Innovative Design with a Conscience

Discovery Lace-Up Boot


Item# SF3918
$425.00 $249.97


  • Select Color 3918 Cognac

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  • Innovative, modern lace-up boot, sustainably designed
  • Eight-eyelet lace-to-toe boot with contrast heel detail
  • Dress casual style, perfect any way you wear it
  • Relaxed fit, slightly roomy feel


  • 360º Goodyear welted construction
  • Natural rubber & recycled content blend insole & board
  • Biodegradable toe box & counter
  • XL Extralight Sustainble+ sole made with recycled content
  • Craft

  • Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported materials
  • Premium vegetable tanned leather upper with chrome free & metal free suede details
  • Built on the 1757 Last
  • Soft leather lining
  • Recraftable
  • Care

    Leather Care Instructions

    STEP 1: Using a damp cloth or sponge, lather our Saddle Soap and apply onto leather to clean and restore its natural oils.

    STEP 2: Moisturize the shoes with our Cream Polish to make them supple and soft, following instructions on the product.

    STEP 3: Condition the shoes with our Speed Polish, protecting them from dirt, rain and snow.

    STEP 4: Take our Heel dressing applicator and apply to the edge of the heel and sole.

    STEP 5: Apply our Leather Lotion as needed for added protection and polish in between cleanings. Use our Horsehair Shine Brush to buff shoes to a desired shine.

    Suede/Nubuck Care Instructions

    STEP 1: Thoroughly remove stains using our Suede and Nubuck Cleaning System, following the instructions on the box.

    STEP 2: Take our Heel Dressing applicator and press against the edge of the heels and soles.

    STEP 3: Once the material has dried, spray our Water Protector over the surface of the shoes and let dry.


    Relaxed Fit

    The relaxed fit has added space in the toe box. This extra room allows for thicker socks and foot expansion that occurs at the end of the day or during a long flight.

    U.S. E.U. U.K.
    5 38 4
    5.5 38.5 4.5
    6 39 5.5
    6.5 39.5 6
    7 40 6.5
    7.5 41 7
    8 41.5 7.5
    8.5 42 8
    9 43 8.5
    9.5 43.5 9
    10 44 9.5
    10.5 44.5 10
    11 45 10.5
    11.5 45.5 11
    12 46 11.5
    12.5 47 12
    13 48 12.5
    14 49 13
    15 50 14
    16 50.5 15

    For help getting the perfect fit, we recommend you visit a retail store to get your feet fitted. If you do not have the option to visit one of our stores, you may contact customer service to help you choose the right size.

    Width Available Sizes
    AAAA 8.5-16 Narrow
    AAA 10-12, 13, 14
    AA 10-12, 13, 14
    A 9-12, 13, 14
    B 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    C 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    D 6-13, 14, 15, 16 Medium
    E 6-12, 13, 14
    EE 6-12, 13
    EEE 7-12, 13, 14 Wide
    Discovery Collection

    We wanted to do more, be more adaptable, more mindful and create sustainably designed shoes and boots that were more comfortable.


    Welted construction allows for restoration and refurbishing of your favorite shoe, which minimizes waste to landfills nationwide.

    • Biodegradable toe box and counter.
    • Vegetable tanned leathers and chrome free/metal free suedes.
    • Recycled content soles.
    • Natural rubber/recycled content insole board and (ISO-certified Poron) insole foam.
    • Silver LWG certified leather linings.

    How to wear it


    We believe making a great pair of shoes or boots is a long-term commitment. That’s why we construct our styles with handcrafted bench welts, ensuring our experts can rebuild your footwear and you can count on years of exceptional wear.

    Our recrafting service saves over 70,000 pairs of shoes from landfills each year.

    From refinishing the uppers to replacing the soles, we offer a full range of packages for extending the lifespan of our timeless designs.

    Ask & Answer
    Discovery Lace-Up Boot is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable and rugged chic It took 3 tries to get a pair that is not defective, the first two times the boots' tongues were stitched too far to the left, anybody else would have given up after the second pair, but liked the way they looked and feel of the soles when I took some steps. These are excellent boots made of superior leather, and I can say that they are the lightest, most comfortable casual boots that I own.
    Date published: 2021-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If this casual boot had eyelets for the last three or four lace holes, the boot would be perfect The boot fit is perfect; i like the finger loop on the top back as it makes slipping them on when the laces are set. Awesome
    Date published: 2021-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really a great value since I caught a sale I have seen reviews that complained that the finger pull strap on the back of the boot was easy to tear loose so I try not to use when putting on the boots; means you have to have laces loose enough without your having to pull too hard on the finger pull on back of boot. Have three pairs of AE boots going back 23 years.
    Date published: 2021-03-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks good, wears differently than other AE footwear I have been spoiled by previous purchases and while these look great, they are cramped in the toe box for me and the boot string is short. I expect they will break in over time but for now it is short wear periods and carrying another pair of shoes to change into when these begin to impact the quality of the day.
    Date published: 2021-03-24
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    I'm concerned about the Biodegradable toe box & counter. What is the lifespan of these elements and would these be replaced during a recraft service?

    Asked by: John M
    The Discovery collection is eco-friendly and the counters are made from biodegradable material that is designed to last as long as traditional components. We have not received any issues regarding the counters. They are permanent components and not replaceable. Thank you for your question!
    Answered by: CONSUMER CARE
    Date published: 2021-08-21

    Why do you have so many bad reviews? I’m hesitant on buying your boots.

    Asked by: Anonymous
    We are excited to learn that you're interested in the Discover boots. Please know that everyone's experience with our shoes are not going to be same due to a persons foot shape and other variables. We would love for you to try this boot. Also, keep in mind that we have a 90 return policy.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2021-02-18

    Ridge inside the forefoot

    Do these boots have the leather seam inside, where it rubs the top of the foot just rearward of the toes? My Daltons have this problem so I want to avoid boots with that design.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I read this before my recent purchase of two pairs of boots; I see what others were speaking of but I have not had a problem. Noticed initially and loosened laces a little over instep and have not had a problem. Was quite happy that I had no problem after wearing boots briefly.
    Answered by: Austin
    Date published: 2021-08-21

    Is it still possible to get boots custom fit in a narrower width?

    I have had boots custom made in the past and want to know if it is still possible. There are two that I am interested in and they are 3907 Snuff Brown along with 3918 Cognac but I wear an A width.
    Asked by: Rooster
    Unfortunately, we no longer offer custom sizes. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause! -AE Consumer Care Dept.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2020-10-12
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