How do we design a boot with the comfort and versatility of a sneaker? is a question we have asked at HELM since the company began back in 2009. Ten years and countless production runs later, we find ourselves asking a new one: How do we design a sneaker with the longevity and sustainability of a boot?
From the thickness and grade of our hides, to the use of high quality and long-lasting soles, HELM sneakers marry the life of a heritage boot with the agility of your favorite athletic wear. We’re taking a different approach to sneaker construction, one that focuses on renewable materials in addition to enduring comfort. Here are just a few ways HELM is breaking away from the pack with our newest release.
What’s on the inside counts. HELM designs feature the same grade and type of leather on both the interior and the exterior. This extra detail offers increased structural integrity to the shoe while ensuring your footwear remains more odor-resistant with extended wear. Our uppers are composed of full-grain leather hides with superior thickness and sought after pull-up patina. From hardware to laces, every detail is carefully considered and vetted for durability.
All HELM products are handcrafted in small batches using traditional shoe-making techniques, passed down from generation to generation. We work exclusively with family owned and operated manufacturers. For our first sneaker collection, we charged this trusted network of craftspeople with creating a renewable design, finished with unmatched construction and comfort.
We believe you should never be replacing your footwear after one to two years of wear. That’s why all HELM styles are designed to last. We choose materials for longevity, from long-lasting rubber outsoles to full-grain leather uppers. Renewable fashion creates a positive impact for our environment by reducing waste, simultaneously passing along greater savings to you by increasing the value of your cost per wear. We build with leathers and high quality rubber soles that are going to last you through the years.
As a small team, we personally wear-test every HELM style prior to release. Our knowledgeable staff remains continuously mindful of best practices and products to safeguard your investment. Drop your pair of HELM by our Austin Flagship for a Curbside Conditioning service or schedule a Virtual Care Tutorial and receive one-on-one cleaning and leather care tutorials from the comfort of home. Whether you’re looking to find a customized fit or you just want to learn more about our materials, at HELM you can expect unmatched service and honest education from the friendliest team in Texas.