HELM Boots Newsletter: Behind the Design of the Nils Black


Published by HELM Boots on November 7th, 2019 11:10am. 6 views.



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Some say clothes make the man, we think it’s the boots. Our boots give men confidence from the ground up, confidence to take steps they’ve never taken before.
 
 

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Nils
Before You Use Your $50 Off

Or Go Straight to the Style Here

Sure, you could buy a pair of shoes and have them just be another style in your closet.


You could also get a pair with a story and know that every detail had a reason behind it - every feature chosen with a vision of where these shoes will bring you. Even better, when you keep getting asked where you got them, you can really sound like a pro. 

 

Get the Details from the Designer Himself, Joshua Bingaman
 

What kicked off this design?

I wanted to design a dressier shoe that was versatile enough to have a rugged sole. 

How is the finished product different from the original idea? 

The original idea was to have a last that was wider with a more rounded toe, but I actually went with the more tapered 415 last.  


When you started planning out the Nils, how did you imagine the shoe being worn? 

First off, with well-fitted pants, whether it be a suit, dress pants or just the right work or play chinos. Once I saw the first samples, I realized it was going to be just as much of a casual shoe with denim as the dress shoe I imagined. 

Did you take any inspiration from anywhere? 

A classic designer blucher boot meets old school brogues with the sole of a work boot/hiker.

What were some things you changed or traded out for better ideas later in the process?

I originally wanted to use some leathers that had sheen to them but not be quite as shiny as a patent leather or tuxedo shoe, so in finding this style of “box” leather, it balanced the idea from the original thought perfectly. Another thing was that I started with a larger, all rubber lug sole that ended up not giving it the profile I wanted. Later on I also added silver eyelets - not the original plan but they ended up giving it the perfect pop.

What do you think makes the Nils stand out the most?

It’s simple, clean and classic with just enough style to push, but not enough noise to shove. It’s a quieter staple that has a balance of elegance and noise. 

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