Product & Quality Why do Thursdays cost so much less than other brands?
What makes Thursdays so comfortable?
Our footwear is handcrafted alongside similar products from other brands that charge you $300-800 per pair. Through responsive production, a lean business model, and long-term thinking, we’re able to make zero compromises in terms of quality materials, manufacturing, or business ethics and provide you a best-in-class product at a good price. We believe that offering you a great value is the foundation to long-term business success and is the right thing to do.
What type of leather do you use?
We build our footwear with your comfort in mind. Depending on the style, we use a variety of methods to ensure all-day comfort, including glove leather lining for a soft touch, cork bed midsoles that form to your feet over time, EVA foam comfort strips (used in athletic shoes) to provide shock absorption, and anti-fatigue steel shanks to provide arch support and additional stability. The end result is a comfortable footbed and a very smooth ride.
What should I wear my Thursdays with?
All of our leather starts with hides from the USA, France, or Italy. These premium selection hides are then tanned in North America or Italy at some of the most renowned tanneries in the world. Our two largest partners include the gold certified Le Farc tannery in Mexico and the world famous Horween tannery in Chicago. Le Farc was a finalist in the Americas region for the Tannery of the Year award in 2013 and is gold-certified for environmental sustainability by the Leather Working Group. Horween has been in operation since 1905 and is one of the best known tanneries in America. Aside from making the revered Chromexcel leather that we use, they are also the official leather provider to the NFL.
Is your footwear waterproof/water resistant?
We started Thursday to bring quality and versatility back to footwear. We put an enormous amount of effort into making footwear sophisticated enough for special occasions but still dependable enough for everyday wear. For some style ideas from other customers, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or check out our blog, and take a look at what our friends are posting using #thursdayboots!
What is Goodyear welt construction?
Our boots and shoes are water resistant and will keep your feet dry on typical rainy days, but we wouldn't recommend standing around in puddles in them. Products with welt construction feature a leather welt between the upper and the sole. This helps create a barrier against water entering the shoe (and makes them easily resoleable).
Note: Our suede products use the same top-tier construction methods and feature some added preventative protection; however, these leather types don't play as well with water, so we recommend trying to keep them dry.
What is WeatherSafe™ Suede?
Goodyear welting is the gold standard method for footwear construction, and used in only the top 1% of men’s shoes. It creates a virtually waterproof seal at the insole and makes your shoes completely resoleable. In a Goodyear welt, the thread is sewn through the welt, the upper, and the insole rib. Through a separate stitch, the welt is attached to the outsole. For both of these stitching points, a lockstitch is used. While it is time intensive and requires specific machinery, it prevents the stitch from unraveling if it breaks down at any particular point in the shoe. This means that with proper care, the Thursdays you buy today will last you for years to come.
While most of our men’s line features Goodyear welt construction, we also use Stitchout, Storm Welt, Veldtschoen, and Blake Stitch constructions. These construction methods are also resoleable and highly water-resistant.
For more information, check out our guide to Goodyear welt construction.
The product I want is sold out. What should I do and how often do you restock?
Soft and supple with surprising strength and longevity, it’s suede with an upgrade. Starting with natural suede from Tier 1 USA Cattle, the WeatherSafe™ collection features a blended solution of waterproof and hydrophobic compounds introduced to the leather at the start of the tanning process. This slower and more methodical approach allows the proprietary blend, rich in oils and waxes, to penetrate deep within the leather.
When introduced to water, a clathrate-like structure is created between the molecules of liquid water to reduce the surface area tension between the liquid and leather. In simpler terms, our WeatherSafe™ solution helps prevent water from penetrating into the leather.
While the effects are long-lasting, this is still natural suede we are talking about. We don’t want people to think there will not be some water absorption after standing in a puddle, trudging through snow, or the passing of time. The top-layers of the solution will be broken down after repetitive wear and exposure to liquids, especially alcohol.
One of the features we are most proud of is the maintenance of every characteristic of premium suede. We always hated being afraid to wear suede to a crowded venue or whenever we saw a rain cloud. We've been enjoying our WeatherSafe™ suede for a while now, and are excited to give people a chance to lace up their suede footwear with a little more confidence.
While our products can sell out fast, we regularly restock our products on a rolling basis. Though we aren't able to provide exact restock dates for individual styles, the best way to be notified of a restock is to join our waitlist for the size and style you want. This way, you will receive an email as soon as we receive them in stock! To do this, click the “Join Waitlist” button on the product page, sign up with your email, and we will automatically notify you when your pair is back in stock.