Our Boots: About Hutton Playtime & Hutton Type 01 Desert Boots


The Hutton Playtime

Handmade in Italy from the finest reverse calf suede and plantation crepe, our Playtime - just like the original Hutton Playtime - is unlined for superior comfort.

Unlike the original, the unique sole construction allows us to present a boot that is lighter, more flexible and instantly comfortable from the first wearing.

Shoe makers usually line shoes for two reasons. The first is to make the shoes more sturdy for wear. The second is to hide the fact that the leathers they are using - especially when it’s suede - are inferior.

But shoe linings make shoes stiffer and also mean they need hours of walking before your feet can ‘break them in’.

As we all know sneakers don’t need breaking in and that’s why the move towards comfort and away from traditional heavy leather soled shoes has been irreversible over the last decades.

If you take a regular pair of suede boots that are unlined, you will find the reverse (the inside of the boot) usually has a kind of pressed, flat look.

This is a technique that disguises the fact that the leather is soaked, expanded and then horizontally split into layers of ‘suede’. True reverse calf uses superior high quality hides that would normally be used for the highest grade leather shoes made by the world’s top makers.

Why would we use the most expensive leathers available if we use the suede side - or rough out as it's sometimes called? Because for Hutton, quality is everything. We wanted stepping into our Playtime chukkas to feel like putting on a luxury pair of cashmere lined gloves.

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Hutton Type 01 Desert Boots Limited Edition Deadstock Acorn Sand

In January 2016 we released our Acorn Sand Type 01 desert boot in super limited numbers. These boots were made in Italy the way the desert boots used to be made, super high quality. We sold out in 24 hours.

In Sept 2000, we ran a survey from our existing customers to see if they wanted a new pair of the original Acorn Sand colour. Based on the response, we created the Deadstock Acorn Sand.

Why deadstock? The Italian tannery that made this suede closed its doors some time ago. So this run is the last that can be made in this iconic colour.

We already started shipping the pre ordered pairs, but we have a few extras in some sizes available today.

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FAQs About Our Products

How Does Your Sizing Work?

Please refer to our size chart for comparisons with UK/USA/Japanese sizes.

Why Are Hutton Boots 'Limited Edition' Only?

Our boots will always be produced in very limited quantities and are individually number-tagged for authenticity.

Our target market is limited and so, by definition, are our production runs. Once we are sold out of a particular model, size or colour, that's it for that production run.

In future runs we will offer different specifications of colour and materials, but always highly limited.

Our first production run of our Type 01 Desert Boot in Acorn Sand with Natural Yellow Crepe sole, for instance, was limited to exactly 100 numbered pairs.

Where Are Your Boots Made?

All our boots are handmade in Italy at a hundred year old family-owned factory where they've made desert boots since the 1960s.

Why Are Your Desert Boots More Expensive Than Some Well Known Brands?

At Hutton, we refuse to compromise on quality.

We don't have a huge overhead for marketing, but instead choose to allocate the budget where we think it matters most: on premium materials and production.

Our boots are hand-made in Italy using locally sourced materials, by workers who are on full contracts.

The cost of producing shoes in Italy is one of the highest in the world, but the Italians have a unique heritage when it comes to shoemaking and especially desert boots. And we really think it's worth the extra cost to support this tradition of 'slow boots'.

All of our materials are responsibly sourced. We use expensive, vegetable tanned leather that doesn't require heavy metals, such as chrome, in the process. All the solvents used to make the boots are water-based, and doesn't poison the factory workers.

Even the stitching on every pair is made from cotton sourced from the same region as our factory.

What Does 'Slow Boots' Mean?

You've probably heard of the Italian 'Slow Food' movement. It's a back to basics movement which prizes ingredients and provenance over and above mass produced and fast food.

Well, our boots are made the same way - slowly, locally, by hand and with real love.

Can I Get My Hutton Desert Boots Repaired?

Crepe soles can be easily repaired by any good quality shoe repairer who uses crepe.

The beauty of crepe is that it's a living material and new crepe can be bonded onto old crepe simply through using heat. Old soles can be scoured by your shoe repairer and new crepe added.

Hutton boots are so well made* and of such timeless and simple construction that we feel sure they'll last you for many years to come.

*We're so sure of this that we provide a lifetime warranty against defective materials and workmanship.

How Do I Know What Size To Order?

Because we only sell a small number of boots we can be very accurate about our sizing. You can see our size chart here.

If in doubt, it's worth sizing up one and wearing thicker socks with your desert boots.

Unlike slip on shoes, desert boots have some flexibility with sizing - a little tight and you can be sure they'll stretch a little with wear.

A little large and you can easily wear them with thicker socks just like they did in the 60s.

How Do I Protect The Suede?

Desert boots are really utility footwear, made to be used and abused. However, if you want to preserve that 'boxfresh' look for as long as possible, you can use a suede protector such as Scotchgard® or WOLY.

When spraying your boots, remove the laces beforehand and begin spraying into the air and then move the boots into the spray. This helps to avoid blotches or spots that can show up on lighter colour suede when spraying protector from a can.

Otherwise, use a good quality suede brush. The best ones are made of crepe and rubber with all kinds of different surfaces to help get the desert dust and city grime off your boots. The very worst ones are made with brass bristles than can tear the surface of the leather, so avoid using those.