Saturday, September 15, 2018

MISTER FREEDOM® CAMPUS JACKET


Easily one of the most versatile and coolest leather jackets I own. Purchased back in December of 2013, I just love how it continues to evolve. Aside from the effort I put into sun tanning it upon initial purchase, the patina and wear is all natural and not forced -- the way it should be.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

BILTBUCK WEARMASTER & CO. ENGINEER BOOTS


I recently had a DM conversation with a couple of gentlemen on my Instagram that I though would be useful and worth archiving here on the blog.

Where's the best place to purchase Attractions boots?

Hit up Atsushi-San at info@attractions2006.com. Atsushi is the contact for overseas sales via e-mail and is very reliable. If you don't get anything back for some reason, let me know and i can help.

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What's the difference between the 444, 268 & 269? I'm looking it up online and a bit confused. I'm looking for a pure black boot with black sole.

The Lot.444 is the updated version of the original Lot.268 (both Horse Butt). More room in the toe box was added. The Lot.269 is made with Steerhide. They are all black without the white contrast stitching. 

Super helpful! Thank you. How are Attractions Engineers for wider footed folks? Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who writes in with questions! They help the community of collectors. 

The boots are pretty narrow and the Horse Butt is pretty stiff. Good news is they'll soon be made available in Horween Horse Butt, which means more give (read: stretch). You may have to size up.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

POST-1955 CHIPPEWA ENGINEER BOOTS


Here's a really nice looking pair of vintage Chippewa Engineers from around the early 1960s that were recently sold at auction for a very reasonable and realistic price. With the amazing homage boot offering by all the Japanese brands, a vintage pair of boots would have to be pretty incredible for me to want to spend anything over five bills.

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Brand: Chippewa
Circa: Late 1950s/Early 1960s (Although advertised as 1940s)
Color: Brown
Size: 9
Leather: Oil Tanned Cowhide (original Chippewa's were NEVER made with Horsehide leather)
Hardware: Nickel, Steel Toe
Sole/Heel: Full composition / Biltrite
Sold For: $386.99 / 16 Bids
Valued: $400-$500

Post-1955 label

Learn more about the "Post-1955" Chippewa label through my Vintage Engineer Boots Lexicon Series

Tough profile and long spear point instep strap


Full composition cord sole and aftermarket Biltrite heels

Friday, July 20, 2018

VEB LEATHER VEG-TANNED BELT PROJECT


I made myself a plain veg-tanned belt shortly after making one for Christophe and figured it's about time I put some real miles on 'em, especially after following the amazing aging and patina that has gone into his.

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After some tanning and some special VEB treatment, the color should closely match my Campus Jacket

Source: Christophe's Instagram

Monday, July 16, 2018

MY PICK FOR BEST HORSEHIDE ENGINEER BOOTS


The Attractions Co. Bilt Buck Lot.444 has my vote for the best Horsehide Engineer Boots in today’s market, hands down.

• They develop the best patina
• Unique profile easily identifiable as being Attractions Co.
• Long-lasting composite soles
• INCREDIBLE price! — $770
• Comes in 5 colors!
• Simple worldwide shipping
• Website 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

THIS JUST IN ...


These belts take quite a long time to make, but the end result is well worth the effort.

I have a lengthy wait list, so anyone interested in being added to the list for a VEB Leather piece can hit me up at villanuevado@gmail.com.

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Handcrafted Horween Leather Belts

VEB Swag - Magnets, Stickers, Key Fobs

VEB Leather Hang Tags (Natural CXL, Horsehide CXL)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

STANDARD & STRANGE X JOHN LOFGREN BLACK CAT BOOTS


I’m sure many can relate to the level of excitement I experience while waiting for a pair of boots to arrive. Anticipation builds With each passing day. Online tracking refreshed two or three ... or fifty-seven times before finally receiving the alert of its arrival.


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There’s one problem. It’s 9:00 a.m. on a work day with three meetings, two personnel formations, and a killer WOD at CrossFit Roux standing in my way of  those incredible looking Standard & Strange “Black Cat” boots.


Home by 7:00 p.m.,  I’m beaten and exhausted by the day’s events. I’d forgotten about the package from Oakland, California, but after a quick meal I’m completely reinvigorated and excited to tear into the box.



From the moment I unbox the S&S x John Lofgren & Co. collaboration M-43 Service Shoe  made with  black Japanese roughout steerhide, I know they’re something really special.


I typically don all my new boots almost immediately and begin to wear them like they owe me money. But not these. Somethin’ about these boots that make me want to baby them. Having owned several of his boots over the years, I’m well-versed on how well they can take a beating without showing any indication of structural compromise as well as how beautifully they age. So what is it that’s preventing me from taking them on a ten-mile hike thought the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and wading through the swamp? They look incredible. They feel like a million bucks, have the reputation of extremely well made boots and Jillian absolutely adores them. 



I’ll continue to baby them for now and enjoy the fit and feel, but when I move to the California desert next month all bets are off. I look forward to taking these off-road through Joshua Tree as well as on base in Twentynine Palms then brushing them off for a night on the town in Palm Springs.


Attractive, versatile, rugged, this is an investment I’d recommend to all boot collectors.



I’ve had the Black Cat Boots now for about a month and a half and they’ve been on regular rotation amongst my other favorite boots with several miles under the hood. I have to hand it to John Lofgren for going the Vibram route for all his boots. While most companies use reproduction soles that I find to wear out faster than their expected shelf life, John chose the soles with a proven track record of over eighty years. Don’t expect to have to resole his boots under normal wear or at least once with moderate to heavy wear.


One look at these boots and it’s explicitly clear they are the high-quality John Lofgren boots I’ve known for years. Thanks to Neil and Jeremy for bringing these bad ass boots to the masses.

Monday, June 18, 2018

THIS JUST IN ...


This was a pleasure to make over the weekend.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

READER MAIL - NEW TO ENGINEER BOOTS


Hi there! Firstly, I must compliment you on an outstanding page, full of great information and stunning boots. I was wondering if with your extensive knowledge, you could I fact help me source a pair of my own engineer boots? Essentially, with a number of brands and makes, I’m a bit in the dark with where to start. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Dicky

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Left to right: John Lofgren, Attractions Co., Mister Freedom

Much appreciated, Dicky!

This is a very common question that I receive on a regular basis. Here's a list of boots that are on my radar and meet my $1,000 price threshold for what I consider to be reasonably acceptable for boots.

John Lofgren ($975): 1950s style

Attractions Co. ($795): Late-1940s to mid-1950s style

Mister Freedom ($949): 1930s to early-1940s style

Clinch with Classic Narrow Last (approx. $1,000): 1940s style

Wesco 7400 narrow, tappered toe box ($600): 1940s style

Source: Denim Bitch
Red Wing 2966 ($400): Classic profile

Source: Dapper's
Dapper's Lot 1142 ($820): 1940s style

You really can't go wrong with any of these boots. I hope this helps.

Best regards,
John

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!


Due to popular demand, I'm doing another Trashy Diva "Fred Shirt" giveaway. This latest print features ol’ school New Orleans Jazz and nightlife with an emphasis on the world-famous Preservation Hall.

Check out my Instagram for details. Enter by Friday morning, 1 June 2018 -- winner will be drawn, at random, and announced that morning.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT SMALL AND LARGE SIZE BOOTS!!


This is time-sensitive, everyone! If you've always wanted top-shelf boots, but could never find your size here's your opportunity.

Over the years, I've had men and women reach out to me for help with finding boots that fit 'em. To date, I've been able to successfully find boots for a handful of them, but that ends now.

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For the next few days, Standard & Strange is taking pre-orders for the entire lineup of John Lofgren boots--Engineer Boots are being offered in sizes 6-12 and lace-up boots will come in various sizes. 


All pre-orders, ending on May 28th) will ship with a boot care kit (brush, polish, bag, rag assembled for each specific type of boot) 

Check out the entire lineup here

Thursday, May 24, 2018

READER MAIL - RED WING 2966 SIZING


John! Long time follower of VEB.com, first boot question. I’m going to pick up my first pair of engineering boots within the next 24 hours, and have what’s possibly the silliest question you’ll ever receive. Half of my friends wear insoles with their Red Wings, half don’t. What’s the consensus is with the engineering boot crowd? Asking for sizing purposes.

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"Success! Thanks again for the sizing help."
"Fits like a glove, and it's only going to get better."
Hey Matt,

Not a silly question at all. It’s actually something I’m sure all Engineer Boot owners have battled with at one time or another. I know I have during my early days of collecting.

Some people have no choice but to purchase a size up on their engineers in order to accommodate ortho inserts. I’ve used inserts early on in an effort to make the boots more comfortable only to find out my thick boot socks and added insert caused them to feel far too uncomfortable.

Of all my boots, only one pair has inserts (1-1.5 sizes too big) only because they were a gift and I tend not to let go of gifts. Otherwise, I don’t fancy inserts and a lot of people I know feel the same way.

Thanks for the follow up (and for sharing your expertise so willingly at your site over the years). I’m going to pick up my first pair of engineering boots, 2966’s, from Standard & Strange tomorrow morning.

Best,
- Matt

Saturday, May 19, 2018

READER MAIL - ATTRACTIONS CO.


Hey man I have wanted to invest in some attractions co boots but I’m not sure on the sizing. Should I get what I usually do in boots or do they run small? Or big?


For the Attractions, I personally go with my normal boot and Converse All Star sizing.

That’s what I got and they fit perfect

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BLACK CAT M-43 BOOTS


I can’t wait to break in the new Standard & Strange x John Lofgren M-43 “Black Cat” boots!

Who: Standard & Strange x John Lofgren collaboration
What: WWII-style M-43 boots made with tanned black Japanese roughout steerhide.
When: Avialable now
Why: One of top brands in footwear known for design, durability and distinction.

Stay tuned for my full review.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

READER MAIL - PECARD


Hi there John,

I just placed an order with Pecard for some antique dressing and boot oil after I fell saw the posts on your lofgren engineers. I presume you started out with the antique leather dressings and then finished it off with a coat of the boot oil for waterproofing? I’m about 6 months in on my own natural cxl lofgren engineers and wanted to give them some TLC before winter hits in Australia.

 Cheers - Josh

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USMC Style Service Boot by Ranch Road Boots

Hey Josh,

Good call on choosing Pecard. I use it on all my leather goods. I personally apply the Boot Oil first. This allows the leather to absorb it and also makes the leather a little darker (if that's your thing). Applying the conditioner first acts like a barrier and prevents the oil from completely penetrating the leather.

Cheers!
John