Saturday, July 4, 2015


Marines gettin' some during pre-WWI 4th of July celebrations.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Now that my household shipment has arrived I can now start creating my custom leather belts and other leather goods.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller 
June 26, 1898


I receive a ton of e-mail from folks asking about affordable boots and I almost always recommend eBay ... and a lot of patience. Priced just right at $149, these low budget VEB's are sure to answer the mail for those on a strict budget. I also recommend never paying more than two to three bills for Split Leather - these were even offered in a studded version, which I consider to be higher end of this dollar value. Don't waste your money on non-archival boots.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Brand: Unknown - Generic
Color: Black
Size: 10
Leather: Split Cow
Soles / Heels: Cat's Paw
Hardware: Nickel
Condition: "Good"
Sold For: $500 / Buy It Now

I've mentioned time and time again that "Knowledge is Power" and either the buyer of these Engineer Boots - made with a quality of leather just above pleather - has a large disposable income or truly believed these 1960's / 1970's boots were actually circa 1950's.

From the tiny thumbnail in the search results, it was obvious these boots were the furthest thing from being mid-century and the enlarged photos clearly reinforced this.  Unique characteristics I keyed in on include split cowhide, the addition of aftermarket Cat's Paw heel lifts / half-soles atop molded composition plastic soles and  the overall profile - 1950's flat-toed Engineer Boots have a distinct look compared to something made later in the century.  There's no question these boots are vintage with a period resole, but in terms of value I wouldn't suggest paying more than a "C-Note" for these ... if someone really wanted a starter pair.

I've provided quite a bit of empirical data on this blog that should assist potential buyers of this footwear style in making an informed buying decision.  Had the buyer done a little bit of research here, four, if not five bills could have been used towards something more vintage.  Even I do research using information I've posted on this blog.

If you're unsure of a purchase, please feel free to contact me.  I'm more than glad to help.  There are quite a few e-mails that I'm delinquent on responding to, but rest assured that I'll catch up to them once my workload lightens up.  They just may end up on "reader mail."


"I chose to be Mrs. Johnny Cash in my life."

June Carter Cash
23 June 1929

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Unless you've been quarantined for the past several years, you know Christophe Loiron and his team of bandits have been steadily chugging along and giving fans what they want -- an eclectic lineup of pieces sure to bring diversity to anyone's closet. I'm still playing catch-up with items from seasons gone by, but if they continue at this pace I'll never see the end of it. Here's a little of what's been offered in just the past few months. Check out more at the shop or blog

I'm glad to see a new Pea Coat. Now the folks who picked up the ol' version from a JCrew  sale/outlet can stop trying to sell them online at a premium.

Just in time for summer!


I was very proud and honored to have my father pin me during my promotion to Staff Sergeant, circa 2001. Happy Father's Day, Pops!

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Brand: J.C. Penney
Circa: 1950's
Color: Black
Sole: 10 1/2"
Height: 4"
Sole: Cat's Paw
Hardware: Brass, Riveted Sole
Leather: Cowhide
Sold For: Unknown. Initially offered for $800, but taken down

These are a smaller size, but worth featuring. I've received a lot of e-mails from women asking where they could find good Vintage Engineer Boots and this is a prime example of those that can be found online. Since the listing was taken down early, we can only speculate that a deal was brokered offline. Being a smaller size, I would only hope the buyer paid no more than five bills ... but I three to four would be ideal.

These are claimed to be from the 1940's, but I beg to differ. I would date them to at least the early 1950's.


Chet Atkins
June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001

Monday, June 15, 2015


It was a very pleasant trip across the good ol' USA and we are very fortunate that Jillian found a sweet midcentury Ranch-style home not long after our arrival to New Orleans. It needs some upgrades and her vintage design style, but when all is said and done, we'll call this "home" for the next three years.


I've had the pleasure of working with a lot of good Marines over my twenty plus years with whom I've trained, mentored and guided both in garrison and in multiple combat zones. You never really know the impact you have on them until, one day, you receive an e-mail like this.


Congratulations on making it to Master Guns. I'm sure I am way behind the power curve on that. I just got to thinking the other day about our deployment to Iraq and wanted to thank you for the mentorship you gave me over that short time. Your assistance with my meritorious promotion to Corporal has allowed me to surpass all my peers over the years. I am currently at 11 years and in the below zone for Gunny this year. I just figured I'd reach out and see how you were doing and let you know that your help has gotten me to where I am now. Thank you MGySgt.

Semper Fidelis

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas

CEFCO gas station - Amarillo, Texas

Somewhere in Arizona

Tucumcari, New Mexico