Monday, December 5, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Hi john, was wanting to get your opinion on the Chippewa"1949 Original" model...I really enjoy your blog and Instagram! Thanks!
Thanks for the e-mail!
BLUF - I'm not much of a fan. They're modern Engineer Boots billed as "Original 1940" and the style falls short on representing either of these years.
The buckles -- which ironically look like those used on Red Wing boots -- are great, though. I feel that a simple buckle swap on the M1901M48 model (top right) would make them a big hit.
For the $430 price tag on the "Original 1940," I would sooner purchase a pair of Red Wing 2966s from Standard And Strange (only $400 with better leather and incredible aging results - currently restocking)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Brian The Bootmaker's RC1940 last replicates the profile and toe box true boot collectors dream to find on original 1930's - 1950's Engineer Boots. And the best part? The unstructured toe box flattens out just like an original. This is a characteristic found only on a handful of today's homage boots, which comes with a premium I'm more than happy to pay.
Shown here is the evolution of the RC1940 last with my Mister Freedom® Road Champ Engineer Boots (right) with Role Club and VEB Leather modification (MD) just a few days back from Brian.
On the left are my RC1940 Whites Boots Semi-Dress boots in Horsehide beginning to deflate with just two months of wear.
My RC1940 Role Club LII98 I personally studded and added a ball chain D-pocket to are completely deflated at seven months old and developing a square'ish shape.
There you have it, folks -- the evolution of one the best lasts on todays market. I'd like to note that Road Champs have had the best last since their release back in 2009 but this particular pair were a half size too big and I decided to have Brian give them a defined shape during the resize process. No big deal since they'll flatten out with some new attitude.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Since letting go of my brown Horsehide cap toe Whites Semi-Dress boots, I've been on a serious hunt for the perfect replacements. I've thrown around the idea of Red Wing Iron Rangers, but wanted something not so common. Then I came across these eye-catching Service Boots by Ranch Road Boots.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Sometime back in 2013, while stationed on the island of Okinawa, I was cutting some leather with a very sharp blade for a VEB Leather custom order. Disregarding the common sense rule of "cut away from your body," the blade inevitably slipped and sliced at my left thigh. Through the miracle of Mister Freedom's Rider's Dungaree 14 ounce denim and Sugar Cane fibers, I made it out injury-free! I used crazy glue to control the fraying caused by the blade.
Not only are MFSC pieces some of the coolest out there, but they also save lives.
*Saving my life is a bit overkill, but I did escape a severe injury for sure =)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
A pair of pristine 1893 Levi Strauss & Co. jeans that were stored for decades in a trunk will go up for auction soon and are expected to bring in tens of thousands of dollars. The jeans were ordered for Solomon Warner, a businessman and pioneer who participated in the creation of the Arizona Territory. Warner wore them only a few times before falling ill. He died in 1899.
It would be interesting to find out how much Levi's is willing to drop on this piece of history.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Thanks for doing the blog. Its just awesome. At the moment I'm looking for a pair of what I'd call entry level engineer boots. To me this means something readily available and sub $500. I really dig the look of the Red Wing 2966, but I'm lost as to how to get a pair (I live in New York). Of additional concern to me is that I wear prescribed orthotic insoles which take up a lot of room in a boot. Being able to try on a pair in a brick and mortar store would be helpful. It seems like the Chippewa 1901M48 or Red Wing 2990 are the top contenders, but I'm assuming others are out there that I haven't come across yet. Which of these would you recommend, or are there other boots I should be considering? Thanks so much for your help and service.