It might not be the official start of the new year, but for loads of people, fall means a fresh start. There’s something so rejuvenating about the cooler weather, which is why it’s a great time to give your wardrobe a pick-me-up. Still, craftsmanship, quality and detail should be at the forefront of your mind as you shop for new fall essentials. Cue We the Free, the in-house line from Free People.
This line of clothing and shoes is heritage-inspired, designed to feel lived-in and thoughtfully crafted for creative spirits. In other words, while they’re easy to style and comfortable to wear, you won’t find anything run-of-the-mill here. The jeans are on-trend and well made, the tops are unlike anything else in your closet and the boots are handcrafted in a family-run factory in Portugal (using leather that’s been tanned with natural pigments, like tree bark). Every detail you see is crafted with intention.
It’s not just about style, though; it’s also about sustainability. Some We the Free boots have a “Care FP” stamp on them, meaning they were consciously created in a small, family run factory in Portugal. Most uppers and linings for We the Free Care FP Boots are vegetable tanned, which is a process that uses vegetable based dyes rather than metal based tanning practices. Any leathers that are not tanned by the vegetable dye practice are made in a closed loop facility where the water is purified at the end of the making process. The brand aims to do better every single day, which includes reducing its impact, leaving a positive imprint on the community and being more thoughtful about its partners, manufacturing processes, shipping practices and designs.
Check out a few We the Free favorites below, which feature bold patterns, quality materials and styles that are actually worthy of your fall refresh. (And, as always, Free People offers free standard shipping and returns on all orders!)
Pull-On Corduroy Flare ($78; freepeople.com)
Get all of that vintage style without any of the discomfort. These flare pants may be made with flattering corduroy in your choice of over 20 colors, but they pull right on for a stretchy, clasp-free fit that actually moves with you. They also have seaming throughout for added shape and functional pouch pockets in the back. “These cord flares are so comfortable and cute,” one reviewer raves. “Haven’t taken them off since they arrived.”
CRVY High-Rise Vintage Straight Jeans ($78; freepeople.com)
Straight-leg jeans don’t have to look boxy, and these CRVY high-rise vintage jeans are proof. They fit in all the right places, thanks to their soft, semi-stretch denim that’s redefined with your shape in mind. They also come in five different washes, all with unhemmed ankles for a lived-in look.
We The Free Wesley Ankle Boots ($288; freepeople.com)
“I’ve been looking for a good daily boot for a while and fell in love with how effortless these look!” one reviewer writes about We the Free’s Wesley ankle boots. Another raves, “Amazingly comfortable boots. So many compliments.” They’re Western-inspired with a square pointed toe, hand-stitched detailing and a contrast sole, but they’re still shockingly accessible, thanks to their zipper closure and eight color options.
We The Free Montage Tall Boots ($298; freepeople.com)
Make a serious statement with these Montage tall boots. They’re made from distressed leather in your choice of eight colors, and each pair was crafted in Portugal in a small, family-run factory. Pull them on and walk out the door; the cushioned insole will keep you comfortable all day long, even though the Western-inspired style is anything but basic.
We The Free Canyon Lace-Up Boots ($398; freepeople.com)
Shoppers are in love with these Canyon lace-up boots, which are unique, comfortable, edgy and versatile all at once. Among their great features, you’ll find hand-stitched detailing, a studded sole, a stacked heel and a pointed toe. Wear them with everything from jeans to dresses.