Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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.
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Monday, September 22, 2014


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.



US and Korean Marines take time out from Operation Meade River to explore culinary taste differences in C-Rations, circa 1968.


Friday, September 19, 2014


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!!


Thursday, September 11, 2014


To those affected by the events of September 11, 2001, and those who fought and died to protect our freedom since that day. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Amphibious Assault Vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during well deck operations. Peleliu is the lead ship in the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group on its final regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year.


Friday, September 5, 2014


These are by far the best looking lace-to-toe work boots to hit the market in a LONG time.  The attractive curves are consistent with those on John Lofgren's Engineer Boots, which make these boots extremely unique and highly desireable.  Bravo, Mr. Lofgren!!

More photos of my new boots to follow ...


Sunday, August 31, 2014


For those of us that pre-ordered the new John Lofgren & Co. logger work boots, aka "Donkey Puncher," our wait is finally almost over!

We all know that this particular style of boot is being made by a slew of companies, but the heel counter and heel shape combined with the unique profile put these amazing boots in a class of their own.

Before and After - boots shown here were an early sample with stitching being the main difference in the production models.
I think John hit the stacked heels and profile outta the park just the way he did with his Engineer Boots and the overall profile should mke any collector excited - or at least this collector - to get their hands on 'em!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Here's a very nice pair of Vintage Engineer Boots sent in to me by VEB contributor, Warren. Originally released in the late 1940's, these sold for a perfect $499. They bear that staple 1940's profile sought after by collectors, but unfortunately don't possess a label from any big name brands of the day ... or they definitely would have garnered at least twice the money on the auction block. There's slight damage from what appears to be exposure to water, but nothing too detracting.  I wouldn't have paid any more than six bills for these, so kudos to the winner for the steal.

Oh, and these aren't made with Horsehide. I've mentioned this time and again; unless they are marked "Horsehide," don't get caught up with spending an extra five plus bills for oil tanned cow ... regardless of what the seller claims.  Props to the seller of these boots for not including misleading key words in the description.



I decided to try my hand at making a watch band for one of my many deployment watches and am very pleased with the huge difference a leather band makes. I made this one with black Horween and my exclusive core spun thread to complement the watch colors.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Advertised as "1930's" through "1950's" and possibly made of Horsehide leather, these late 1950's / early 1960's Vintage Engineer Boots are in fact not Horsehide, but rather the lowest grade of footwear leather - Split Grain Cowhide.


Don't get me wrong, some great VEB's were made with this leather - these definitely are not a pair of them.

With a final auction price of $431, they sold for about $200 more than they are worth. 

Two or three more bills and one could easily have a pair of super amazing homage boots from some big Japanese brands.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Kudos to Tomonari Nishizaki and the other cool cats over at Attactions for keeping the momentum goin' on what I consider to be quality homage Engineer and Riding boots.  The new Lot.301 Roper's are their same popular riders with added hair-on-hide.  Nice one!



It's truly an honor to be the last five permanent personnel Marines onboard the USS Peleliu as she will be officially decomissioned early next year.  Here is Gunnery Sergeant Polk being promoted to Master Sergeant in the hallowed halls of the CPO (Chief Petty Officer) Mess on 16 August 2014.