridge Boot
Lines of rope on a dock

First, we put our heads together on a fresh interpretation of The Danner Ridge, leaning on their pitch-perfect design while applying some Taylor Stitch spice with the addition of an organic cotton waxed canvas from Halley Stevensons and a handsome Painted Camo finish.

We only made 75 pairs of The Danner Ridge, so we poured over every detail to ensure that the lucky folks who snagged a pair had a truly unique boot on their hands. The leathers are TS x Danner exclusives, they’re fully recraftable, and they’re built in the USA to the highest standards of craftsmanship, so they’ll still be around long after you’ve put in for retirement.

In addition to cooking up a set of boots that’ll outlive the wearer, we’ve crafted a special collection of clothing that combines our penchant for reviving heritage silhouettes with Danner’s dedication to serving the outdoorsmen of today.

Explore everything The Ridge & River Collection has to offer and join our efforts to follow in the footsteps of an American legend (hopefully in a brand new set of boots).

Model wearing thr TS x Danner styles

Taylor Stitch x Danner

  • The Danner Ridge Boot in Painted Camo - featured imageThe Danner Ridge Boot in Painted Camo - featured imageArchive
    The Danner Ridge Bootin Painted Camo
  • The Sidecountry Sweater in Heather Coffee Merino Waffle - featured imageThe Sidecountry Sweater in Heather Coffee Merino Waffle - featured imageArchive
    The Sidecountry Sweaterin Heather Coffee Merino WaffleXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Venture Jacket in Painted Camo Waxed Canvas - featured imageThe Venture Jacket in Painted Camo Waxed Canvas - featured imageArchive
    The Venture Jacketin Painted Camo Waxed CanvasXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
  • The Organic Cotton Tee in Coastal Trail - featured imageThe Organic Cotton Tee in Coastal Trail - featured imageArchive
    The Organic Cotton Teein Coastal TrailXS - 36S - 38M - 40L - 42XL - 44XXL - 46
Illustration of the Golden Gate Bridge seen through pine trees
Here’s to you, Charles.

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