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WeSC Aleister Boots | Available Now

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Stockholm-based WeSC earned a reputation early on as one of the more forward-thinking collectives in streetwear, with an emphasis on clean designs, fueled in no small part by the deep ranks of artists, creatives, and "WeActivists" the label supported and promoted. And in the years since it's 1999 founding, the Swedish company has grown to keep pace with rapidly evolving Scandinavian fashion - the region has emerged as a surprisingly fertile ground for design-driven fashion. A case in point is the WeSC Aleister boot, which is now available for Winter 2011. Aesthetically, it riffs on the dual trends in mens winter footwear: hiking and workwear. But it's no Red Wing ripoff with a few D-Ring eyelets thrown on; WeSC have brought things together nicely by using a subdued - yet vaguely formal - color palette, which is helped greatly by a full-grain leather upper. A unique touch comes from a heel counter, done in a complimentary leather tone. And it's not all show; the Aleister boasts Italian construction and a solid Vibram sole - both of which are synonymous with quality boots. WeSC has only been doing footwear since 2010, but they're off to a great start. The boot is available from Sneakersnstuff now; check out images after the jump - these might be the perfect reasonably-priced alternative to a Diemme.