Sunday, April 7, 2024


Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1930s
Color: Black
Size: Unknown
Length: 11.8"
Width: 4.6"
Height: 16.33" (Obviously a factory 17")
Soles: Heels and soles were originally leather with early Cat's Paw Super Cord Soles and late Biltrite half soles and heels later added.
Leather: Unknown. 
Hardware: Nickel
Condition: Pretty damn good for such old boots. Typical backstay stitching separation
Sold For: Best offer accepted from $525.

Any best offer between three and a half to four bills is an excellent deal on these boots. Tall shafts aren't for everyone, but with so many heritage cobblers out there now, they can skillfully be cut down to twelve-inches.  

Based on the leather midsole shrinkage, it appears the soles were added early on and heels likely replaced numerous times.

I won't rule out horsehide, but despite what you read from most sellers there's absolutely no telling if vintage leather is horsehide or cowhide merely by look and feel. Old leather ages differently based on usage, exposure to the elements, etc. 

Overall, I think buyer should feel happy with the deal on these vintage engineer boots.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023


I waxed my Lofgren M-43 WWII Service Boots over 5 1/2 years ago and they've held up pretty good under moderate wear. I might dust them off and go through the process again.

Thursday, April 20, 2023


Brand: Chippewa
Circa: 1950s
Color: Black
Size: 10.5E
Length: 11 1/2"
Width: 4 1/2"
Soles: Factory Biltrite soles, modern replacement heels
Leather: Oil-tanned Cowhide
Hardware: Nickel
Condition: Damaged and repaired top straps, some backstay stitching separation
Sold For: $2,141 / 35 Bids

There hasn't been a pair of pre-1955 label Chippewa Engineer Boots that caught my attention like this offering. The leather is in great shape and in overall excellent vintage condition, but I'm a bit surprised at the somewhat steep ending price. This is one of the nicer pairs that has surfaced in quite some time, so I'm sure that contributed to the price. 

Monday, April 10, 2023


For those looking for larger sized Vintage Engineer Boots, do I have a deal for you!  Click on photos for details and more photos or click here for my boot sale page. 

*I'll be posting more boots in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out.
Measures 4 1/16 x 11 3/4

Marked size 10 1/2


Saturday, March 18, 2023


I know there a lot of folks out there who have the opportunity to only wear their leather Campus Jacket during parts of the year due to hot weather. I was able to wear my leather pieces year 'round living in the coastal area of SoCal, but this isn't feasible when I'm in the High Desert. 

The answer? Mister Freedom's upcoming Campus Jacket in midnight indigo denim!!! 

Friday, September 30, 2022

1940s / 1950s Champion for Harley Davidson and Indian

I've always had a soft spot for these vintage tops, but I've never been compelled to spend the money being asked of them (I get my custom jerseys from Hometown Jersey). 

It's interesting to see they've never really dropped in value.
Brand: Champion for Harley Davidson
Circa: 1940s/1950s 
Color: Burgundy/White
 Size: Medium 36-38 
Measurements: 20" Chest
Sold For: Best offer from $600

Brand: Champion for Harley Davidson and Indian
Circa: 1940s/1950s 
Color: Black/White, Red/White
 Size: Both Large 42-44
Sold For: $1,850 (August 17, 2022)

*This Indian Motorcycle t-shirt sold for $1,300 (info below) and then for $1,850 as a lot with this killer HD jersey.

Brand: Champion for Harley Davidson
Circa: 1940s/1950s 
Color: Black/White
 Size: Large 42-44 
Measurements: 20" Chest
Sold For: $1,300

Brand: Champion for Indian
Circa: 1940s/1950s 
Color: Red/White
 Size: Large 42-44 / 19 1/2" Chest 
Sold For: $1,300 (July 17,2022)

Saturday, July 23, 2022


One design I'll never get tired of making is my long trucker wallet. This one is made with Horween leather and antique brass hardware. For more details or to purchase, visit

I have nickel hardware versions available at both VEB Leather locations inside Mojave Flea Palm Springs and Mojave Flea Yucca Valley along with other handcrafted and curated goods.


Mister Freedom® Bronco Champ II

This jacket needs no introduction. A revisited pattern from their 2009 Bronco Champ, this 1960s-stsyle cafe racer jacket returns in a 2-3 ounce Vegetable Tanned Cowhide with brown core or "Tea Core" exclusive to Mister Freedom and made in Los Angeles, Calif. This one is going to age beautifully!
Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG 
Made in sizes 36-46, so ... for everyone!

Photo Source:
Christophe in size 38

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Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Here's my original Bronco Champ.

I'm wearing a size 36. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022


Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1950's
Color: Black
Size: 7 1/2
Length: 11 1/4"
Soles / Heels: O'Sullivan Half Sole and Heels
Leather: Oil-Tanned Cowhide (Sorry to burst your bubble, folks -- 99% of vintage boots were NOT Horsehide) Unless boots are clearly marked with the word "Horsehide" be careful when descriptions read:
- "I'm not sure, but these could be Horsehide."
- "Made with Horsehide"
- "They feel like Horsehide" Really??
- "I'm positive these are Horsehide"
- "The original owner said they were Horsehide"
- "Steerhide"
- "Horsehide"
Hardware: Brass
Sold For: $125 Buy it Now

It's clear these aren't in the best condition, but at $125 plus repair costs (resole, patching) they're worth the time. Don't fall for overpriced repair costs -- There are plenty of talented folks out there charging the  appropriate amount. When all is said and done, they should end up costing Way under four bills. 

*These could absolutely be worn as is.