Monday, May 30, 2016


"Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it." - Pete Hegseth

Saturday, May 28, 2016


I've been searching high an low for an early pair of overalls, but nothing ever pops up in my size -- they're always ten sizes too large in the waist or about ten inches too short on the inseam. I considered some of the many reproduction brands from Japan, but have been too lazy to go through the proxy process (I use Japan Auction Agency). Then, while cruising the web, I ran across a pair of 1920's LVC Lot.66 on sale at Hudsons Hill for only $175. Through research, I knew these came big, so I snagged the last 28x34 (actual 30" waist). There's still a 34x34 (36" waist?), so I recommend snagging these right up.

Anyway, I just wanted to shed light on this awesome shop. I poked around the entire site and they carry some top shelf pieces ... "goods with a purpose" as they say. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina and quick to ship (I received my order just three days from placing my order), I highly recommend this shop -- Like me, you might find a thing or two not found anywhere else at a price you jsut can't pass up.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Christophe Loiron
"Mister Freedom"
26 May 1978

Yep, you heard right ... 1978. He's that old. Most would guess 1980 ... 1981, but no. He's over the hill alright ;)


Brand: Sears Roebuck and Co.
Model: Wearmaster
Circa: Late 1950’s – mid-1960's
Color: Black
Size: "9"
Length: 11 1/5"
Width: 4"
Soles: Full Composition
Leather: Oil-Tanned Cowhide
Hardware: Brass

Sold by Seller #1: $325.00

Sold by Seller #2: Best offer from $1,500

I haven’t featured any vintage boots lately as the market has been extremely lacking in anything worth noting. My friend Warren is always good about sending me links to boots of interest, so let’s talk about this pair of Sears Wearmasters.  

Advertised by the original auctioneer as dating back to the 1950’s, he/she was definitely in the ball park -- second seller pitched them as “1940’s 50’s.” It’s worth mentioning; however, that at a minimum, they most likely came out during the latter part of the 1950’s and as late as the mid-1960’s. There are just differences, albeit minimal, that set these apart (for me) and defines the line between a two-hundred dollar and a thousand dollar pair of Vintage Engineer Boots. I would definitely pay decent money for a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle over a 1974 model any day -- Same body style, yet things like head and tail lights, sleeker body and other “small” things collectors key in on can make or break the deal. The same thing applies with Engineers. 

The profile is okay, but I don't get that visceral reaction with these like I would with say a pair from the late 1940's or early 1950's.

Notice the unusually large triangle stitching on the upper strap as compared to the narrow vertical rectangle of those found on older models. I’m not the biggest fan of full composition soles. I wouldn’t kick it out of bed, but given the option I’d go half-sole almost all the time. 

It appears the new seller accepted a best offer from the optimistic starting bid of $1,500. For these boots, I wouldn’t pay any more than what the second seller snagged them for. Anything over five bills and you’re just getting into the territory of the many homage boots available today. Don’t get me wrong. I lovez me some vintage leather, but today’s companies are making the decision to go vintage that much more difficult.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Those starched covers!! Circa 1969.


Monday, May 16, 2016


It's been ages since my last giveaway, so I figured it's about that time to thank my loyal readers and fellow Engineer Boot enthusiasts. 

Details below on how to win this handcrafted VEB Leather Trucker Wallet made with Horween CXL Horsehide leather and using only the best materials. As always, my leather pieces are made the old fashioned way -- by hand -- using no machines, fancy templates or leather cutting dies.

Giveaway Rules:
1. Head on over to my Instagram giveaway post here (
2. Must be a follower of my page.
3. Like the post by hitting the ♥.
4. Repost with hashtag #VEBWalletGiveaway, tagging (3) friends.

That's it! Steps 2-4 each count as an entry, so your name can/will be entered multiple times for a greater possibility of winning.

**Giveaway will run through 27 May with the winner announced on Saturday, 28 May 2016.

**Must be 18+ with a U.S. mailing address.






Bogie and Bacall with a Marine Captain, circa 1945.


Saturday, May 14, 2016


Happy birthday to the most talented bootmaker I know!! A super great guy to boot!

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I picked up these amazing Horsehide White's Semi-Dress boots with cap toe from my buddy, Michael, over a year ago and they haven't been worn much since they're a hair too big for me. My loss is someone else's gain.

They've been cleaned and conditioned with only the best (at least what I consider the best) leather product on the market -- Pecard Antique Leather Dressing. These boots are rugged and built to last. Here are the particulars:

Brand: White's
Model: Semi-dress
Leather: Brown Horsehide with leather lining
Heel: Standard
Hardware: Antique
Condition: Excellent Used with many years left
Size: Marked 7 1/2D (go off measurements below to be sure)
Measurements (approximate):
Length (heel against wall to furthest point forward): 11 3/4"
Width (Widest part of sole at the ball): 4 9/16"
Price: $325 shipped, including tracking/insurance

US buyers ONLY via PayPal and no returns, so please know your size. Leave a COMMENT on my Instagram if interested.

Patina around the eyelets were intentionally left there, because I love the way it looks with these rugged boots. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I'm going to put some miles on the soles before posting a review, but until then I can't stop looking at photos of 'em fresh outta the box. 


Monday, May 2, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This just in ...

My latest Marlon Brando-style "Stanley" belt made with solid brass hardware. Interested in a custom VEB Leather piece? Check out my Etsy shop or hit me up at


Monday, April 25, 2016


Albert King Nelson
25 April 1923 - 21 December 1992

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." - Albert King


Medal of Honor Presentation, 15 June 1945:  The uniformed Medal of Honor recipients are, left to right: Marine Major Everett P. Pope, Army PFC Gino J. Merli, Marine PFC Luther Skaggs, Jr., and Marine Lieutenant Carlton R. Rouh. In the background are General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff; Marine Corps Commandant, General Alexander A. Vandegrift, and Navy Secretary James V. Forrestal.