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Dead Denis

Saint Denis got beheaded 1700 years ago. And according to legend he picked his head up of the ground and walked ten kilometres while giving a sermon.

And this boot goes out to you Denis, because that is pretty cool if you ask me.

Martin Eriksson



northern lights

Every boot carries an etched emblem of Denis on the side.

So the headless saint is still out there, walking, and for some reason that brings me joy.

Most pictures have blank placeholders in this etchings place however, please have that in mind.

They are handmade. Mostly in


All leathers used are from Italian tanneries that offers high quality leathers.


The construction is a storm welt [Goodyear welt + Storm guard] and if you do not know what that means, it means that they are really good and repairable.

Most of them will be stitched by a small factory in Italy and I will make as many as I can from my own workshop here in Torne Valley. 

The boot comes in two versions. Firstly Duotone with "Arctic Grip."

Vibram Arctic Grip is a state-of-the-art technology intent on changing winter footwear and it represents the most advanced cold-weather gripping system Vibram has ever created.


The Vibram Arctic Grip technology is entirely rubber material without addition of metal components or inserts and represents a new approach to the grip on icy surfaces

(specifically on wet ice).

A side effect of older age is that grand adventures are few and far apart.

And to be honest this is probably not a boot for Nepal,but for any other occasion it is.

They have features from hiking boots and are well suited for day hikes in an alpine environment.


And they are essentially a slimmed down hiking boot made to be worn with jeans in a more urban environment. But they are built so that you take them wherever you need.

I should know, because this is how test all my shoes in the arctic sludge:

They have zero membranes or modern technology so they are as cool as boots can be. Which means that you can take them to a restaurant on a snowy day without suffering from scolding feet the rest of the night. And they are water resistant, but not waterproof.

It is a boot for us that goes to Iceland but instead of climbing a glacier we end up staring out at the cold atlantic after two beers and while facing the icy atlantic wind we whisper:


- I think I will take a hot bath when I get back to the hotel, I am pretty cold now.

Designed for living conditions resembling those of Scandinavia.

Version two is Monotone and are made to be used on the back streets of the public space.

Because the backside is so much much more interesting then the well lit facades.

As an avid photographer this is the just a dandy of a boot since I want both something stylish together with the option of running around in puddles looking for those lesser known framings. Goodyear welted, water resistant, resoleable.

A fine shoe.

A studded Vibram sole is used on the monotone. It is a sole design popularised in England made for not bringning in to much dirt into your office when you are running around on often wet streets.

Everything that comes from Vemödalen is handmade and durable. My workshop is populated by a couple of machines and me, nothing more. And the factory in Italy is a small one that is run by big o´l Italian Papa and his daughter.

And that is important for me. Because you can feel it. You can feel it in the gut.

Alone I can only make so many pairs per week which is the reason I have to have some external production. Otherwise they would be a luxury item with a price tag much to high for most and that is something I don't necessarily care much for.

Vemödalen Boots in pictures




It has been a few strange years.

Read my story on Imgur and look at a whole lot of pictures.


 If you want to know more about how I test the boots you can open a new window right here.