COBRA SOCIETY’S sophomore collection of designer boots, loafers and handbags, combines modern geometric shapes with the beauty and functionalism of traditional, hand-crafted artistry.
THE BOOT COLLECTION: Three different boot heights: a bootie –the Otto-, a mid calf –the Alcazar-, and an over the knee –the Zeus. A generous, slouchy, feminine shaped shaft is paired with a 2 inch/5 cm stacked leather heel. The Jasper wedge boot with a 3 1/3 inch/8.5 cm stacked wood and leather soled wedge. The Canon boot with a 3 1/3 inch/8.5 cm stacked leather heel. There are no zippers, and each boot comes adorned with an antiqued Cobra Society charm fashioned from an original found in a Moroccan Souk.
THE LOAFER COLLECTION: The Najet for women and the Stewy for men. A classic with a Moroccan twist—a one inch/2 cm heel with a brass toe piece for women, or an antiqued cobra charm for men.
THE HANDBAG COLLECTION: Three handbags made of the finest kid leather: The Louise clutch with brass pipe custom handle; the small and large Tangier with Moroccan kilim trim and signature Cobra latch and tassel.
CONSTRUCTION: Cobra Society boots are almost entirely hand made. The hand woven Moroccan Kilim and Tapestries and the Good Year Welted sole are qualities that make a beautiful, custom fitting boot. Each pair of Cobra Society boots is unique and will vary slightly due to the hand made nature of the textile and construction.
KILIM and TAPESTRIES – Due to the natural dyes and hand weaving used to create the kilim/tapestries, the color, pattern, and texture will vary from pair to pair. This unique, woven fabric that constitutes the shaft of the boot has the stiffness to keep the boots’ architectural shape, and the flexibility to be worn pushed down in a slouchy style. It’s a personal choice for a personalized fit.
GOOD YEAR WELT – A rarely practiced, classic construction method focused on comfort and quality. Your boots should last a lifetime. The key to Good Year Welted construction is the layer of cork that lies between the insole and the leather outsole, which are sewn together. This cork molds to your foot with time, creating a custom fit. A sewn upper and outsole means there are no glued seams to come apart. By replacing the rubber heelpiece regularly, your boots will last for generations.
LEATHER/NUBUCK – Because of the nature and quality of the skins selected by Cobra Society, each pair of boots will be unique. Natural marks and variations in shade will vary from pair to pair. Due to the high quality of our Italian and Spanish leather/Nubuck, it is less resistant to harsh and wet conditions.
FIT: Cobra Society boots are built to fit. Much like your favorite pair of jeans, they will begin to fit you and only you. The unique cork foot bed of the Good Year Welt construction will mold to your foot as you wear them. The more you wear them, the better they fit. Over time they will become uniquely yours with a custom feel. We recommend sizing up vs. sizing down for those who are in-between whole sizes, as the leather upper will not stretch significantly.
TRYING ON & TAKING OFF: Cobra Society recommends the following when trying to find the right boots for you.
STOCKINGS – Try on with the type of sock, stocking, or tights that you anticipate wearing the boots with in order to determine the correct size.
FIT – When trying on, be mindful of pulling on the top of the boot as the leather trim is not meant for this. Pull on the shaft of the boot if the fit is snug. If you are in between our whole sizes, Cobra Society recommends sizing up, as the leather upper will not stretch significantly to accommodate the difference.
HEEL SLIPPAGE – When walking in the boot your heel will slip slightly until the cork foot bed of the Good Year Welted sole molds to your foot. After which, the slippage should decrease over time.
STYLING – The method of construction used in creating the kilim shaft allows the Alcazar and Zeus boots to be worn in either a stiff or slouch style. In addition, the larger leather cuff on the Zeus can be worn in an upright or turned down position, creating distinctly different silhouettes.
TAKING OFF (BOOTJACK) – Each retailer will be equipped with a Cobra Society bootjack to help with taking the boots off. Simply slide the heel of the boot into the bootjack while standing with your other foot firmly in the center of the bootjack and lift with your heel. Your heel should slip right out while the boot remains in the bootjack.
TAKING OFF (BOOTJACK-LESS) – Pull up, not out, from the back of the heel while seated and the boot should come off slowly. Do not step on the back of the heel to take off, as this will shorten the life of the boot.
**Bootjacks will be available for purchase at THECOBRASOCIETY.COM **
CARE INSTRUCTION: Cobra Society boots will age beautifully, gaining a wonderful patina if cared for and respected. Only use leather professionals to treat, clean, and condition your Nubuck and leather uppers. Only use qualified cobblers or shoe repair stores to replace the rubber heelpiece. For daily care we recommend:
KILIM and TAPESTRIES – Made with extreme care using natural dyes, which are sealed by a strong organic compound to avoid running of the color. Please use mild soap and water to clean the Kilim/Tapestry fabric gently and avoid soiling the leather/Nubuck upper.
LEATHER – A shoe brush will generally remove most dried dirt, mud, or other residue from the leather.
NUBUCK – Light markings and stains can generally be removed using a suede or Nubuck eraser. From our experience, we recommend Tacco’s Nubuck eraser and brush.
HEEL – Replace the rubber heelpiece after normal wear, preventing erosion of the actual heels.
INCLEMENT WEATHER – We do not recommend wearing Cobra Society boots in extreme inclement weather. However, due to the natural dying process kilim color should not run if momentarily exposed. In addition, our leather/Nubuck is less resistant to harsh conditions than regular leather. Please be mindful when wearing them as they may be permanently stained. Avoid salty conditions at all times.
Please visit THECOBRASOCIETY.COM with questions or concerns regarding the fit or care of your Cobra Society boots.