Adding to his extensive list of fine footwear, his current offering is made with a desireable Horween Chromexcel in Natural. I'd say these are the icing on the cake, but let's not get ahead of ourselves - John is sure to suprise us in the future with more from his bag o' tricks.
Hands down, Chippewa made the best-looking Vintage Engineer Boots around. From the profile to the hardware to their choice of Cowhide leather, these are clearly in a league of their own.
Like a fine wine, these boots look better and better with age and are worth every single penny; however, be sure the hard-earned money spent on beauties like these are based on history, branding and style ... and not the false hopes that these were ever made with Horsehide leather.
Described as “1940’s,” these mid-to-late 1950’s Engineer Boots are nothing to write home about. They possess no striking patina or profile that would prompt me to pay $650, especially with the handful of available homage boots in the ball park price range steadily saturating the market. At best, I’d pay no more than three bills even though they easily could have been pulled from a Penney’s catalog – No tag? Then it didn’t happen.
The Real McCoy's version of the original Harley-Davidson 1938 aviator jacket, Mister Freedom's Road Champ Engineer Boots and Horsehide Greaser Cap, 1940's workwear denim by Zack Vargas and VEB Leather custom Buco style Saf-T-Flash belt.
Feliz Cumpleaños, señior Edward D. Wood Jr (10 October 1924).
I grew up strictly watching old flicks, but it was Tim Burton's film with Depp that turned me on to this gentleman's horribly wonderful body of work. Before we had the interwebs, I picked up all my B Movies from Vinyl Fetish records on Melrose.
Here's one I and probably a lot of people haven't seen before - The King himself wearing Engineer Boots. He's been seen wearing other variations of boots, but not the kind that count. Thanks for another great contribution Warren!
Being a Harley kinda guy, these could be a Harley brand or even a pair purchased from a dry goods store on Beale Street. After all, he has been known to frequent a little shop called Lanskey's.
I was recently asked to list my top production model Engineer Boots and the answer was quite simple. Clockwise from top left: The Mister Freedom Road Champ have been on my radar since their release for the model that best captures the essence of early Engineer Boots - many have tried, but no one has been able to match its style. The John Lofgren boots are, hands-down, my pick for the pair that best honors the midcentury style with its versatile profile and attractive curves. The Attractions boots bear desirable qualities found on 1950's Montgomery Wards and Santa Rosa boots and the Phigvels fill the classy style category that's both tough yet dressy.
A ton of companies are pushing out what they feel to be top contenders in this already-saturated market of homage Vintage Engineer Boots, but I feel they all fall short by adding that characteristic they feel is unique to their design. Keep this simple style simple or they all end up just tasting like chicken.
Here was a fun piece to make. My Gunnery Sergeant in charge of Well Deck operations takes a lot of notes with his supply-issued note pad and I thought it would be a nice gesture to create a leather case for it, his Navy Cash Card and other cards required onboard the USS Peleliu. For this piece, I used black Horween leather and my exclusive Japanese core spun leather thread for that clean, professional final look. As usual, my pieces are made without the aid of machines or professional dies/templates ... and made in the USA.
I've travelled the world twice over and have seen some great things during these past twenty years of military service, but the most wonderful moment of my life occurred ten years ago, today, when I married the most AMAZING woman. The celebration continues to this day. I look forward to every chapter we write in our life's novel, Jillian. FEAETROMLID!!